Ok, so here’s the deal. I took a surfboard to Puerto Rico with American Airlines.
1 – Put a hole in the deck.
2 – Crushed the tail.
Whose fault was it? Mine, of course. For thinking that I could properly pack a surfboard in a regular board bag, cross my fingers, and make it to Puerto Rico safe and sound. No dice.
But this puppy, the Soma AirBag shown here, is the best surfboard travel bag I’ve come across. Think the protection of a Santa Monica Hard Case, with the portability of a day bag. Sweet! These bags come in at a surprisingly low price of around $135, which is a killer deal, frankly. I’ve spent more coin on ding repairs and frustration with Delta, American and United. There are currently three sizes: 6’6, 7’0, 7’6. Strikes me as a bit big, but I suppose it’ll work for anything short of a log or SUP, god forbid.
At the same time, you kinda wonder if you can put a hole in the bag. One of the founders of Soma, Airbags, Perry, explained to DailyStoke that you would need an Xacto knife to do that. The corners and dings from the airport terminals? Apparently not.
We’ll be testing out the SOMA airbag in the coming weeks, and we’ll be sure to try mess it up. If it survives, it’s gonna rock off the shelves.
These inflatable surfboard bags officially hit the market in May 2009.