In surfing, as in life, protection is of the essence, shielding your car’s interior from melted surf wax, preventing unwanted pregnancies, and—most importantly of all—keeping your surfboards ding-free. If you own a surfboard, it’s likely that at some point in your life you’ll need some sort of sheath to put it in—either a surfboard sock or a surfboard bag, of which there are three main types: day board bags, travel board bags, and coffins.
Surfboard Bags: Surfboard Socks
A sock for your surfboard will guard it from scrapes, dust, and minor bumps, and also stop your wax from rubbing off on other surfaces. It’s a handy piece of lightweight protection when leaving your surfboard around the house, it’ll serve as a barrier between your surfboard and the inside of your car, and can provide an extra layer of padding inside another board bag.
Look for a sock no more than 6 inches longer than your surfboard, the closer the fit the better (this rule of thumb applies to board bags too). They’re relatively cheap to buy, or if your granny’s a legend try and persuade her to knit you one. Taking the measurements of your boyfriend’s/girlfriend’s/relative’s surfboard and getting one custom made is an inspired idea for a Christmas present.
Surfboard Bags: Surfboard Day Bags
A step up from a board sock and providing significantly more protection from dings and sun damage is the day bag, which generally consists of a waterproof, UV reflective, tarpaulin zip-up shell. Most are 5mm thick; some are more spacious in the tail to accommodate fins, others have little slits for them to poke out through; almost all come with a detachable shoulder strap.