A Review of the new Dakine Surfboard Travel Bag Line

Hey Guys, I got a GREAT one for you today! Dakine has come out with their new Travel Surfboard Bag line and I wrote one of my best pieces yet on their Bags for our website. Again, the delay in posting sooner was do to baby Isla, she’s doing well and will be ripping in no time. The original article is posted here, Enjoy!

https://www.thesurfboardwarehouse.com/c-43-dakine-travel-surfboard-bags.aspx

Dakine Travel Surfboard Bags: “A Review of the new Dakine Surfboard Travel Bag Line”

An Article By: Chris Hough, CEO: The Surfboard Warehouse
Originally Posted: 4/6/2017

Dakine Travel Surfboard Bags have always been a personal favorite of mine, I’ve used several over the course of my surfing “career” and I’ve never had one let me down. That said, Dakine has just released their new line of Travel Surfboard Bag and there have been some changes. I believe that Dakine is moving in the right direction, but, in my opinion there’s still a bit more they could do to hone in their Travel Surfboard Bag line. This and more discussed below, if you like geeking out on Dakine gear read on!

First, lets talk about what Dakine has done right when it comes to the new Dakine Surfboard Travel Bag line. Quality. I decided to tackle it with that one word because the quality I have come to expect over the years is still there and in a world where everyone seems to be cutting costs, it’s nice to see that Dakine has opted not to sacrifice the quality of their Travel Surfboard Bags to save a few bucks. Everything you would expect from a well made Travel Surfboard Bag is there, durability, functionality, padding, comfortable handles and shoulder straps, pockets, as well as some extra features you’ll grow to love.

More specifically, lets talk about some changes and some of the new Travel Surfboard Bags has added to their line. First and it’s brilliant, Dakine has added the Dakine Recon Hybrid Travel Surfboard Bag to their line. We, at The Surfboard Warehouse have been begging for a bag like this from Dakine for years. We’ve seen the trends, guys are traveling with shorter wider Surfboards and this bag delivers. Now, if I’m being completely transparent with you, we did wonder why Dakine chose to make this bag a “single” Travel Bag, where every other similar Travel Surfboard Bags in their line are what we call “slim doubles” and can effectively hold one or two surfboards. This would leave those of you wanting to travel with a Shortboard and a Hybrid or Fish effectively out of luck. Anyway, something to think about and something I will personally ask Dakine about should I get the chance. Other wise well done Dakine with the Dakine Recon Hybrid Travel Surfboard Bag, which can be found at the below link.

https://www.thesurfboardwarehouse.com/p-2623-dakine-recon-hybrid-travel-surfboard-bag-single.aspx

Dakine has also added the “Peahi” Travel Surfboard Bag for those of you that chase big waves. While we realize this is a small market, we do get a good number of people looking for a Travel Surfboard Bag that they can use with their big wave Gun and now we have it. The Dakine Recon Peahi Travel Surfboard Bag Gun is one of the “slim doubles” I was talking about early and can carry two Guns, up to 11 ft. long. Other standouts with the new Dakine Travel Surfboard Bag line as always, is the Dakine World Traveler, one of our most popular wheeled Travel Surfboard Bags year after year. Here the only thing we might ask is that Dakine make one size smaller with the Dakine World Traveler, say a 6’0″ or 6’4″, which goes back to my point earlier, surfers are traveling with smaller surfboards.

Something else we love this year is the Dakine Tour Regulator that can hold between 6 and 8 surfboards! What’s interesting about this surfboard bag is that it has 3/4 foam padding on the side walls, more padding than we’ve ever seen in a Travel Surfboard Bag, so way to go Dakine. If you’re traveling with a big group, or a ton of surfboards make sure to give the Dakine Tour Regulator Travel Surfboard Bag the once over. In retrospect, Dakine absolutely crushed their Travel Surfboard Bag line this year. Every flaw that I could come up with was mentioned here and if I’m being honest it was hard to find them.

Packing your Travel Surfboard Bag

Hey guys! Sorry for the delay, this time it’s not a hack, or our blog disappearing that caused my delay, it’s a baby. 🙂 My wife and I just had a baby girl, so I’ve been at home enjoying being a Dad. That said I figured it was well past time for a post on my blog. So here you go! I just recently posted this article to our website. The original article is posted here:

https://www.thesurfboardwarehouse.com/s-4-surfboard-travel-bags.aspx

Travel Surfboard Bags: “Tips for Packing your Travel Surfboard Bag”

An Article By: Chris Hough, CEO: The Surfboard Warehouse
Originally Posted: 3/23/2017

At The Surfboard Warehouse we get tons of questions from our customers about how to properly pack a Travel Surfboard Bag.  Which got me to thinking, I should probably cover some of that information for you here, as there are some tricks that can be really helpful when getting ready for your next surf trip. Obviously, first you need to makes sure you’re traveling with a Travel Surfboard Bag and NOT a Surfboard Day Bag. A surfboard day bag does not have the padding you’ll need when it comes to keeping your boards safe during air travel, so please keep that in mind. Beyond that, read on for tips on how to pack your Travel Surfboard Bag.

Packing your Travel Surfboard Bag can be a slightly different process depending on how many surfboards your traveling with. If you have single surfboard and a single Travel Surfboard Bag, I find it much easier to pack your surfboard in this situation because there aren’t multiple surfboards that could knock into each other during your travels. In this situation, take your beach towels (I’m assuming you’ll be traveling with some) and wrap your board in them first. Then I would wrap duct tape around the towels to keep them securely wrapped around your surfboards and then place your surfboard, wrapped in your beach towels into your Travel Surfboard Bag. Remember to take the duct tape with you so you have it for packing your surfboards in your return trip. I find beach towels a better solution to bubble wrap because you’re taking them anyway, so why spend the money on bubble wrap?

Next, a great solution for the rails of your surfboard are pool noodles! The following can be done with a single Travel Surfboard Bag or when traveling with a larger Travel Surfboard Bag that can hold multiple surfboards. Simply go to the dollar store (if you spend more than a dollar per noodle you’ve spent to much) and by a few pool noodles. Depending on your surfboard length and the length of the pool noodles 2 to 4 noodles per surfboard should be perfect. Once at home take each pool noodle and slit a strait line down one side with a box cutter so that the pool noodle has a side that can be opened up and fit over the rail of your Surfboards. Depending on you’re surfboards and how they fit in your Travel Surfboard Bag, you may need to grab the duct tape we discussed earlier to help secure the noodles to the rails of your surfboards.

I have seen lots of tricks with cardboard on the nose and tale of surfboards when traveling, but to me that creates a hard surface inside your Travel Surfboard Bag that could damage your surfboards. If you feel the need to pad the nose or tail of your boards I would again look to the pool noodle as a much batter option. If you’re traveling with multiple surfboards you may want to buy some inexpensive surfboard day bags or surfboard socks for each surfboard. Then you can put each board into it’s own surfboard day bag before you pack them all into your Travel Surfboard Bag. You don’t need to spend a lot here a very basic day bag or sock will do. This serves two purposes; one, the day bags will keep you surfboards from hitting each other while your traveling and two, when you get to your final destination you have a day bag for each surfboard should you choose to make day trips to other breaks.

On a final note, don’t worry about packing clothes, wetsuits and other surf accessories in your Travel Surfboard Bag with your surfboards. Just be aware that any hard objects could damage your surfboards if you don’t properly wrap them in something soft. Most Travel Surfboard Bags will come with multiple pockets for surfboard fins, Wax etc. take advantage of these pockets. If you can fit everything into your Travel Surfboard Bag and one additional carry on you’ll avoid the airline fees for any extra checked bags. Last, refer to your airlines website when packing your Travel Surfboard Bag to make sure you meet any weight and length requirements. That said, I’ve found you can thrown that all out the window when you get to the check in counter. At that point being polite and discussing things in a friendly manner can go a long way. With the right attitude you might even be able to get any oversized fees waived when it comes to your Travel Surfboard Bag.

At The Surfboard Warehouse we all surf, we care, we want you to get the right Surfboard Travel Bag for your trip and we want you to save money doing it. You’re a surfer, we’re an ACTUAL surf shop that understands Surfboards and the Surfboard Travel Bags we sell. At The Surfboard Warehouse, on this very page, you’ll see the largest selection of Surfboard Travel Bags in the world, made by reputable manufactures at great prices. Not sure which Surfboard Travel you need? Call us, we’re here and we’ll help. We typically have every Surfboard Travel Bag offered here in our warehouse, so we can pull it and put our hands on it to answer any specific questions you may have. Thank you for considering The Surfboard Warehouse.

Barrel Hunting with a Future Fins Quad Set

What’s up everyone?!? Chris here again and I just dropped a article on The Surfboard Warehouse explaining Quads and why you would probably prefer a Quad Fin Set when barrel hunting, all within the context of Futures Fins Quads sets. So, whether you’ve never ridden a Quad or a Quad is your “go to”, I’m sure you’ll find a few good nuggets to chew on. Until Next time. 🙂 The originally article is posted here:

https://www.thesurfboardwarehouse.com/c-157-futures-fins-5-fin-sets-tri-quad.aspx

Futures Fins Quad Fin Sets: “Barrel Hunting with a Future Fins Quad Set”
An Article By: Chris Hough, CEO: The Surfboard Warehouse

I have personally ridden a Futures Fins Quad Fin Set on the North Shore and for those of you who have never made your way to the North Shore of HI, the word that sums it up is HEAVY. If you’ve done your research on Quad Fins you should have found that if you’re going to be barrel hunting, riding a Quad is probably going to be your ticket when it comes to getting in and out of deep, fast barrels. In this article we’re going to dive into why that is and attempt to give a frame of reference when it comes to the Futures Fins Quad Fin line. Now, we did talk about Futures Fins Thruster Fins and 5-Fin Sets previously in the below articles, please reference them if necessary.

“Loose your Mind with Futures Fins Thruster Fins”

“Thruster? Quad? Both. Futures Fins 5-Fin Sets”

The Quad is interesting and actually out dates the thruster, though the modern surfer might not realize that fact. The reason the quad has come back so strong lately is because of the progression of “shape”. Surfboard shape has come a long way in recent years, new materials and new outlines have had shapers wondering what would happen if they took their design and made it a Quad. Furthermore, Futures Fins, other removable surfboard fins and more specifically 5-Fin boards have given shapers the ability to test a single surfboard as a Thruster and a Quad without changing any thing else. And what’s the take away? A Futures Fins Quad Set might have more to do with the conditions than the actual surfboard(s) that they’re on, think getting barreled.

That brings you up to speed. Now why is it that a Quad tends to do better in hollow, powerful waves? With a little thought, we can walk you though why. Think about leaning on rail HARD, you’re going to have your inside fin engaged with the wave and probably “some” of your center fin, if you’re on a thruster. Now, lets follow this through. If you’re center fin comes out of the wave, your finished. You’ve “slid out” and if you’re in a barrel it’s over the falls you go. What happens if you’re using a Futures Fins Quad? When you lean on rail you’re going to have two fins completely engaged on the face and since your Futures Fins Quad Rear Fins are closer to the rails than the center fin on a thruster would be, you’re less likely to slide out. That’s it, that’s why a Quad Fin Set is going to be better for Barrel Hunting, you have more hold and can lean on harder on rail.

Now enter Futures Fins specifically. I LOVE Futures Fins Quad Fin line, specifically because you have options. Not only are their a good number of Future Fins Quad Sets, there’s also a ton of Quad Rear Fins. You’ll also find different flex patters and sizes, so you’re sure to fins a Quad Fin Set that suits your “feel”. For smaller waves, I’d go with a quad that has a Vector 2 Foil, which is unique to Futures. The Futures Fins Generation Series F6 5-Fin and Stamps 5-Fin Sets come to mind. Then for big heavy barrels I’d go with a flat foil, as a flat foiled fin doesn’t necessarily generate it’s own speed, which you won’t need if it’s heavy. The Futures Fins new Control Series EA Quad Fins come to mind. If you’re absolutely insane and trying to drop into BOMBS, spend the money and get a Futures Fins G-10 Glass Quad. In that type of situation, where not making the wave is life or death, you want a Quad Fin set that will hold your line no matter what. Futures offers the GL 3.75 Quad, the GL 4.0 Quad and the Paddle Quad in G-10 Glass.

At The Surfboard Warehouse, we’ve also partnered with the Finatic Fin Testing Program as a way to offer you a solution when it comes to trying Futures Fins before you buy them. Finatic allows you the ability to test every set of Futures Fins through their platform which operates much link Netflix. You set up your “queue” of fins and receive a set in the mail, to surf as long as you like. When you’re comfortable with how those fins affect your surfing you simply send them back and Finatic will send you another set from your queue. We believe that Finatic is the next thing in the evolution of our sport when it comes to surfboard fins and that’s why we have chosen to partner with them. Finatic does not sell new fins, so when you find a set of fins that you like, head back here to The Surfboard Warehouse let us know which set you’d like to purchase and we’ll get them to you.

At The Surfboard Warehouse, we are proud to say that we have sold Futures Fins over the internet longer than anyone else! So when it comes to your shortboard, if it’s a Futures Fins Thruster set you’re after, you know that we’re able to help you get the exact set of Futures Fins that’s best for you and your shortboard. If you’re not sure which set of Futures Fins you need, pleas call us, we’re here and we’ll help. Thank you for considering The Surfboard Warehouse.

Thruster? Quad? Both. Futures Fins 5-Fin Sets

Good day to everyone out there in Cyber space. I spent some time after my Futures Fins Thruster article trying to figure out where to go next and thanks to a TON of feedback, I realized that surfers had a lot of questions about thrusters VS quads within the context of a 5-Fin set. Many of you wanted some pointers on when to use a thruster and when to run a quad. Since I had just talked about Futures Fins Thruster Sets, I figured I’d continue with an article that answered your questions within the context of Futures Fins 5-Fin sets. The result is the below article that was originally posted here:

https://www.thesurfboardwarehouse.com/c-157-futures-fins-5-fin-sets-tri-quad.aspx

If anyone has any questions or suggestions feel free to hit me up, if I don’t’ know the answer I’ll find someone that does. 🙂 Thanks for all the support, I’ll catch you guys soon!

Futures Fins 5-Fin Sets: “Thruster? Quad? Both. Futures Fins 5-Fin Sets”
An Article By: Chris Hough, CEO: The Surfboard Warehouse

We touched on Futures Fins 5-Fin Sets in a previous article I wrote titled, “Futures Fins Thruster Fin Sets: “Loose your Mind with Futures Fins Thruster Fins”. That said, today’s discussion will focus specifically on Futures Fins 5-Fin Sets, what you can expect from a thruster vs a quad, when you should use a thruster vs a quad and we’ll talk about specific sets within the Future Fins 5-Fin Set line. On a side note, what I personally like about any 5-Fin set is that you have options and I have written this article to help you discover them.

First off with a Futures 5-Fin Set you can choose to run it as a thruster, front two fins plus the trailer. I would like to note here that it is worth your while to buy yourself some Futures Fins box fillers so that you can fill the gaps left by any fin boxes not being used. Fins are all about reducing drag, so it doesn’t make sense to research 5-Fins Sets, just to INCREASE your drag by not filling any unused boxes, in this case the quad rear pair. FILL THEM. Anyway, I like to watch the pros and see when they use which fins. I often find that during competitions guys are using thruster set ups when there’s an open face to be had. If you think about it, the rear fin in a thruster set gives you a clear pivot point, this lends a thruster set-up towards quick directional changes, like hitting the lip or pivoting of the bottom quickly. Therefor, if you have waves with an open, ripable face, you probably want to run your Futures 5-Fin Set as a thruster.

Next, you could obviously choose to run your Futures 5-Fin Set as a quad, but when? And why? With a quad set-up, that clearly defined pivot point is gone and while the tail of your board does still act as your pivot point, with out that rear fin quick directional changes become less defined. However, if you’re barrel hunting, switch to your quad. Trust me. When you have steep, fast, hollow waves that lend themselves towards barrels, you’re going to want to lean on rail, pick your line and hold it. With a quad you’re going to have two fins completely engaged with the water at all times, giving you the leverage and hold you need when barrel hunting. If you’re having trouble getting barreled, this could be the missing piece, so grab your Futures 5-Fin Set and switch it to a quad.

Last, would you ever want to run all 5 Fins? No. Well… Yes. Kinda… If you remember a few years ago Kelly Slater was at the N.Y. Pro. and pulled the biggest no handed 360 in the history of competitive surfing. Not that you’re Kelly Slater, or that you can do 360 airs, however he was technically using 5 Fins. Enter the Futures Fins Knubster, a small 5th. stabilizing fin that you can run in your 5th. fin box with your quad. I’m not going to pretend that I know the best time to throw in a Knubster and it may have more to do with your board than the waves, but that’s the best part about Surfboard Fins, it’s easy to experiment.

Now that we have a good grasp on when to use what concerning your Futures Fins 5-Fin Set, let’s review a few of my personal favorites, after all it is my site. 😉 Anyway, Futures Fins 5-Fin line is pretty sick, but there are definitely some standouts. Right now I’m loving the new Generation Series Fins from Futures and wouldn’t you know two of them are 5-Fins. The Roberts and the Stamps 5-Fin Sets, which are both medium V2 Foiled fins. Because of their size and the V2 Foil, either of these Futures Fins 5-Fin Sets are going to suit smaller waves better. (Please check out their individual 5-Fin pages for a more detailed explanation.) Now, if the surf is PUMPING, I’ve been loving the bamboo in the Futures Fins FireWire 5-Fin Set. The size of these fins, the flat foil and the carbon with bamboo makes them excel in larger surf. Don’t forget! All of the Black Stix 3.0 Fins can be turned into 5-Fin Sets by purchasing the additional Black Stix 3.0 quad rears, a Black Stix 5-Fin Set is SICK.

At The Surfboard Warehouse, we’ve also partnered with the Finatic Fin Testing Program as a way to offer you a solution when it comes to trying Futures Fins before you buy them. Finatic allows you the ability to test every set of Futures Fins through their platform which operates much link Netflix. You set up your “queue” of fins and receive a set in the mail, to surf as long as you like. When you’re comfortable with how those fins affect your surfing you simply send them back and Finatic will send you another set from your queue. We believe that Finatic is the next thing in the evolution of our sport when it comes to surfboard fins and that’s why we have chosen to partner with them. Finatic does not sell new fins, so when you find a set of fins that you like, head back here to The Surfboard Warehouse let us know which set you’d like to purchase and we’ll get them to you.

At The Surfboard Warehouse, we are proud to say that we have sold Futures Fins over the internet longer than anyone else! So when it comes to your shortboard, if it’s a Futures Fins 5-Fin set you’re after, you know that we’re able to help you get the exact set of Futures Fins that’s best for you and your shortboard. If you’re not sure which Futures Fins 5-Fin set you need, please call us, we’re here and we’ll help. Thank you for considering The Surfboard Warehouse.

Loose your Mind with Futures Fins Thruster Fins

Hey Guys! Sorry for the delay in posting… My Blog was hacked. Sucks. However, it’s fixed, I’m back and today we’re talking about Futures Fins. I just wrote a custom article for the site about “Futures Fins Thruster Fins” as we just finished updating that particular page to include all of Futures new models! If you have a shortboard and want to learn a bit more about Future Fins and geek out a bit on the the technology look not further! Enjoy! The original article can be found here:

https://www.thesurfboardwarehouse.com/s-42-futures-fins-thruster-shortboard-tri-fin-sets.aspx

Futures Fins Thruster Fin Sets: “Loose your Mind with Futures Fins Thruster Fins”

An Article By: Chris Hough, CEO: The Surfboard Warehouse

I think it’s safe to say  that Futures Fins puts more into fin R&D than any other Fin company we deal with and this is most evident with their Thruster Fins. For the sake of this conversation (and page) when we’re talking about Futures Fins Thruster Fins we’re also talking about their 5-Fin Sets as well, since any of the Futures Fins 5-Fin Sets can be ridden as a Thruster and are ideal for your shortboard. If you ride a shortboard, particularly one with a Thruster Set up, prepare to loose your mind with the Future Fins Thruster Fin line. I personally get exited about this topic as I am an avid shortboarder and know from experience that changing your fins will change your board.

The first thing to take a look at when discussing Futures Fins Thruster Fins is their tech. You might think that it’s all hype, but I assure you, it is not. Your fins are the most engaged part of your surfboard and that is particularly true when we’re talking about your shortboard and any critical maneuvers you may be trying to make. It makes sense then, that fin flex is a huge issue and that’s what Futures Fins tech is all about, the flex of a fin and making a fin flex in a specific, consistent pattern. With Futures Fins you have, materials that include; Thermotech, Honeycomb or “Hexcore”, Techflex and Solid Glass and fin series that consist of the Black Stix 3.0, the Generation Series and the brand new Control Series. Again, all this is focused on fin flex for the feel you want with regards to your shortboard fins.

Without getting into to much detail, Thermotech is the most flexible (and cost effective) material, then you get into honeycomb, which is lighter and stiffer and last Solid Glass being the most stiff. From this Futures Fins made some keen observations, that you don’t necessary want a fin with the same flex properties from base to tip, especially with Thruster Fins. So they began experimenting with different carbon layouts, creating shortboard fins that flexed more or less in different places, based on the layout of the carbon, honeycomb and glass materials. Ultimately, that’s where we find ourselves, with the Control, the Generations and the Black Stix 3.0 series. Fins that are all the product of Futures Fins giving us unique flex patterns across multiple fin templates.

Next, once you’ve decided on what flex preference you prefer with your Futures Fins Thruster Fin Set, you’ll find yourself discovering the dozens of fin templates Futures has to offer. (I told you you’d loose your mind with Futures Fins Thruster Fins) Futures found that some Fin templates worked will across multiple materials, while at the same time finding that other fin templates were best in only certain materials. A good example of this is the Pancho Sullivan Thruster Set, which is only available in the Control Series. Pancho is a big surfer that surfs powerful waves with an equally powerful style, so it wouldn’t make sense for Futures Fins to use his template in a more Flexible material. You want a stiff, controlled fin material for the Panchos, thus why his template is only available in the Control Series.

Last, we need to discuss Foil, of which Futures Fins has several different fin foils available across their Thruster Fin line. Flat foiled fins will give you a more traditional feel, that said, technology has shown Futures that a flat foiled fins may not be the most resistant to drag. That’s how the Vector 2 or V2 foil came about. On a Vector 2 Foiled Fin, the inside of the fin is not flat, but rather concave, which allows the water to adhere better to the fin, reducing cavitation and ultimately drag. Science proves that it’s a significant amount of drag reduction, which translates to more speed for your shortboard. Again, V2 Foil works well with some templates and materials and not so much with others. The Black Stix 3.0 all have V2 foil and are therefor faster and more lively. If the surf is a bit less powerful and you need to generate your own speed, then you want V2 Foiled fins on your Shortboard.

At The Surfboard Warehouse, we’ve also partnered with the Finatic Fin Testing Program as a way to offer you a solution when it comes to trying Futures Fins before you buy them. Finatic allows you the ability to test every set of Futures Fins through their platform which operates much link Netflix. You set up your “queue” of fins and receive a set in the mail, to surf as long as you like. When you’re comfortable with how those fins affect your surfing you simply send them back and Finatic will send you another set from your queue. We believe that Finatic is the next thing in the evolution of our sport when it comes to surfboard fins and that’s why we have chosen to partner with them. Finatic does not sell new fins, so when you find a set of fins that you like, head back here to The Surfboard Warehouse let us know which set you’d like to purchase and we’ll get them to you.

Longboard Fins, Accessing your Potential

Hey Guys! Figured it was time for a change of pace. I recently stepped out of my comfort zone a bit and wrote an article on ThSurfbaordWarehouse.com about Futures Fins Longbaord Fins. Now, I have been on a longboard enough to know that the below is true, however I am a shortboarder at heart and that’s where I’ve truly seen surfboard fins change my surfing first hand. That said, if you’re a longboarder this article is for you. The original article can be found here:

https://www.thesurfboardwarehouse.com/s-53-futures-fins-longboard.aspx

Futures Fins Longboard Fins: “Longboard Fins and Accessing your Potential”

An Article By: Chris Hough, CEO: The Surfboard Warehouse
Originally Posted: 2/20/2017 on TheSurfboardWarehouse.com

I admit, I surf shortboards first and foremost, that said I know enough about longboards to know that Longboard Fins will change the way you surf, possibly more than shortboard fins do. There’s one key element to longboarding that separates it from anything else. Noseriding. The classic “Hang 10”, though for most of us hanging one or two is about as far as it gets. Longboards carry an inherent diversity that shortboards don’t have and that’s because of the length. More board means the potential for more rail engaged with the wave, sometimes that means you need less fin, sometimes that means you need more. Either way, if you’re serious about your longboard, you should be serious about your Longboard Fins, if you are you’ll access your potential.

The first thing you need to think about when deciding on a Futures Fins Longboard Fin, is your surf style. Style on longboard is one of those things you just can’t get with a shortboard, because of the the laid back approach you can take on a longboard. Are you trying for that elusive “hang 10” moment? Are you going for slow, laid back carves? Are you more of a progressive longboarder hunting barrels and steep faces? Do you think doing a “snap” on a longboard isn’t possible? Put a 6 in. Performance on your Longboard with some sidebites and think again. Change your Longboard Fin, better yet have a few of Futures Fins best Longboard Fins on hand and lets see what you can do.

Let’s say you have a “shorter” longboard and you’re gunning for “Ando’s” smooth style, trust me, put a Futures Fin Ando Longboard Fin on your longboard and get to work. That style I was talking about? With a little effort it will be well on it’s way. If you want a traditional feel that will always help put you on the right spot on the wave, try a Futures Fins Performance Longboard Fin. In that case, if you’re looking for noseriding go longer, if you want to loosen things up, try a shorter Performance. If you REALLY want to noseride and have a “log” go with the Futures Fins Rudder Longboard Fin and you’ll be perched up there for days.

While I won’t argue that being on a good shortboard is about how it “feels”, I also know this is more true for a longboard. Being on a longboard can be super rewarding and is a skill in and of itself. Trust me, if you want to access your full potential, experiment with your Longboard Fin. Start with a time tested classic template like the Futures Fins Performance and go from there. With Futures Fins Longboard Fins you can even stay in the same template and go an inch longer or shorter to really dial in the feel you’re looking for and just when you thought you were dialed, try adding some sidebites.

At The Surfboard Warehouse, we’ve also partnered with the Finatic Fin Testing Program as a way to offer you a solution when it comes to trying Futures Fins Longboard Fins before you buy them. Finatic allows you the ability to test every set of Futures Fins Longboard Fins through their platform which operates much link Netflix. You set up your “queue” of fins and receive a set in the mail, to surf as long as you like. When you’re comfortable with how those fins affect your surfing you simply send them back and Finatic will send you another set from your queue. We believe that Finatic is the next thing in the evolution of our sport when it comes to surfboard fins and that’s why we have chosen to partner with them. Finatic does not sell new fins, so when you find a set of fins that you like, head back here to The Surfboard Warehouse let us know which Longboard Fin you’d like to purchase and we’ll get them to you.

At The Surfboard Warehouse, we are proud to say that we have sold Futures Fins over the internet longer than anyone else! So whether you’re considering a single longboard fin, a new twin fin setup, a thruster, quad or 5-fin set, you know that we’re able to help you get the exact set of Futures Fins that’s best for you. If you’re not sure which set of Futures Fins you need, pleas call us, we’re here and we’ll help. Thank you for considering The Surfboard Warehouse.

Buying a Travel Surfboard Bag and Saving Money.

Hey Guys! It’s good to be back in the office after the weekend and it’s even better to have The Surfboard Warehouse Blog working again! 🙂 After posting the last article I was trying to figure out where to go next and I thought it was best if we just stuck with the same theme, Surfboard Bags. In that light, I have posed another article that made it’s original debut on The Surfboard Warehouse a few months back. If you’re thinking of planning a surf trip and need a Travel Surfboard Bag, be sure to read the below article first! Thanks for everything, I’ll talk to you guys soon. The original article can be found here:

https://www.thesurfboardwarehouse.com/s-4-surfboard-travel-bags.aspx

Travel Surfboard Bags: “Buying a Travel Surfboard Bag and Saving Money.”

An Article By: Chris Hough, CEO: The Surfboard Warehouse

Choosing a Travel Surfboard Bag can seem overwhelming, this is partly because you’re most likely buying your Travel Surfboard Bag in the midst of planning for a surf trip, where you have a thousand other things you’re planning/thinking about and that’s worth noting. During the planning stage of your of your trip, costs are adding up and you’re trying to save where you can. That said I can not caution you enough, DO NOT TRAVEL WITH A SURFBOARD DAY BAG in order to save money, you’re asking for an costly disaster. If you’re traveling by plane, you need a Surfboard Travel Bag.

The best way to decide on a Travel Surfboard Bag, is give the subject the time and research it deserves, that said if you’re reading this article on TheSurfboardWarehouse.com you’re off to a great start. When it comes to buying a travel bag in a cost effective manner there are ways to save. First, do not wait till the last minute, if you’re buying your Travel Surfboard Bag online keep in mind that surfboard bags are bulky items and will cost a ton to express ship. Order your bag with plenty of time to spare so you can ground ship it. In the case of The Surfboard Warehouse, we offer you free ground shipping, which saves you an average of 10% – 15% on your purchase.

Next, know how many surfboards your taking so you don’t overbuy. A single travel bag that holds one board will cost a lot less than a wheeled coffin that can hold up to eight! Keep in mind another money saving tip is packing most or all of your clothes in your surfboard bag, that way you can fly with just your Travel Surfboard Bag and a carry on, saving the money on an additional checked bag. This is a great strategy that you need to be mindful of so that you buy a bag that can fit everything you’ll need for your surf trip. Another cost saving tip, is using your beach towels as extra padding. There’s no reason to buy bubble wrap, or any other additional packing materials if you’re taking beach towels anyway, simply lay them on the bottom and top of your surfboard(s) to provide that extra piece of mind.

Once you’ve decided how many surfboards you’ll be taking and how much other gear you’ll be putting in your Travel Surfboard Bag, you need to check with your airlines and see if they charge by board or by bag. Don’t worry, there are cost savings to be found here too! If you’re airline charges by board, make sure you’re buying a Travel Surfboard Bag that can hide a board or two. This can easily save you hundreds of dollars on your trip! Now I’m not one for being dishonest, but as surfers the airlines can and will take advantage of us. I have taken several trips where my surfboards cost more each way than my ticket! If the airline charges per board, you’re always only taking one or two boards and we sell Travel Surfboard Bags that can help you accomplish this goal.

With everything we’ve discussed so far, I believe you’re search for the right Travel Surfboard should be inherently narrowed down all ready. If you’re planning on taking three boards, which I think is the sweet spot for any lengthy trip, you now need to decide if you want a wheeled Travel Surfboard Bag or not. Again, keep in mind that the cost of a wheeled bag can be easily made up if you no longer have to check a separate luggage. Most of our wheeled coffins should easily fit three boards and a duffel full of your clothes. If you’re using this strategy, make sure the duffel doesn’t have any hard areas, exposed zippers, hard handles and metal buckles can and will wreak havoc on your boards if the airlines throws someone else’s luggage on top of your Travel Surfboard Bag.

It is important to note that the most expensive thing that could happen is the airlines destroying your surfboards. The best way to insure that this doesn’t happen is getting the right size Travel Surfboard Bag for your surfboards, as a snug fit equates to the best protection. While length is very important here, the style of your boards and potential travel bag is just as important. You ideally want a Travel Surfboard Bag the same size or slightly longer than your boards and you want to make sure that you’re getting a Shortboard, Fun/Fish, Longboard or SUP Surfboard Travel Bag to match the appropriate board(s). Keep in mind if you’re planning on padding the nose a tail of your board(s), you’ll need extra length to accommodate the extra padding.

At The Surfboard Warehouse we all surf, we care, we want you to get the right Surfboard Travel Bag for your trip and we want you to save money doing it. You’re a surfer, we’re an ACTUAL surf shop that understands Surfboards and the Surfboard Travel Bags we sell. At The Surfboard Warehouse, on this very page, you’ll see the largest selection of Surfboard Travel Bags in the world, made by reputable manufactures at great prices, including; FCS, Dakine, Prolite, Ocean & Earth, Creatures, Komunity Project, Sticky Bumps, On a Mission and more! Not sure which Surfboard Travel you need? Call us, we’re here and we’ll help. We typically have every Surfboard Travel Bag offered here in our warehouse, so we can pull it and put our hands on it to answer any specific questions you may have. Thank you for considering The Surfboard Warehouse.

Opinion – FCS Surfboard Bags

I figured after going over Surfboard Bags from a high level, now would be a good time to talk about a specific brand of Surfboard Bags and who better than FCS? It just so happens I have another article I posted a while back on FCS Surfboard Bags specifically that I figured would be a good place to go next. If anyone has another Surfbaord Bag manufacturer they’d like me to review, please post in the coments below. The original article can be found here:

https://www.thesurfboardwarehouse.com/c-17-fcs-surfboard-bags.aspx

FCS Surfboard Bags: “Opinion – FCS Surfboard Bags”

An Article By: Chris Hough, CEO: The Surfboard Warehouse

FCS arguably started the surf “hardgoods” game and they definitely led the way with regards to removable fins. FCS is an interesting company because they offer the largest range of surf products that we carry. I feel that since FCS lead the way with surfboard fins, they didn’t want to disappoint when it came to the FCS Surfboard Bag line. They clearly pushed the envelope with the FCS II Fin system and it seems to me that the same mental approach was taken when it came to the production of some of the most recent FCS Surfboard Bags.

FCS Surfboard Bags consist of your typical surfboard socks, surfboard day bags and surfboard travel bags. However, when looking a bit closer a few things stand out. The first is obvious, the FCS 3DX-Fit surfboard day bag. It seems strange to say that a Surfboard Bag changed everything, but the FCS 3DX-Fit actually may have. With this FCS Surfboard Bag, FCS rethought what was important; the rails of your board and the fit of your typical surfboard day bag. Then, obviously asked the question, why are surfboard bags stitched along the rail? That thought in mind, FCS was able to design the 3DX-Fit, with “panels”, sewn together horizontally down the bag, rather than vertically along the rails. This allowed them to then add a stretchable, breathable panel down the middle of the day bag, allowing for ventilation, extra safety along the rails and a perfectly snug fit!

If you’re looking for a travel surfboard bag, the range of FCS Surfboard Bags doesn’t disappoint in this category either, again offering up a few gems. FCS is one of the few companies that still offers a large range of single travel surfboard bags, for shortboard, funboard and longboard, available in the FCS Explorer, while not sacrificing the “slim double”, available in the Dual, another surfboard bag within the wide rage of FCS Surfboard Bags. While FCS does offer wheeled coffins, they don’t stand out quite as much as the FCS Team Series Shortboard Bag. A bag that offers up the room for 7 surfboards, often used by the pros. on tour and one of our best selling travel surfboard bags of that size.

At The Surfboard Warehouse we all surf, we care, we want you to get the FCS Surfboard Bag you need, if FCS is the brand you choose to go with. You’re a surfer, we’re an ACTUAL surf shop that understands the FCS Surfboard Bags we sell. At The Surfboard Warehouse, on this very page, you’ll see every FCS Surfboard Bag currently available, whether it’s a FCS surfboard sock, a FCS surfboard day bag or a FCS travel surfboard bag. Not sure which FCS Surfboard Bag you need? Call us, we’re here and we’ll help. We typically have every FCS Surfboard Bag offered here in our warehouse, so we can pull it and put our hands on it to answer any specific questions you may have. Thank you for considering The Surfboard Warehouse.

How to score a deal on a Surfboard Bag

When writing my previous post this morning I completely forgot I had another really good article about Surfboard Bags that I had posted on our site a while back. This one’s about saving money on a Surfboard Bag! Sweet. The original article can be found here:

https://www.thesurfboardwarehouse.com/s-118-surfboard-bags-on-sale.aspx

Surfboard Bags on Sale: “How to score a deal on a Surfboard Bag.”

An Article By: Chris Hough, CEO: The Surfboard Warehouse

If you’re still in the decision making process when it comes to your Surfboard Bag, please see my previous article, How do I choose a Surfboard Bag? (It’s also posted directly below this Blog post) If on the other hand you’re looking for a smoking deal, this page and this article is for you. Once you’ve chosen a specific Surfboard Bag, or type of Surfboard Bag, if you’re flexible, there are deals to be had if you know where to look. (aka RIGHT HERE)

At The Surfboard Warehouse run deals as often as we can on various products, but on this page specifically you’ll see all the Surfboard Bags, including Surfboard Socks, Surfboard Day Bags and Surfboard Travel Bags we have on sale. There are different reasons a Surfboard Bag will go on sale and land on this page, we could be overstocked, we could have scored a deal from our manufacturer and are able to pass that savings on to you, or a Surfboard Bag could be an “old model”, as surf accessory companies routinely update their Surfboard Bag lines.

Whatever the case, if you’re a bit flexible on brand, color and features, chances are you can find a great Surfboard Bag at a great price right here. Remember, there’s a difference between a Surfboard bag that’s “on sale” and a “cheap” Surfboard Bag. Don’t be fooled, make sure your getting a quality Surfboard Bag from a quality manufacturer at the right price, or your boards WILL pay the consequences. That’s what’s great about TheSurfboardWarehouse.com, we only sell quality products, so if you see a Surfboard Bag on Sale that you like, pull the trigger. Honestly, I’m just trying to keep it real and save you money.

How do I choose a Surfboard Bag?

Since our Blog has been down I’ve written a ton of articles within The Surfboard Warehouse site itself. So over the next few days I figured I’d post a lot of those articles here. We’ll start with one of my favorites, “How do I choose a Surfboard Bag”. At The Surfboard Warehouse this is a question we get asked on a daily basis, so I wrote this article as a high level overview when it comes to buying a Surfboard Bags. I hope you find it helpful, Enjoy! The original article can be found here:

https://www.thesurfboardwarehouse.com/s-1-surfboard-bags.aspx

Surfboard Bags: “How do I choose a Surfboard Bag?”

An Article By: Chris Hough, CEO: The Surfboard Warehouse

Choosing a Surfboard Bag should be a serious subject for any surfer. I mean what’s the point of all the research done during the process of buying a new surfboard if you’re not going get to the beach with that very board intact? All that time and research wasted, not to mention money and worse still, you could find yourself in a situation where the surf trip you’ve been planning for weeks or months (in some cases possibly years) is in jeopardy. I speak from experience, it’s worth your time and money to make sure you have the right bag and in some cases this article could save you money, as you don’t need to overspend. You simply need the right Surfboard Bag for your unique situation.

At the base level Surfboard Bags generally fall into three categories; surfboard socks, surfboard day bags and surfboard travel bags. Therefore, we must first decide what you’re doing with your surfboard, are you storing it? Are you walking down the street to surf? Do you need to make a car ride to the beach in order to surf and if so will your surfboard be inside your car or on the roof? Perhaps you’re planning a “surf trip” where air travel is involved. All of these are relevant questions to ask yourself when buying a Surfboard Bag.

The most cost effective option is the surfboard sock, offering very minimal protection, yet small and lightweight, therefor easy to carry and easy to store. If you live within walking distance to the beach or are able to put your surfboard inside your car a surfboard sock is a very viable option as you don’t necessary need an actual “Surfboard Bag”. However, to me if you’re putting your surfboard on the roof of your car I would choose a surfboard day bag instead. Day bags are typically designed with at least one side that’s heat reflective so that your surfboard stays cooler while in the sun, which helps protect your board and keeps your wax from getting all over everything. Keep this in mind while storing your board as well, if your board will be taking direct sunlight, a surfboard day bag is a better option than a sock.

When it comes to Surfboard Bags, travel surfboard bags get a bit more tricky, but at base level are designed for air travel when you don’t know who will be handling your surfboard(s) or what they might do to it/them. Travel bags are usually designed with 10 mm of foam vs 5 mm that comes standard with most day bags. DO NOT PLAN AIR TRAVEL USING A DAY BAG. I understand the desire to save money and not spring for the more pricey travel bag, but a day bag IS NOT designed for air travel, so you’re just asking for a disaster. There are cost effective travel surfboard bags that don’t offer all the bells and whistles, but still give you that key 10 mm foam padding.

At The Surfboard Warehouse we all surf, we care and we want you to get the right Surfboard Bag for your needs. I completely understand price is an issue, that’s why in most cases we offer FREE SHIPPING on ALL of our Surfboard Bags. That said I would caution you, know who you’re buying your Surfboard Bag from. Don’t get so suckered in by price that you’re getting an old bag, or a bag not made by a reputable manufacturer. You’re a surfer, we’re an ACTUAL surf shop that understands Surfboard Bags.

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