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    Airlines Surfboard Charges vs. Renting at Your Destination

    Anybody have any good ideas on getting around surfboard baggage charges. I'll be flying from San Diego to Oahu.
    I flew to Australia last month on Virgin Airlines. TWO surfboards for FREE!
    Bummer they don't fly to Hawaii. Delta is $175.00 each way... per board!

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    Another option is to have them shipped. UPS will ship a boards anywhere in the world for anywhere from $100 - $250 as long as the board is under 7'6" I believe. This would be a cheaper alternative then delta for sure plus you don't have to worry about carrying it all the way through the airport and UPS will insure the package, if the board breaks they pay for it.

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    brought my board with me on the way to santa cruz, (flew contential) charged $100 for oversized bag fee.


    shipped it fed ex back and it was only $55.

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    when you shipped back through fed ex how did you pack it or did you have a bag/case?

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    Renting may not be a bad way to go...

    Hey,

    I have traveled both ways, travelling with my boards and renting boards once i get there. It really depends on if there is a reputable place to rent, what it costs, and what kind of boards are available to you.

    For Oahu, you can't go wrong with renting. There are lots of options, the best I have found is www.hawaiisurfboardrentals.com. Check out the site, they have a nice board selection, their rates are great, for a 10 day trip its less than $200 bucks, and you don't have to worry about your boards not making it or getting beat up by careless air handlers.

    I am actually going ot Oahu on Friday and already have my board reserved. They will also swap our your board for you and deliver and pick up the board to where ever you are staying.

    It beats paying the United Airlines rate of $175 each way per board!

    Hope this helps!

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    Mike M's on track

    Am on Oahu now leaving for Maui Friday - I used to fly my boards over here from mainland when it was reasonable but.....only once out of three times was I able to use it right out of the bag on this end. The baggage guys here are brutal on incomming boards and my boards were in heavy travel bags with insulated rails, padded deck and bottom, etc. 2 out 3 times they still managed to screw 'em up which made ding repair necessary over here. I have relatives here so I finally bought a board here and leave it here as well as on Maui. I agree with Mike on this one as there is no given that you'll be able to use yours once you pay those chumps at Delta 175 per direction. The other airlines are charging 100 and I managed to fly to Cabo and back twice this summer with a 3 board coffin bag containing 3 boards, and was only charged 100 on US airways the first time and Alaska the second. I don't fly on Delta. Have a good time.

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    Buy

    If you ever go to FL, CA, or HAW I would highly recommend to buy a board there and than sell it the day you leave.
    I went to CA and bought a Spyder surfboard for $130 which was almost new and sold it for $50 the day I left. So it only cost me $80 for a board for 10 days.

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    Bring or buy a board???

    In the last 2 trips to Maui, I've done different things. First I bought a board through Craigslist, and gave it to some kid on the beach the day I left, and then on my last trip I bought a DAKINE world Traveller bag and brought 2 of my boards. I liked option 2 a lot better....

    Check out this blog... www.surfersdesk.com - The place office workers would rather be. http://surfersdesk.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigdix View Post
    you're all the reason surfing is selling out because you can't just keep it quiet and under the radar.

    you are all a bunch of ***gy longboarders who don't even know how to surf but love to talk about it.
    bunch of kooks who think the surfing is "so radical dude, let's get some tasty super cool tubes brah. i'm gonna go tell all of these chicks that i surf and maybe one of them will touch me, or better yet i'll take my ***gy longboard to the beach and just take pictures of myself and go blog about it later with my gay blog friends who've never surfed."

    stay in socal
    Stay positive.

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    Smile

    Quote Originally Posted by bigdix View Post
    you're all the reason surfing is selling out because you can't just keep it quiet and under the radar.

    you are all a bunch of ***gy longboarders who don't even know how to surf but love to talk about it.
    bunch of kooks who think the surfing is "so radical dude, let's get some tasty super cool tubes brah. i'm gonna go tell all of these chicks that i surf and maybe one of them will touch me, or better yet i'll take my ***gy longboard to the beach and just take pictures of myself and go blog about it later with my gay blog friends who've never surfed."

    stay in socal
    Please Dont hold back,tell us how you really feel.