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Title: How to strap your board to your rack in 30 seconds
Post by: blueplanetsurf on September 03, 2011, 12:19:10 AM
I recently watched someone take 10 minutes to strap their board to their car while I was waiting for their parking spot.  He was going back and forth several times for each strap, looping it around the ends of the racks on both sides, and tying the straps off endlessly.  In the end the board was not even tight on the racks and the board could still slide all over because he tied it around the end of the rack, not snug next to the board and could not really tighten it well because of all the loops he made around the rack.  So, here is a video of a fast way to strap a board to a car easily, quickly and safely.  I made a short "ADD" version:

How to strap board to car in 30 secs ADD version (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o3paL86h5GY#ws)

and a full version with important information:

How to strap board to car in 30 secs (http://vimeo.com/28531361)
Title: Re: How to strap your board to your rack in 30 seconds
Post by: headmount on September 03, 2011, 12:44:42 AM
That is a solid way to do it and I used to do it that way until I saw a buckle lose its spring and Conner's board almost came off his truck.  Then I said to myself two is better than one.  If one buckle goes, you'll see the board go crooked but won't fly off.. and if you stacking, two or three straps to a side.  Boards are way too expensive to trust only one.
Title: Re: How to strap your board to your rack in 30 seconds
Post by: blueplanetsurf on September 03, 2011, 01:07:25 AM
True, you have to have complete confidence in your strap and the buckle needs to be in good condition.  I have been doing this for many years with no problems but do this responsibly and at your own risk, of course.  When I stack boards, I always use two straps.  If I really load up boards, an extra strap looped around all the boards and through the inside of the car can provide extra security and ease of mind if I'm worried the whole rack could fail and come off the roof.
Title: Re: How to strap your board to your rack in 30 seconds
Post by: bts on September 03, 2011, 02:03:39 AM
That's so cool.

I need a longer strap.
Title: Re: How to strap your board to your rack in 30 seconds
Post by: XERO on September 03, 2011, 02:21:03 AM
Awesome vid and a great tip! I didn't even consider this, will definitely try it out this weekend!
Title: Re: How to strap your board to your rack in 30 seconds
Post by: HawaiiRN808 on September 03, 2011, 01:13:23 PM
Robert, you was probably waiting for me and my 25 minute board strap down.  Mahalo for the video!  I still prefer two straps to one..just a little more secure so the board don't fly off on the H1  :o

Sorry about tomorrow..

HawaiiRN808
Title: Re: How to strap your board to your rack in 30 seconds
Post by: bean on September 05, 2011, 12:34:33 PM
This is my go to method for transporting a single board but keep in mind that on some factory rack systems the crossbar could loosen up and create slack. 
Title: Re: How to strap your board to your rack in 30 seconds
Post by: LaPerouseBay on September 05, 2011, 01:52:31 PM
Cool video Robert.  That's a great idea, I'll be using it in some applications.  

A friend of mine has a 25-6 oc-2, my racks are 8 feet apart.  Hmm, I'll need a strap about 25 feet long.   :)

(http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj308/risley47/011700x307.jpg)
Title: Re: How to strap your board to your rack in 30 seconds
Post by: PonoBill on September 05, 2011, 07:57:10 PM
Slick.

I never trust buckles so I just add a half hitch over the buckle--in combination it won't come off till you want it to.
Title: Re: How to strap your board to your rack in 30 seconds
Post by: robcasey on September 26, 2011, 12:38:03 PM
thanks for the video!  good stuff. 
Title: Re: How to strap your board to your rack in 30 seconds
Post by: Kaihoe on December 09, 2011, 07:35:10 PM
Robert

 Thanks for this it just saved my board... Coming home way late from a good paddle I managed to drive I to the garage with the board on

 I ended up with most of the fin stuck in a gap between the wall and the garage door and nada to tack the racks off the car to get the board out.  Ground the front off the fin and the board is fine. I van only guess that having a single long strap had enough give I. It for the board to lift of the front rack and slide under. 

 If I had two steps on I'm sure I'd need a new fin box
Title: Re: How to strap your board to your rack in 30 seconds
Post by: gorgebob on December 09, 2011, 08:03:11 PM
Be careful in doing this method.  The strap in the video now pulls the towers toward each other. Racks can and will move forward and back. I have had it happen. When the towers move your strap loosens. Do two straps one on each rack for a better hold.
Title: Re: How to strap your board to your rack in 30 seconds
Post by: blueplanetsurf on December 09, 2011, 09:01:24 PM
Kaihoe,
I'm glad your fin box was spared :) but like gorge bob says, the strap will pull the racks together if they are loose and that will loosen the strap.  You need to make sure your racks have a very solid connection to your car and can't slip.  Please watch the full video (the vimeo version, not the youtube ADD version) before you try this and do it at your own risk, please don't blame me if something goes wrong.  Use two straps for peace of mind or even three (one through the inside of car) if you want to be extra cautious.
Title: Re: How to strap your board to your rack in 30 seconds
Post by: tautologies on December 10, 2011, 03:10:54 AM
Awesome!!!

:-)
Title: Re: How to strap your board to your rack in 30 seconds
Post by: PaddleAnything on December 10, 2011, 05:47:58 AM
After decades of loading, strapping and roping boards, boats, rafts etc to racks I've learned not to trust cams or racks.  Sure, the cam may feel locked and secure and the rack doesn't move until wind or rain affect it.  Kind of like dressing for a swim when paddling, you should load your board/boat for the crash or sudden stop. 

My suggestion would be to use two shorter straps and a whole minute to secure the board.  If the 15 bucks is too much to spend on straps or then buy some quality rope from a climbing store and learn the truckers hitch.  Hell, I leave the ropes on my racks all the time which saves time. 

Now, if you are only driving a few blocks from the beach, what the hell take a short cut.  Once I purchased a new whitewater kayak on an out of town trip and was short on ropes, so the dealer helped me load it with a long single throw rope.   It was a solid method that didn't put lateral pulling pressure on the racks.  Worked great for the 8 hour drive.  I did it a few more time on shorter paddling trips until I launched it into the kudzu on a mountain road.  Thank goodness for plastic materials.  Rarely have I used that since. 
Title: Re: How to strap your board to your rack in 30 seconds
Post by: SoCalSupper on December 10, 2011, 06:09:50 AM
good stuff Robert!
I admit to being a bit of a nervous Nellie when i drive-have a pickup and use bungees to hold my shorter sup down-dont have to drive real far but im constantly looking in the rear view to make sure the board has not become someones hood ornament-dont have a car to strap a board to but if i do im using your method.
Title: Re: How to strap your board to your rack in 30 seconds
Post by: JF808 on December 12, 2011, 04:09:06 PM
works good if you got a small vehicle like that. Truck with thule racks... probably take longer. I use two straps per board, and take my time donig it. But Cool vid though.
Title: Re: How to strap your board to your rack in 30 seconds
Post by: blueplanetsurf on July 11, 2012, 01:55:37 AM
The youtube video on how to strap your board in 30 seconds has been watched over 6000 times already, so we made another video on how to strap multiple boards to a smaller car, let me know what you think:

How to strap multiple boards to your car (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pU_b8MEs31Q#ws)
Title: Re: How to strap your board to your rack in 30 seconds
Post by: outcast on July 11, 2012, 07:29:39 AM
The mulitboard rack video would be a liuttle bit better if you were wearing a clown nose and clown feet  :).....then pile 30 groms in

Actually, I thank you for the 30 sec vid....I just sent it to two folks who always seem to hesitate for a sesh as "I get nervous about the straps"

My solution is of course a van.....but thanks!
Title: Re: How to strap your board to your rack in 30 seconds
Post by: surfniels on July 12, 2012, 12:33:42 PM
Loved your advice. Shared it on my blog , hope you don't mind
Title: Re: How to strap your board to your rack in 30 seconds
Post by: sup_surf_giant on July 12, 2012, 02:07:58 PM
How was that 30 seconds?
Title: Re: How to strap your board to your rack in 30 seconds
Post by: blueplanetsurf on July 16, 2012, 08:17:25 PM
Surfneils, don't mind at all, please share any of my stuff.  How can we find your blog?

Giant, the 30 second video is the first one at the beginning of the thread, not the multiple board video.
Title: Re: How to strap your board to your rack in 30 seconds
Post by: surfniels on July 17, 2012, 05:11:44 AM
 My blog about surfing  denmark:
http://surfniels.blogspot.dk/ (http://surfniels.blogspot.dk/)
 ;D
Title: Re: How to strap your board to your rack in 30 seconds
Post by: peterp on July 23, 2012, 11:50:51 AM
more and more guys over here are using these puppies....www.lockrack.co.za (http://www.lockrack.co.za) - they work really well and board actually gets secured even before you stick outside arm on - so it holds board in place when windy.

Title: Re: How to strap your board to your rack in 30 seconds
Post by: blueplanetsurf on September 28, 2012, 09:54:50 AM
Those Lockracks look good, has anyone seen these is the US yet?
Title: Re: How to strap your board to your rack in 30 seconds
Post by: blueplanetsurf on February 06, 2013, 02:37:02 PM
Most of our rental boards have marks from straps vibrating on the boards.  Not only is the noise annoying but it also damages the finish of the board and it's easy to prevent.

So here is a tip that was mentioned before:
When strapping boards to your car, twist the straps like in the pictures, this keeps them from vibrating and scratching the finish.
Title: Re: How to strap your board to your rack in 30 seconds
Post by: PDLSFR on February 06, 2013, 03:08:02 PM
Bob thanks for that advice about twisting the straps, for the life of me I couldn't figure out how my board was ending up with those strap marks.... now I know !!
Title: Re: How to strap your board to your rack in 30 seconds
Post by: headmount on February 06, 2013, 03:22:22 PM
Well another way to avoid strap rash is to hold the buckle in the desired place with one hand as you tighten with the other.  This way the strap doesn't slide and 'burn' the paint job. 

But all this stuff about buckles being unreliable is true.  Oxidation in any form can corrode the springs that bring the tightening lever back to a friction being position.  I just noticed one of mine go south. 

PBill has cleats riveted  onto his red Jeep so there's not even a need to know any elaborate knots.  He uses expensive mountain climbing rope that gives me confidence.    Going up Hana Hwy at 50mph into even as low as a 20 mph headwind, means 70 mph total on your load.
Title: Re: How to strap your board to your rack in 30 seconds
Post by: blueplanetsurf on September 18, 2014, 01:18:03 PM
We made another video on how to strap a board to a car that has no roof racks using two foam pads and two straps.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G3rFSm6CXvA
Title: Re: How to strap your board to your rack in 30 seconds
Post by: magentawave on October 21, 2014, 02:08:59 PM
Thanks for the tip! Do you still strap it like that even if you will be blasting down the freeway?


I recently watched someone take 10 minutes to strap their board to their car while I was waiting for their parking spot.  He was going back and forth several times for each strap, looping it around the ends of the racks on both sides, and tying the straps off endlessly.  In the end the board was not even tight on the racks and the board could still slide all over because he tied it around the end of the rack, not snug next to the board and could not really tighten it well because of all the loops he made around the rack.  So, here is a video of a fast way to strap a board to a car easily, quickly and safely.  I made a short "ADD" version:
Title: Re: How to strap your board to your rack in 30 seconds
Post by: Kaihoe on October 21, 2014, 02:54:20 PM
Hi Magenta,

  Use this for local trips... up to about 1/2hrs freeway driving
Title: Re: How to strap your board to your rack in 30 seconds
Post by: Eagle on October 21, 2014, 03:13:51 PM
Have been using these FCS straps on Yakima bars and work a treat -

http://youtu.be/nbJseBpXl00

The D-rings hold tight and do not loosen at all with no moving parts
2 straps take around a minute to put on once you get the system down
Used bomber auto-locking ratcheting straps before but that was overkill
Nice videos btw Robert  :)

 8)
Title: Re: How to strap your board to your rack in 30 seconds
Post by: blueplanetsurf on October 23, 2014, 12:08:31 AM
No, I would use two straps for blasting down the freeway, better safe than sorry.

Eagle, I like those fcs straps too and they work great but people just get confused by them despite it being so simple.  We have a hard time just getting rental customers to put the straps into the cam buckle from the bottom.

Thanks for the tip! Do you still strap it like that even if you will be blasting down the freeway?

Title: Re: How to strap your board to your rack in 30 seconds
Post by: blueplanetsurf on September 29, 2019, 02:16:08 PM
This thread is from 2011, the one strap method was one of the first popular videos on our youtube channel :)

We just posted an updated video all about strapping boards to your car safely and efficiently, please check it out:
https://youtu.be/TV-oCNLUCFg
Title: Re: How to strap your board to your rack in 30 seconds
Post by: Night Wing on September 29, 2019, 03:40:32 PM
Robert,

This is one of the best, if not "the best" video for strapping boards to a vehicle I've ever watched.

I use the 2 strap Kanulocks, but I'm going to have to get two more straps that come through the inside of my truck since I travel at 70 mph (or more) going down the freeways to the upper coast of Texas.

Thanks for sharing this video.
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