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  1. #11
    For what it's worth, I just bought a board from a shaper who drives a van and racks his boards on top.

  2. #12
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    Quote Originally Posted by Erock View Post
    I've never had a problem. Are your racks spaced far enough apart?

    Good Point!....My Yakimas are in the very front and very rear of the roof giving excellent stability for even my longboard and I always use a bag when transporting/ I have seen racks close together and I feel there would be more chance for vibration that way.

  3. #13
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    I've never understood fins forward. What's up with that? Your surfboard is meant to travel through time and space nose first, why do you put it on fins first?

  4. #14
    Quote Originally Posted by ClemsonSurf View Post
    I've never understood fins forward. What's up with that? Your surfboard is meant to travel through time and space nose first, why do you put it on fins first?
    Because if the board starts to slip out toward the rear while you're driving, the fins will get caught on the straps and perhaps prevent total disaster. One more level of protection. If the fins are toward the back there's nothing to stop it from sliding out.

  5. #15
    I always figured tail first because there is generally a little more meat to the board that way to deal with all the air coming up the windshield.

  6. #16
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    Quote Originally Posted by ragdolling View Post
    Because if the board starts to slip out toward the rear while you're driving, the fins will get caught on the straps and perhaps prevent total disaster. One more level of protection. If the fins are toward the back there's nothing to stop it from sliding out.
    Why is your board slipping? My board rack only allows smaller boards to fit in just the right spot. It couldn't slip straight back, and would have to be a catastrophic strap failure to pop out. I also have rubber on the place where the rocker sits in the rack. For those reasons, I have fins back. This is more aerodynamic and places less stress on the board, though there is not a whole lot of force on the board anyways.

  7. #17
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    Besides, with fins forward you have a better chance at decapitating the other driver in a Head-on collision, but stress fractures will be the least of your problems.

  8. #18
    Quote Originally Posted by Erock View Post
    Just make sure you don't do this:

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    there is going to be so much wax all over the interior of beautiful 7series...

  9. #19
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    Quote Originally Posted by Erock View Post
    Just make sure you don't do this:

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    I saw this exact thing when leaving Cocoa last weekend, kook was on the highway headed for the beach, after the swell had all but gone.... hope he had fun

  10. #20
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gfootr View Post
    I lost my "surf" van. Have to go back to the 'ol 4 door with roof rack. Question is, does racking a board and driving fast for an hour, effect the board's structure?

    I watch the boards flexing as I drive, I'm seeing very light signs of stress cracks in their decks that I never noticed before. They are cradled in the thule hang two, so it's not like I cranked em down with rope on pads.

    Can you shorten the life of a board just by using a roof rack?
    I travel quite a bit and always use my roof racks for my LB and SUP, but I put my 6'4" inside, mainly cause it's my new board and I don't want to take any chances on it, but i'm sure it would be fine too if I chose to put it up there, it's just easier to toss it in the back of the Tahoe.

    As far as the LB / SUP go, the only damage I put on them with roof racking them is when I was first getting familiar with the tie down straps that I got, they aren't the typical kind and I put a few pressure dents on the rails but nothing major, the key is to not tighten them too much, it's easy to do this so just make them snug but not to the point of causing unessary stress on the decks of your boards. If you got a board bag, use it, if not, no worries, I don't use em and my boards seem to be ok. And like others have already said, upside down and fins forward, and the straps should be closer to the nose / tail than the center of the board. Front strap goes just behind the center fin. Something else I do is I put rubber tubing between boards if I am stacking them. I get that from Home Depot / Lowes, hope this helps.