Shipping your paddleboard is a lot easier than you would expect. There are four things you need to package your paddleboard safely.
- Packing Tape
- Bubble Wrap
- Cardboard or Pipe Insulation
- A box big enough for the board to fit.
For tape, I recommend a 2” clear shipping/packaging tape that you can get from almost any store. If you go narrower than the 2”, you’ll have to worry about the tape not sticking and potentially tearing during shipping.
Bubble wrap is pretty standard (small bubbles and larger bubbles), but for this job I would go with the smaller bubbles.
You’re going to be using the cardboard or pipe insulation to protect the sides of the board as well as the nose/tail.
A large enough box to fit your board isn’t always easy to find. First, try your local board shop and see if they have a spare box they would be willing to part with. It may be easier to find two smaller boxes that you can fit over either end to overlap.
- Wrap the board from end to end in bubble wrap, make sure every inch of the board is covered.
- Tape cardboard or pipe insulation along the outside of the board making sure it overlaps at least 2” over the top and bottom of the board.
- Slide the board gently into the large cardboard box so as to not disturb any of the cardboard or bubble wrap. If you are not using a custom paddle board box make sure you fill up any excess space with bubble wrap or other packaging so that there is as little wiggle room as possible with the board.
The normal shipping carriers (USPS, UPS, and Fedex) will not ship paddle boards, as they are too long. Your best option is to send it freight. Freight companies will pick up and drop off from residential homes but they do charge an extra fee. If you can have it picked up from your office and delivered to theirs, it will save you a lot of money.
There are many freight carriers across the US, use google or a local shipping center to find the best carrier in your area.