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Saturday, January 14, 2012

Storing surfboards in an apartment - where exactly?


Okay, now that we own two surfboards, um, where exactly do we store them in our apartment? So that they are out of the way, yet easily accessible when we need them, and not in danger of falling on top of our children? Yeah, that wouldn't be so good. Right now, this is where our boards live - in our entryway next to our closet. They are kind of act as decoration right now and definitely serve as a conversation starter among our guests. Plus, there's an increasing trend in surf decor, right?

But I know that this isn't necessarily a sustainable solution. We've spent all this money for nice, new boards but in their current arrangement, the boards could still fall down and get banged up or worse, hurt someone. I started to look into what options were available and quickly was overwhelmed! There are so many! Did you know that there was even a whole blog devoted to all kinds of surfboard racks? It has a tremendous amount of information and reviews about the different types of racks. 

There seems to be three main options for storing your surfboard indoors - on the ceiling, on the wall and vertically on the ground. The method that you choose depends largely on how much space you have, how many boards you want to store and how often you use each board (i.e. do you use some more regularly than others and want them to be more accessible) as well as your personal home style and aesthetic. For us, I'm considering a vertical rack or a wall sling. The wall slings are pretty cool in that it's low profile and can hang more or less flush against the wall. We have a long narrow hallway where it might fit well. 

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4 Comments:

At January 16, 2012 at 10:16 AM , Blogger luschen said...

Hi, Well I finished reading the whole blog and it is wonderful. I find a lot to identify with. I have been surfing off and on for years and years. But unfortunately we live in Nashville - a little far from the ocean :(. We have been to Costa Rica twice and I've surfed in California, Texas, Alabama !?!, and the east coast, but of course I don't go nearly as often as I want to! I too have two surfboards, but luckily we have a big basement. I have a 8'6" soft top that I started with and a 10' 2" NSP so I can catch anything ankle high or bigger. We have three boys, aged 9, 6, and 5. Sometimes I just feel my life is on hold till the boys get old enough for us all to surf together (assuming they like it). So far so good - here are two of my boys and their friends taking a lesson in North Carolina two summers ago: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rwx7kYVeNI4 Then I wonder if I'll still be able to surf after they go off to college so I can finally satisfy my surfing bug then. Anyway, probably too much information, but keep the posts coming so I can live vicariously through you!

 
At January 16, 2012 at 3:55 PM , Blogger Christine said...

Thank you so much for your comments. It means a lot to me and I really appreciate it. The video of your kids surfing is ADORABLE. I really hope that our boys will take some interest in the sport so that we can go out as a family. It's funny - my husband and I were talking about the exact same thing, how we'll be surf bums once the kids go off to school!

 
At April 16, 2012 at 5:20 PM , OpenID Ted said...

I've been wondering for a while if it wouldn't make sense to keep your board in a lockup near your closest break. Like if there was a 24 hour access locker you could tuck your board into so you don't have to keep it in your flat. It means a bit of a mission when you want to go travelling, but it would save a heap of effort for every day surfing... what do you think?

 
At April 16, 2012 at 8:24 PM , Blogger Christine said...

Thanks Ted! I've actually considered it. There is a surf shop where you can rent lockers and such but the only problem is that you can only access them when the shop is open which is a hassle especially if we want to go out earlier in the morning (shop doesn't usually open until 10am). For the most part, we've found a way to tuck the boards away so that they aren't in our way in the apartment. I'd rather do that and save a few dollars a month :-)

 

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