Best Surfboard Bag Review – Destination Surf

4 Mar

I met the Destination Surf team at the Sacred Craft Expo in Del Mar last fall. Good group of guys. I was hunting for a board bag company that would stand by their product.  I’ve had countless board bags, and the weak point is always the zipper. Most companies (yeah you XM), use crappy, cheapass zippers.  And when they fail, you are hosed.  The labor of tearing off the old zipper means replacing it at a local shop costs as much as a new bag.  So you throw it away. Great, more crap in the landfill.

There are some companies that stand behind their product with lifetime warranties (Dakine), but they tend to be pricey, and I’ve tested Dakine’s warranty on a surf pack and they declined to fix the zipper.  Soooo, what’s a warranty worth if the company won’t honor it.

Enter Destination Surf.  Down in Encinitas, a surf town.  Owned by a second generation surfers, Aaron and Katherine Smith.  Husband and wife team.  How much better can it get.   I trust them and I trust their product.  They offer a lifetime warranty on zippers and seams. When you call the company, you’re talking to someone who cares.  Not a call center.  You can buy online, or at one of my favorite surf shops, Stewarts Surf Shop in San Clemente, CA.

They have both day bags and travel bags. If your buying this as a stocking stuffer next Christmas to go with that surf tour to Indo, then get the travel bag.  It’s more expensive but holds multiple boards and protects that fragile fiberglass from the airline apes loading baggage.  

If not, and it’s just for getting boards safely from home to local surf spot, save some money and get a day bag. They run between $90 and $120, the cost of two professional ding repairs.  

Who’s it for?

Any surfer that has their own board, and doesn’t want to spend all their spare time or money fixing dings.

Surfer’s who like to travel with their own boards, and bring that back in one piece.

What’s it cost?

Daybags between $80 and $140 depending on size and capacity.

Travel bags up to $400 depending on size, capacity and features (wheels, etc).

Where to get it?

Online at Destination Surf – they offer free shipping on orders over $150.

And you should follow their blog at www.dsurfblog.com/  They surf, travel and look like they’re having a blast.

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