How to Travel with Your SUP?

If like us, winter is synonymous with I'm-getting-on-a-plane-and-I'm-going-to-paddleboard-somewhere-down-south, here is how to travel with your inflatable or hard sup board. Here you will find tips and tricks to travel easily, affordably and quickly with your paddleboard. 

Inflatable or hard SUP?

The answer is both. Whether you have an inflatable or hard paddle board, know that it is possible to travel with it. Although both options are possible, the inflatable board option is less expensive and requires less time at the airport. Transporting your hard SUP is not very complicated, but some tips can make the task easier. Here's why. 

Traveling in an Inflatable SUP

Due to the fact that the dimensions of our inflatable boards transport bag are similar to that of a normal suitcase, it is possible to check-in your inflatable SUP, WITHOUT ADDITIONAL COSTS. Note: some airlines charge if they are sporting items. Our advice: as our transport bag is the same size as a suitcase, do not say that it is sports equipment; you will save the surplus costs. 

Friendly advice: as the majority of air lines offer the first checked bag free, take the opportunity to fill the transport bag of the inflatable SUP to the maximum. Put the rest of your clothes and accessories in your hand luggage and voilà. No additional charge for bringing your inflatable SUP on a trip! 

Traveling with 1 suitcase + 1 SUP?

If you wish to bring your inflatable SUP in addition to a checked luggage, here are the fees for additional luggage depending on the airline: 

 

Linear Dimensions

Tarif

Poids

Transat

62 in

$40-50

Max 23 kg

Westjet

62 in

$50

Max 23 kg

Air Canada

62 in

$50-55

Max 23 kg

Sunwing

62 in

$36.75

Max 23 kg

 

Transporting an Inflatable SUP

Evidently, there is no need to remind you that the transport bag is included with the purchase of our inflatable SUPs and includes wheels, shoulder straps to facilitate transport, a ventilation window to evacuate moisture and storage pockets to store lots of smaller items (sunscreen, life jacket, GoPro, cap, towel, etc.). 

Traveling with your hard SUP 

Traveling with a hard SUP requires a little more logistics, but it is still, very feasible. The proof: we have done it many times and several SUP amateurs as well. What you should know is that the majority of major air lines agree to transport sports equipment and that fees do apply depending on the weight and dimensions of the board. 

To help, we have listed the prices and dimensions allowed by certain major airlines in Québec: 

 

Dimensions

Fee

Weight

Transat

Maximum 12 ft long

 

100 $ CAD per item, per flight segment

Max 32 kg

 

Westjet

A baggage fee will apply for each board more than 9'8 ft long

Additional fee + Handling Fee of $50

Max 32 kg

Air Canada

Maximum 9’58 ft x 3 ft

 

Additional fee + Handling Fee of $100 

Max 32 kg

Sunwing

Maximum 12 ft long

100 $ CAD per item, per flight segment

Max 32 kg


No matter which airline you travel with, we strongly recommend that you check with the airline before you leave for the airport. To give you an idea, two of our ambassadors wanted to bring their hard SUP to Norway but since the airline imposed a 10ft limit, they had to opt for the inflatable boards.
 

Other advice

Always check the information with the company before your departure 
Arrive early to the airport: check-in takes longer 
Notify the airline beforehand to guarantee you space 
Safely store the equipment in a bag for this purpose 
- Airlines are not responsible for loss, theft or breakage

In any case, traveling with your inflatable or hard SUP is possible, safe and affordable, especially when considering the rental costs in some Caribbean countries.

If you have any questions about the transportation or storage of SUP, please don't hesitate to contact us. It would be our pleasure to assist and guide you towards the most favorable option.

SAFE TRAVELS!

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