Surfboard bags and cases are a useful piece of gear if you’re serious about keeping your board in good condition. Surfboards are cumbersome and ding easily, and it’s common for even the most careful person to inadvertently turn around and slam their surfboard into an unseen car or wall.
Surfboards also get yellow as they are exposed to the sun. Keeping your board in a sock or bag will slow this yellowing process.
Travel bags and cases are also essential if you plan on traveling with your boards. Ever see how those baggage handlers like to throw luggage around? Yeah.
Surfboard bags come in several different varieties:
Socks – Surfboard socks are cloth bags that come in a variety of colors and patterns. These offer the least protection from dings, but are great if you’re traveling a short distance and want to keep your board free from scratches. They’ll also protect against the stray flying pebble when you’re driving around with your board on the roof.
Day Bags – Day bags are light, padded bags with handles and a shoulder strap. They often come in a silvery metallic color to help deflect the heat of the sun. These bags are excellent everyday transportation aids for your board. They’ll protect against a lot of abuse, and the shoulder straps and handles help carry around cumbersome boards.
Travel Bags/Coffins – These are heavy duty bags designed for extensive travel on the road or on planes. You can get some bags that fit several surfboards inside (without the fins). Some also come with wheels for easy transportation.
I recommend either FCS, Destination, Pro-Lite, or DaKine surfboard bags. I have used them all and have had no problems. They’ve kept my boards free from unnecessary wear and tear.