An Article By: Chris Hough, CEO: The Surfboard Warehouse
If you've landed on this page, you've most likely all ready decided you're in need of a Surfboard Day Bag. If however, you're unsure that a Surfboard Day Bag is for you, please read my article Surfboard Bags: "How do I choose a Surfboard Bag?" If you're traveling by plane to your surf destination A SURFBOARD DAY BAG IS NOT FOR YOU, please go instead with a Surfboard Travel Bag. If you are thinking about purchasing a Surfboard Day Bag, keep in mind that you do have another alternative, the surfboard sock, to which the pros and cons are also discussed in the fore mentioned article.
At the base level Surfboard Day Bags appear to all be the same. After all, most do use the standard 5mm of foam which is the perfect amount of protection for traveling by car when your board will be in your possession, even if this calls for strapping your surfboard to the roof. That said I assure you, there are a ton of differences from one Day Bag to another, which I'll get into in a moment.
Day bags are also perfect for storing your board, while a sock may be a better option if the board is NOT stored in direct sunlight, a Surfboard Day Bag is clearly the better option if you're storing your board where sunlight could directly, or indirectly hit your board. If this is the case, be sure to buy a Surfboard Day Bag with at least one side being the "reflective tarpee" material. You will be surprised how well the day bags we sell are designed and how the "reflective tarpee" material keeps you're board nice and cool, even in the presence of direct sunlight. This is important for preventing damage to your surfboard as well as keeping you're wax from melting all over everything.
Surfboard Day Bags are generally separated into three categories. There's price point, where you usually won't get a "reflective side", nor any cool bells and whistles, but will provide ample protection. There are a lot of surfers that purchase a "price point" day bag in order to use inside a travel bag, to separate boards and to give each board it's own bag once they arrive at their surf destination. The next tier is Mid-range day bags, where you'll get at least one reflective side, a more padded handle and a fin/wax pocket on the inside. Last, there's high-end day bags, which will provide you with ultimate protection and comfort, usually coming with all sorts of extra pockets, nicer zippers and extra padding for any handles that the bag has.
There are a few things to keep in mind when purchasing a Surfboard Day Bag that not everyone thinks about. Some manufactures offer lifetime warranties on their bags, while others warranty only the zipper. It is also interesting to note that there are Surfboard Day Bags designed for two boards, so this might be a viable option if you like heading to the beach with more than one surfboard, if so please look into a "double day bag". However, the most important thing to keep in mind when purchasing a new day bag is the fit.
Surfboard Day Bags come in a variety of sizes designed specifically for shortboard, fun/fish, longboard and SUP. Ideally you want to purchase a day bag the same length as your board or slightly longer, surfboard manufacturers typically cut them a bit longer to accommodate your board with the surfboard fins on. Keep in mind that you also want to also buy your Surfboard Day Bag in the style that corresponds to your surfboard to insure the ideal fit and protection. If you have a longboard or SUP please note that some Surfboard Day Bags come with a fin slot, so you don't have to take your fin off of your board to put it in your day bag.
At The Surfboard Warehouse we all surf, we care and we want you to get the right Surfboard Day Bag for your needs. You're a surfer, we're an ACTUAL surf shop that understands Surfboards and the Surfboard Day Bags we sell. At The Surfboard Warehouse, on this very page, you'll see the largest selection of Surfboard Day Bags in the world, made by reputable manufactures, at great prices. Not sure which Surfboard Day Bag you need? Call us, we're here and we'll help. We typically have every Surfboard Day 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.
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