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How to transport your paddle by car?

Transporting your inflatable SUP by car can be a convenient and efficient way to access water, especially if you cannot walk or do not wish to deflate and reinflate your board. Although an inflatable paddle is easier to transport by car than a rigid paddle, it is essential to take steps to maximise safety during transport to protect your equipment from damage and avoid accidents on the road. Find out all our tips for transporting your SUP efficiently here.

Step 1: Choose the right transport equipment

Carrying your inflatable paddle in a car requires the right transport equipment to ensure its safety. Here are some things to consider when choosing the right equipment to carry your board.

comment transporter un paddle gonflable en voiture

First of all, it is important to choose a roof rack that fits your vehicle. Make sure it can carry the weight of your board and that it is compatible with the bindings you use.
Roof racks are also a very good choice for carrying your board. They are easy to install and can be adjusted to fit different sizes.

Choose the right straps to hold your board in place. Straps are the most common fasteners and are usually included with roof racks and roof bars. They should be strong enough to support the weight of your board and securely fastened.

There are also board racks specially designed for inflatable paddles. These racks are usually fitted with protective foams to protect your board from damage during transport. Some racks can also be used inside your vehicle, a convenient option if you don’t want to leave your board outside.

Don’t forget to take into account the dimensions of your board when choosing the transport material. It is also important to make sure that the rack you choose is perfectly suited to the size of your board.

Comment installer un paddle gonflable sur le toit d'une voiture

Step 2: Attach the inflatable paddle to the roof of the car

To transport your board without deflating it, you can either slide your SUP inside the passenger compartment, by lowering the rear seats, if your vehicle allows it, or on the roof of the vehicle.

The most convenient method is on the roof. To do this, simply install the racks or rigid roof bars on the roof of your vehicle, then place the protective foams on top of them to cushion the impact. Then place your board on your installation, with the fins upwards, and pass the straps around your board and attach them securely to the roof racks. Tighten the straps slightly to hold your board in place without damaging the board. Check that your board is secure before you set off.

Step 3: Check the stability of the load during transport

comment mettre son SUP sur le toit de la voiture

Carrying your inflatable paddle in a car requires regular checks of the stability of the load to avoid the risk of an accident on the road. Once your board has been installed and secured, check that your board does not move by performing a test in a safe area. If the board moves or you hear a rattling noise, it may indicate that the board is not secured properly. In this case, tighten the straps.

On long distances, it is recommended to take a break every 2 hours to check the condition of your equipment. Also be aware of the weather conditions: strong winds and side winds can cause excessive movement and vibration on your paddle, compromising its stability. If this happens to you, reduce your speed and stay safe.

In summary

To ensure optimal and safe transport of your paddle, here are our tips:
  • Make sure your paddle is properly inflated, otherwise you risk damaging the structure or fins of your board,
  • Your board should be proportionate to the size of your vehicle. A board that is too long can affect the stability of your car,
  • It is important to distribute the weight of your load evenly. Avoid placing other heavy objects on the roof of the car, especially on the side opposite the board, to avoid imbalances while driving,
  • Use a cover to protect your board from scratches or bad weather,
  • Be aware of road obstacles (low bridges, tunnels, covered car parks, sharp turns, etc.).
  • To protect your board from theft, you can put a third strap around the board or use a suitable anti-theft device.

If you still have any questions about this, or any other request, please do not hesitate to contact us!

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