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Traveling with your longboard?
Here’s everything you need to know, including the friendliest airlines for longboarders.  

The thought of jumping into crystal-clear water on a tropical island somewhere has been a daydream for many as we’ve faced lockdowns, and international travel bans. While this thought is magical, it comes with some logistical challenges when you add a longboard into the mix.
 

surfer girl with single fin longboard

Janey holding her 9ft longboard wearing Bingin rashguard and Sanur bottom
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With typical lengths ranging from 9 to 10ft, and sometimes up to 12ft, longboards are heavy, awkward, and hard to get around airports. There’s no standard airline policy for traveling with a longboard which makes it tricky when planning a surf trip. Some airlines charge additional fees, and some just can’t carry longboards at all.


Airplane flying over the tropical island

Airplane flying over the tropical island
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Longboard Friendly Airlines


Longboards are generally classified as oversized baggage, so they come with an additional fee. Some airlines charge for flying in each direction, and some charge per board, even if they’re in the same bag. If your bag ends up being overweight, that could mean extra charges on top of what you’ve already paid.   


Surfboards packed and prepared to fly

Surfboards packed and prepared to fly
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Asia-Pacific




AirAsia


Your board must be packed in a recognized surfboard bag. The bag mustn’t exceed 109in (277cm), or exceed 71lb (32kg), and single surfboards weighing more than 33lbs (15kg) won’t be accepted.

Find out more about their specific details here.


Air China

Surfboard luggage costs are calculated by weight only, with a limit of up to 100lb (45kg).

Find out more about their specific details here.


Air India

For the US/Canada surfboards will be charged 50% of the excess baggage charge. One item can be pooled in the free baggage allowance. Excess weight due to additional items is charged as an extra baggage piece.

Find out more about their specific details here.




Cebu Pacific Air


Baggage charges are determined by the flight route. Longboards over 9ft aren’t accepted, and they must be packed properly or be transported in a surfboard bag.

Find out more about their specific details here.


Thai Airways

One board may be included in your baggage allowance, depending on the region. If it exceeds the allowance, a special unit price is applied.

Find out about their specific details here.


Japan Airlines

Longboards up to 13ft (4m) are allowed depending on the type of aircraft you’re flying. In certain cases, due to space limitations or weather, passengers may be unable to check in their baggage, even if baggage requirements are met.

Find out more about their specific details here.


Korean Air

Charges on surfboards are imposed per bag, and only longboards up to 115in (292cm) will be transported. For international flights, no oversize baggage fee applies within a total linear size of 115in (292cm), and a max. weight of 70lb (32kg).

Find out more about their specific details here.


Qantas

Boards will only be accepted if they’re enclosed in a surfboard bag that doesn’t exceed 70lb (32kg) in weight, and 109in (277cm) in length.

Find out about their specific details here.





Spice Jet


Surfboards can be checked in for an extra handling fee.

Find out more about their specific details here.

Sri Lankan Airlines

If the surfboard exceeds the free baggage allowance then you’ll be charged for excess baggage. It includes only one board with a max. weight of 70lb (32kg) which is charged at USD250. If more than one board is carried, normal excess baggage charges apply.

Find out more about their specific details here


surf longboard

Single fin
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view on the waves in Sumbawa Indonesia

View on the waves in Sumbawa Indonesia
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Central America


Aero Mexico

The max. weight allowed per piece is 70lb (32kg) with a max. length allowed, depending on the plane’s cabin, is 115in (294cm), including the board bag.

Find out more about their specific details here.




VivaAerobus


Longboards weighing more than 70lb (32kg), or measuring more than 126in (319cm) linear, or boards that aren’t properly packaged won’t be accepted.

Find out more about their specific details here


Danielle wearing Canggu one-piece in black

Danielle wearing Canggu one-piece in black        **click on the image to see the product details
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North America


Air Canada

Surfboards are accepted on a space available basis only. One board counts as one piece of baggage towards the max. number of checked bags allowed by your fare type. The max. length accepted is 115in (292cm), with a max. width of 24in (60cm). Two fees apply for two boards packed in the same board bag.

Find out more about their specific details here.



Air Transat


One board up to 12ft (3.65m) with a maximum weight of 70lb (32kg) is allowed. No overweight or oversized fees are applicable, but fees are charged depending on the destination.

Find out more about their specific details here.




Alaska Airlines


Standard checked baggage, overweight, or oversize fees apply to longboards. The length must not exceed 115in (292cm).

Find out more about their specific details here.




American Airlines


One board bag can contain multiple boards and will count as one checked item. Standard checked bag fees of the destination apply up to 50lb (23kg), and 126in (320cm) linear (length + width + height), or a USD150 fee applies from 51lb (23kg) to 70lb (32kg).

Find out more about their specific details here.





Delta Airlines


Overweight baggage fees apply to board bags that exceed 50lb and those over the baggage allowance, with bags no longer than 115in (292cm) linear (length + width + height).

Find out more about their specific details here.





Hawaiian Airlines


Fees apply to longboards with bags up to 50lb (23kg), and 115in (292cm) in length only allowed on flights. You can check more than one board bag, but a separate fee will apply.

Find out more about their specific details here.


jetBlue Airways

Surfboards are charged at USD100 each way, and can’t exceed 99lb (45kg), with only one surfboard per bag allowed.

Find out more about their specific details here.


Southwest Airlines

If your surfboard bag exceeds 50lb (23kg), an overweight baggage fee of US$75 will be applied per item each way. Board length and width restrictions don’t apply.

Find out more about their specific details here.




Spirit Airlines


Surfboard bags can have a max. of two surfboards in one bag, and are charged at USD100 each way. Additional items packed inside a surfboard case will have additional charges applied. Certain destinations have bag restrictions and surfboards aren’t accepted on these flights.

Find out more about their specific details here.



United Airlines

Surfboards are accepted as special items and must be packed in board bags, with oversized fees charged. They must not weigh more than 99.9lb (45.3 kg), not be more than 115in (292cm) linear (length + width + height).

Find out more about their specific details here.  


airplanes at the airport

Airport traffic
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South America


 


LATAM Airlines

One bag containing a max. of three boards, with a length of 126in (320cm) being permitted in exceptional circumstances, regardless of the width and height.

Find out about their specific details here.




Avianca


One board bag with up to three surfboards will be carried, with fees applied. The board bag must weigh a maximum of 70lb (32kg) with a length up to 12ft (3.7m).

Find out about their specific details here.




Aerolineas Argentinas


Fees apply to longboards, with only one bag with one board being allowed up to 118in (300cm).

Find out about their specific details here


single fin

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Danielle wearing Canggu one-piece in black

Danielle wearing Canggu one-piece in black     ***click on the image to see the product details
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Europe



Air France

Longboards should weigh no more than 50lb (23kg), or 70lb (32kg) in business class, and be no longer than 118in (300cm), depending on the plane. Prior approval may be required.

Find out about their specific details here.


Alitalia

Excess baggage fees for anything over 50lb (23kg), and more than 118in (300cm) in their total dimensions (length + width + height).

Find out about their specific details here.



Iberia Airlines

One board which isn’t more than 11.5ft (3.5m) in length is allowed. For long-haul flights, it can be carried within your baggage allowance, but for short and medium-haul flights, a single fee in each direction applies.

Find out about their specific details here.



Icelandic Air

A max. of four surfboards may be carried per flight, and they don’t count towards your free baggage allowance.

Find out about their specific details here.


KLM

Longboards should be a max. of 118in (300cm), weighing up to 50,5lb (23kg) in economy class, and max. 70.5lb (32kg) in business class.

Find out about their specific details here.




Lufthansa


Fees apply to longboards which need to be a max. length of 124in (315cm) and a max. weight of 70lb (32kg).

Find out about their specific details here.





Swissair


One board bag is allowed, with the maximum length of 124in (315cm) and weight of 70lb (32kg). If more than one bag is transported, you’ll be charged excess baggage.

Find out about their specific details here.



TAP Portugal

Longboards up to 70lb (32kg) may be carried, and will be charged an excess baggage fee if they’re over 79in (200cm).

Find out about their specific details here


surfer girl with longboard

Flora wearing our Sanur bottom in fish color and matching Padang top
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 ***click on the image to see the product details



Packing Your Longboard


Airport handlers are notoriously rough when handling fragile objects. Remove your fins first and then wrap your entire board with bubble wrap, using foam piping for the rails, and cardboard for the nose and the tail for extra protection. Duct tape the whole thing, and make sure it fits tightly in your bag so it’s not moving around. If you’ve got more than one board, add extra bubble wrap in-between and stack them by rocker. 


packing the surboard for travel

Preparing the surfboard for travels
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packing the surfboard at the airport for safe transportation

Packing the surfboard at the airport secured and labeled as fragile
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quality surfboard bag

Pro-Lite surfboard bag
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When You Get There


Now that you’ve conquered the flight, you need to focus on getting around with your longboard. If you’re travelling via vehicle then it’s best to travel in a car or van that has roof racks, or bring along soft roof racks just in case. You’ll need some tie downs to secure the board on the racks. In some regions like Asia, you can rent a scooter or motorbike with boards racks, but keep in mind the weight, shape and length of the board when riding as it can be hazardous.   

TOP TIP

Check the surfboard length restrictions to make sure they aren’t linear inches (length + height + width).  


Surf rack on the motorbike

Surf rack on the motorbike
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Packing surfboards for surf trip

Preparing for a surf trip
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Surfboards on the rooftop of the van

Travelling with surfboards might require a larger vehicle
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Travelling should be exhilarating, not stressful!
While some things are just out of your control, it’s better to plan ahead so you have a stress-free trip and jump into the surf as originally planned.

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Usuni wearing Canggu one-piece in off-white

Usuni wearing Canggu one-piece in off-white    **click on the image to see the product details
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Share the stoke!


Share this blog to help other surf travelers avoid hefty fines, long delays, and unnecessary headaches!

What’s the hardest thing about traveling with a longboard? What’s the biggest fine you’ve been slugged with from an airline? Do you have other advice for fellow travelers?


Usuni wearing Canggu one-piece in off-white

Usuni wearing Canggu one-piece in off-white   **click on the image to see the product details
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