I was visiting family in the San Diego area near La Jolla and was looking forward to surf for a week. I was wondering whether there were any surf shops that offer quality short boards for rent on a daily or weekly basis that are reasonably priced. I am asking because of the expensive board fees on multiple airlines and thought it would be smarter to rent a board than bring my own and potentially damaging it on the way. If anyone has any recommendations it would be greatly appreciated.
do some research. google is a great tool for that. you could probably type the locatation your staying at, use google maps and find a bunch of shops around. im sure there is plenty in the la jolla area. give them a ring and ask around.
I don't know where to rent boards. I find them on the side of the road on my street or in the garbage all the time. Same holds true for La Jolla. I think I saw a Wizard Sleeve for 380$ on Craigs, looked Cherry. I saw a Coil M80 for 400$ , brand new! Guy "didn't like it, too thin". He said he was 175 and it has 1.08cubic feet. Seriously?!?! I surf a step-up at 1.10 and I push two bills, I need at least 1.25-.3 in an M80 though. There is a BEAUTIFUL Campbell brothers Thumb in Clairemont. Shaped by Malcolm and the dude's asking 440$. Awesome resin job. That is a HOT board. Too bad all three of them were too small for me. My wife needs something to nag me about. I bought a Dumpster Diver knock-off for 2 bills from some local shaper right at the start of January. Needed a new beater. Been riding that the last two days. For a week straight before that it was 1-2 footers on 9'+ boards. Only shop I ever go to in La Jolla is Mitch's, and I don't even know if they rent boards. They sell everything you need to make one though.
Point is, surfboards seem to fall from the trees out here. I have never seen anywhere else that you can buy boards from some of the best shapers in the world at dirt cheap prices. If I were you, I'd bring an empty board bag and 500$. Save a 100$ to ship whatever you get back home.
Or bring your own. You'll want something fun to ride out here. If it's longboard only waves, go to CostCo and drop a bill on a Wavestorm.