I am going to Panama this summer and want to bring my Sunova Nitro with me. Its construction is identical to a Firewire--1lb eps foam, balsa rails, balsa deck, pressure valve. Is there anything special I should know about packing it for the trip and handling the board in the tropics.
My flight is Baltimore to Miami, Miami to Panama City, and then a 2hr shuttle from Panama City to the hotel.
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If there is a sudden loss of cabin pressure, oxygen masks will be deployed. First place the mask over your nose and mouth before providing assistance to your surfboard, or family members. Then place the oxygen mask over the pressure valve on the surfboard to ensure constant pressure and prevent 1 lb. EPS foam particles from being sprayed thoughout the cabin.
make sure you put some extra protecting on the nose and tail, maybe stuff some teeshirts around them. I did the trip to ecuador from fl, changed flights at miami and then to guayaquil. I personally didnt have any problems with my stick but i bubble wrapped it and put some shirts on the nose and tail, but my friend had a fish and her tail did get banged up and had to be repaired. not that big of a problem if you know that there are shapers in town that you can take it to, costs like $5 at the most to get it fixed. Or bring some epoxy with you and do the repairs your self. but pretty much every plane ride ive been on i had an extra ding put in to my board, the chances just keep going up for every plane change.