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    Cartopping

    I always put boards on the roof racks of my car deck down, fins forward. A couple of oldtimers back in the 80's taught me to do it that way with the theory being if a strap came loose, the fin might save the board from flying off.

    I see a lot of boards coming to Assateague and Ocean City mounted with the nose forward. A lot of these folks are coming from the Baltimore/Washington/Annapolis area.

    Are these guys on to something? Or are they just clueless dweebs who should be made fun of?

    Are there any advantages or disadvantages to carrying the boards nose-first vs tail-first?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikey View Post
    I always put boards on the roof racks of my car deck down, fins forward. A couple of oldtimers back in the 80's taught me to do it that way with the theory being if a strap came loose, the fin might save the board from flying off.

    I see a lot of boards coming to Assateague and Ocean City mounted with the nose forward. A lot of these folks are coming from the Baltimore/Washington/Annapolis area.

    Are these guys on to something? Or are they just clueless dweebs who should be made fun of?

    Are there any advantages or disadvantages to carrying the boards nose-first vs tail-first?
    Much ado about nothing. Either way works, and your fins will NOT save your boards from flying off of your car on the highway, ever, period.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skoot1200 View Post
    Much ado about nothing. Either way works, and your fins will NOT save your boards from flying off of your car on the highway, ever, period.
    sounds like you have experienced this first hand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikey View Post
    sounds like you have experienced this first hand.
    Nah. i cinch mine down to where they almost crack. i've seen it a few times though. wind picks the board straight up. no sliding.

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    the idea is if the board comes loose the fins will keep the board from sliding through the straps.

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    I vote dweebs who should be made fun of.

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    if the straps are loose:
    fins forward, accelerate away with impunity, disaster at the first red light.
    fins back, break with no fear, bad news when racing that civic with the huge whale tail.

    moral being, doesn't really matter if the boards are secured. maybe nose first is more aero-dynamical and will save you mucho colones on gas

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    I used to strap'em down fins back. Seemed to make sense, seeing as that is how they are designed to go thru water. But people, a lot that didn't even surf, would give me crap for it. Nothing like a 40 year old woman who's never surfed giving you the business about surfing. So I started strapping them fins-first. The only thing I've noticed is that it most definitely HAS NOT improved my surfing any.

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    or you could always just put them in the vehicle. one of the reasons i bought my truck.

    ppl just like to look cool with boards strapped to their cars. it's so corny.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mOtion732 View Post
    ppl just like to look cool with boards strapped to their cars. it's so corny.
    Not really. I have an SUV and my 9'6" needs to go on the roof, especially if anyone else wants to come with me. I put mine on the roof, fin up and tail forward. If nothing else, it is what the rack manufacturer recommends.