How to choose a cover for your surfboard

To choose the correct cover for your surfboard, you must ask yourself what you will use the cover for.  There are different types of surfboard covers, which can be divided into three families: sock, standard and travel. Each one has its advantages and disadvantages, and each cover exists with different designs to adapt to all types of boards. Of course, they also exist in different sizes.

We are going to explain to you the steps to follow in order to choose the surfboard cover that is most suitable for your needs and for your board.

1. Choose the type of cover between sock, standard and reinforced

Surfboard socks have the advantage of being light and occupying very little space. They protect the board from sun to prevent it from yellowing, and they also protect it from sand and petrol if you are travelling with your board inside your van or car.  However, they offer very little protection from shocks, since they are not padded. Sock covers are perfect for short trips in a car, van, bike or motorbike.

Standard board covers have 5mm thick padding, which provides reasonable protection from shocks. They are usually made from a reflective material to protect your board from the sun and high temperatures, by ensuring it does not heat up too much. Many of them have an internal pocket that allows you to store your surfboard fins, wax, and other small accessories. This is the most common type of cover; it is perfect for any car trip and for daily use.

Travel or reinforced surfboard covers have 10 or 12 mm thick padding, and exist in single, double, triple and quadruple version, with or without wheels. As their name suggests, they are designed for long trips by car or by plane since they offer optimal protection against shocks. You can carry up to 4 boards in one cover, and some models even have wheels to help you transport them to and within the airport. The single models are also perfect if you are a little obsessive with your new board and you don’t want anything to happen to it.

2. Choose a design adapted to the shape of your board.

Our surfboards can have a pointed nose (shortboard), round nose (mini-malibu, egg, mini Simmons) or something in between (fish, hybrids). So that the cover fits your board well and that it easily fits inside but without extra material on the sides, be sure to check the design of the nose of the cover.

You should also be careful with hybrid surfboards. They are becoming increasingly common, and are significantly wider than normal surfboards; often they are more than 20″ wide.  If this is the case, ensure that the cover is wide enough. Some manufacturers indicate clearly the maximum board width that the cover can fit, but others don’t.  If you have any doubts, you can ask us – we will measure the width of the cover and we will tell you if your board will fit or not.

3. Choose the length of the cover

For the sock covers, choose the same length as your board, or even 2’’ shorter. Those covers are stretchy, and so the cover will fit your board well.

For standard covers, choose the same length as your board, or 2” longer. This way, your board will fit even with the fins attached, and you will have space left for your wetsuit, booties or a towel.

For travel covers, we recommended choosing one at least 2’’ longer than the length of your board, but even up to 4” – 6” longer than your longest board. This way, you can put clothes or cardboard at the top and bottom of your boards, therefore providing extra protection for the boards in these very fragile areas.  In addition, bear in mind that, unfortunately, you will not use these covers much and you will be able to keep them up to 10 or 15 years. Your boards will change, they may be longer, and this way you will be able to transport your future, longer boards. In addition, on a plane, it will cost you the same to travel with a 220cm length cover or a 235cm length cover.

4. The small details that make the difference

If, after making shortlist based on these three criteria, you are still hesitating between two models, look at the small details that make the difference: internal pocket, padded shoulder strap, quality of the finish, quality of the materials, reputation of the brand, etc.…

We have loads of covers at the store, in all shapes and sizes. We recommend that you use the filters to find the most suitable cover for your surfboard more easily.  And if you don’t find it, or if the size you need is out of stock, contact us and we will do everything we can to get it for you.

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