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  1. #1
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    Flying with Boards

    So, I just called Delta to check on the baggage pricing for my trip back east next week.

    I need to bring: One large suitcase with all my sh** in it.
    One Golf Bag with the clubs in it
    One 6'0 shortboard in a boardbag for A/C and Maui.

    Delta Just told me that the golf clubs fall into a "Regular Bag" category, and will be checked in at $35.00

    And then the Delta Rep said that surfboards fall into a "Flex sporting category". I gave him the board dimensions and asked him with the price was, he put me on hold and then told me that to bring the board, it will be a $205.00 charge... FOR ONE 6'0 BOARD!!!!

    Im freaking out, cause that is only for my ONE WAY trip to the east coast... So I will have to pay this sh** again to take it to maui and back...

    So, Jersey Heads: How easy will it be for me to rent a decent board for 24 hours? I know in OC MD, i have to know someone at Malibus to get a decent board rental. They will rent me the team rider board for a day or something, cause every shop down there only rents foamies and sh**y boards....

    I will be in AC this wednesday and thursday... Not to curse it, but its looking chest high for both days...

    So, what shop can I hit up around 3:00pm on wednesday, rent a decent shortboard, and return it on Thurday on our way out of town. I just want one session Thursday, and a dawn patrol and im out...

    Any advice on getting a decent board for a day?

    Now, I have to figure out WTF im going to do in Maui for 10 days.... I can't pay 200$ each way to take my board. I might as well just fu**ing buy a new one there... ThIS IS NUTS!!!!

    I flew home 2 years ago with 2 boards and it cost $50 each way!!!!!

  2. #2
    have you looked into UPS of Fed-ex. they may be cheaper but i would be sure to buy insurance on my boards. Ask your hotel in AC if they will allow UPS to drop it off. I personally know nothing about the shops so sorry if this already crossed your mind. Maybe buy a used board and sell it the next day.

  3. #3
    I don't know of any shop in NJ (of course I haven't been to them all) that rents anything but foam. Try craigslist for a cheap board. Some surf shops sell cheap used boards too. That really is your best bet. You could also try to find someone on here that would rent you a board for the day personally.

  4. #4
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    freight

    I've not done it, but I've heard that freight forwarders will ship your board door-to-door for much less than the gouging airline bastardos. I think I've seen ads by freight forwarders on Surfline...?

  5. #5
    That sucks man,,,,,, I know spirit airlines was only 50 I believe to fly with my boards. I dont surf in ac really much or know many surf shops there, but i would google some shops in the area and give them a call to see if you can rent a board. Some shops might rent you a used board as long as you leave a creidt card number just incase you snap it or something. Or maybe one of your buddies will let you borrow there board and you could ship it back to him when your done. I forget what town it is either venter or margate, but I know they have shops, which is the next town over from ac.
    Last edited by tibu35; Aug 21, 2010 at 05:06 AM.

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    Yeah, I fly out in less than 48 hours, so shipping the board may have already passed me by.

    I already got off the phone with Local Motion in HI and they already have a handful of high performance shortboards that they will rent to me. $125 per week, which SUCKS, but isnt that bad...

    So, I am just going to call shops and beg them to let me rent a decent board. Thats what I do in OC if my friends arent around... Most normal shops have demo boards and all kinds of **** lying around. I mean, I don't understand why there are no decent baord rentals at the mid atlantic beaches. I mean, I can't be the only one who flies to the mid-atlantic to surf. I know the masses all need foamies and stuff, but sh**, there is ZERO demand for a decent board rental?

    Anyway, its way too late in my time zone to make these calls, but I will have to call around in the morning and beg. I mean, I honestly figured that I would get skunked in AC while I was there, so I didn't think this would be an issue, but as of right now, both days are looking ok. I thought in late august, I wouldnt be worried about surfing, but if I am in AC for 2 days and its more than ankle high, I will have to surf. I just simply have to.

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    im always a big fan of late august surf

  8. #8
    Yeah Delta is the worst. I think they use to be $150 each way. Although United isn't much better at this point. You can almost buy a new board for the cost it is to fly one. I think the bottom line is that the carriers don't want surfers flying boards.

  9. #9
    Did not read this whole thread just your first post but I have picked certain airlines before just for their board bag rules. I know continental lets you do two boards in one bag for $100 each way. I know that is still expensive but at least you are getting 2 boards....

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    Yeah, I am almost thinking of buying a board in Maui, using it for 10 days, then mailing it to myself back home. Cause there would be no rush getting it back. Then I would never have to check it.