This innovative and secure universal surfboard roof rack has everything you need to get your surfboards to the water safely and securely. It's got your boards covered - literally - as foam padding cocoons around your surfboards, providing protection from your car's roof and any vibration damage during travel. The padding also extends around your board's rails, so you don't have to worry about too tight straps cracking your boards.
These racks are truly universal because they can secure to your car around your existing hard roof rack bars, or through your doors if you don't have a roof rack system on your car. Roll the rack up into its pouch and take it with you on your next destination surf trip and know that they'll fit your rental car.
The truly unique feature of this surfboard car rack is its single loop closure "lockdown" system that secures the rack to your car and your surfboards to the rack. This rack has only 1 closure that tightens in 1 place - under your car roof or roof bars - so you only need to tighten the racks in 1 place (instead of 2 on other roof racks). Securing around the top of your surfboards fits an S clip that you can open to load or unload your boards but that tightens automatically when you tigten the single closure. Overall the system is simpler to secure your surfboards and also quicker and easier to load and unload!
Surfboard load capacity is not sacrificed by the innovative roof rack system - these racks fit on average, 1-6 shortboards or 1-3 longboards.
How does this rack stand up to highway speeds for several hours?
That is a question we get asked a lot about removable/universal transportation racks - how well they do on the highway, and over distances? This particular universal surf rack was designed originally for destination travelers who would be renting a vehicle to use while away on a surf trip; this meant the system was built to fit a lot of different types of cars one may rent, and had in mind that one might be driving a bit after flying in somewhere - so it is intended for use on highways and for highway travel. That being said, for all universal soft racks like this, they are not going to be comparable to a hard rack system on crossbars. Hard roof racks have that extra level of stability (and sometimes built-in performance efficiency) overall due to their nature. So on a universal, soft, removable system like this, it will do fine at normal, reasonable speeds that are appropriate for the roads, weather & other conditions; but there are variables in your user experience based on how many boards you are traveling with, how well you secured them, how large the boards are in relation to your auto, etc. And how that feels to a particular driver, we find that differs from person to person; but overall, this is a very good, economical option. We don't get complaints about it or return requests as not as expected. It is an affordable option, and if set up well should do fine. For very long distance travel, with large boards, one may want additional front & rear tie-downs, but for normal conditions and travel it should work well if properly set up and secured.
Is this rack big enough to hold a SUP or two?
I have 1 surfboard and 1 body board with fins that I need to transport on the roof, between roof rails. Would this work? The boards stack nicely, just not sure if the straps will secure a slightly wider board.
This removable roof rack should work for your boards; it can secure several surfboards at one time, and if those two stack well as you think you should be fine. You would just have the wider board as the one on the bottom. The only concern would be if the widest board is as wide or shaped more like a SUP (i.e., over 30" wide). Otherwise, this would be a good choice for your boards.
Hi, we are looking for a surfboard roof rack for a 2005 nissan altima. The vehicle does not have any roof hardware. Does this work for our car?
Yes, this universal surfboard rack should work for your Nissan Altima. It can secure the boards to your roof top a couple of ways - so since you don't have a roof rack/crossbars, you would run the straps through your 4 doorways (alternately you can also attach it to gutters/sills with the included clips - so for bare roof vehicles there are a couple ways to use it).
I have a Toyota Highlander. Will these surf board racks work? They would have to be strapped through the inside.
This transportation rack should work for your Highlander; if you don't have roof rails/crossbars, you canrun the straps through 4 doorways, as you noted, which it looks like that vehicle has. We have some more universal/removable transportation rack options here: https://www.storeyourboard.com/universal-surfboard-roof-racks/
Will this rack work on a 2016 Dodge Ram 1500 quad cab? I would be using it for a few boards ranging 6-8ft.
This removable Surfboard Transportation Rack should work fine for your quad cab truck, since it has 4 doorways that the straps run through if the rooftop is bare and has no crossbars (otherwise, it is versatile and can also be used with crossbar systems where one has them). It can hold about 1-6 shortboards (and about 1-3 longboards). Depending on how the boards sit on your truck cab, you may want to use additional front/rear tie-downs
Is there much wear and tear on the paint on the roof with these??
No, you really shouldn't see any wear and tear on your roof from this removable transportation rack, from normal use. It is a simple but effect & versatile transportation rack.
Will this transport system work well on a car with crossbars?
Yes, this surfboard rack does work on vehicles that have an installed roof rack system/crossbars, as well as those without them! It is very versatile, and has three different ways to attach to an auto, and will work with crossbars!
How well will this work for a 2 door Jeep Wrangler? Considering it’s a 2 door I’m thinkng of having both straps in the 2 doors.
I would not recommend this surfboard transportation rack for a 2 door Wrangler. If you were to run the front & rear straps through just the one set of doors on that Jeep, the straps won't be spaced out far enough to secure your board properly or safely, and that is a definite issue. For removable systems such as this, you really need to 4 doorways so that the board is secured evenly (front & rear). I don't know what the rear of your particular model looks like, to know if there is a way to make it work by windows in a covered bed, or any gutters that could use the gutter clips provided instead of running straps through the doorways, but overall I would not recommend it and do not have a good alternative to suggest.
Could this work with a two door VW beetle?
While we boast this product as being "universal" it does have one caveat in that it requires 4 doors to secure it to the roof of your car.
Since your VW Beetle only has 2 doors I would not recommend this product as if you were to run the front & rear straps through just the one set of doors on your car, the straps won't be spaced out far enough to secure your board properly or safely, and that is a definite issue. Unfortunately I do not have an alternative product that I would recommend either.
Posted: March 15, 2018
Just received my new soft racks, did a quick check, everything looks to be in order. Going to try them out for the first time today. A maiden voyage!
Silent and Secure
Posted: March 7, 2018
I have had several surfboard racks over the years this one provides the best protection to the board rails by far. I could really tighten it down without any damage. At speeds of 90MPH the rack was as silent as a mouse and the boards were solidly glued to the roof. I have two boards a long and short both in board bags with three wetsuits in the board bags. The only thing missing from the instructions for installation was to twist the straps twice on the roof before passing them through the doorway to prevent the vibration/noise. This is the top notch gear, love it and trust it.
Posted: February 23, 2018
Work great! Protects the rails and a twist takes the hum away as I learned on old soft racks and if people read, they see you advise it as well.
Universal Surfboard Car Rack
Posted: December 29, 2017
Easy to install, works well, and good quality. Good value.
Posted: November 28, 2017
Sorry guys, I was sold until I reached a speed of 45 mph. The straps rattled, fluctuated, vibrated us right out of the vehicle. We had to return the surfboard and leave it behind, bummer!
Posted: July 12, 2017
No sounds, hangs on at high speeds, felt secure and safe from SF to LA.
Surf Roof Rack
Posted: July 12, 2017
Secure and very easy to put on and take off. Also great because it can be used for every car we have.
Posted: December 30, 2015
Very convenient and cost effective