How to Strap Your Paddle Board to Your Car with Connor Baxter

How to Strap Your Paddle Board to Your Car with Connor Baxter


Aloha, I’m Connor Baxter and this is Tiki Talks. Let’s jump right into it. How to strap your board. First, I like to start of course let’s go put the straps on the board so, you are not up there struggling trying to get the board on and then feeding the straps through. And at the meantime, we can throw our paddle in the car. Why I like to do this? We’re all guilty. Sometimes we leave it at the beach. So get that in the car. Doesn’t matter if you have a truck or car throw it inside Got your straps throw one in the front feed it through. I normally have a truck I feed it through and put it on the top here. Lay it, push it over, ready to go. Now the nose of the board is not here and now I’m not struggling to try to get it. Back one, same thing. Pretty straight forward You got it ready. Why I put the strap on the inside? We can go up and over the board to the outside of the truck tighten out here instead of trying to tighten it in front. Of course, the middle one would be next to impossible. If you have a car, racks on both sides it doesn’t really matter you can even cross it over. Truck, I like to start there. Next, we get the beauty here. We got the Wide Point actually. We going to load it up onto the car. Of course, height always going to depend on what kind of vehicles and rack system you got. This one is a little bit higher so, I’m going to go ahead roll the board over using this nice handle pick it up, put it on my head. I got a little more height, 6 ft. so, I can come right side by side to the car, throw it on and actually push it and slide it. Really important, sometimes you want to take like a step back, just make sure the board is centered. If we have too much weight in the front, or too much weight in the back that’s just going to make an aerodynamic of the car and board. A little bit off center. Also, you might notice, I have the fins forward. Why I do this? We all strap good but they tend to loosen up sometimes. So, in case it does that you have an older strap whatever the reason maybe if it loosens up and the board wants to come back and slide back you got all the fins here catching it. And making that so, may be you can get to your destination without losing your board. Strapping the board we’ll throw both sides over over the fins make sure the straps are not twisted here. That’s why I threw and remember this one first this one next so, I can easily adjust where this part is, the buckle. So, I can easily adjust that. That’s why we don’t want it twisted there. But important, before we string it through we do want the actual ribbon, the strap twisted there. What I mean by that is actually twisting one side at a time. Not cross over here. Why we do that? You don’t want the humming, that annoying whistling whatever it maybe So, a few twisting there is good doesn’t need many. We’ll come under the bar here feed it back up to the buckle. This part is really important making sure we go up through it and then down back toward yourself. And why you want it not to be crossed? So you can adjust that pull the buckle up get some good tension on that now we lowering it. Tension-wise. Snugged and then one-two that’s all you need. You’ve got some cushion here from the pads that’s gonna give that little give and not giving that on the rail. Next, really important, give it a wiggle. Sometimes it wants to move sometimes it doesn’t. That feels pretty solid. Sometimes you can push it actually closer to the middle point here and make that angle straight up and down and actually give it one more little tightening there. In front, most important make sure that’s tied down. The loosen, same thing. We don’t want it loosening up. So, wrap that around. Do a couple half-hitches. Make sure that all tugged away and not dragging on the ground for everybody. Secure it up. Last but not least, don’t forget about the back. One strap, two strap through the buckle snug, wiggle, snug. Good to go.

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