Posted by Reception on April 22, 2010
Board bag (preferred but not essential)
Bedding (i.e. blankets, pillows, sleeping bag, Etc.)
Duct Tape (If you are a surfer without duct tape, take my advice and get some)
Traveling clothes (You know the kind that don’t need to be ironed)
If you have removable fins, take them out. This will avoid one of the most common onboard surfboard disasters.
Using your trusty duct-tape, adhere your towels, pillows, and even your thicker clothing like sweaters and jeans to key “bump zones” on your board. These zones include your rails, tail, and nose. Of course, if your fins cannot be removed, tape tour pillows around them for extra padding.
For Extra Padding
For ultra-extra-super padding, go to your local shaper and ask for foam scraps left over after the blanks have been carved out. Then you have perfectly fitting strips protecting the rails, tail, etc.
Taking a Quiver?
A “quiver” is a group of several surfboards. If you are taking more than one board, be sure to stack them deck to bottom with cushioning between each one to keep them from damage and even from rubbing wax on the bottom of the top board.
If you don’t have a board bag, then lay out your bedding (blankets, sleeping bag) and then set your padded board safely onto the bedding and nestle her gently. Now twist that baby up like a hand-rolled cigarette or a dry, cushiony burrito and apply duct tape liberally.
Obviously, if you have a board bag, simply place the pillowy mass into the bag and zip it up.
Be sure to pack your fins with your board in case your boards and luggage get separated. You can always get a new pair of baggies, but you want your boards ready to go when you arrive at your destination.
Carry along some soft racks or some rope to be sure that you can strap your boards on to any vehicle possible. Since trucks and jeeps are always more expensive to rent, an economy car might your only choice, but they don’t fit the girth of an unwieldy mass of pillows, blankets, surfboards, and clothes. Just strap them on top.
I hope this helps you on your next trip. Take it from me. I have lugged a surfboard or four to everywhere I traveled for over ten years, and this is the cheapest and easiest way to keep your most precious possession safe and sound.
Posted by Reception on April 12, 2010
So the high season has come and gone, and what a season it was… No worries though, we are still open and better than ever. These past few nights we have had less people than during the crazy months of January and February, but trust me, this is not a bad thing as it has given everyone the chance to get to know each other even better. And hey its quality not quantity, right? Both of the hostels and bar have been full of activity and bursting with intriguing characters, none of which seemed bothered in the slightest by the smaller amount of people. Today I had a great conversation with a funny French kid traveling until October who is currently trying to decide if he wants to go to law school in the states. I also spent some time with an interesting Irish girl and an awesome Aussie lad who have been here for two weeks and who are not planning on taking off any time soon. Oh and I had a brief convo with this really cool Californian who is going to stick around and help us decorate the new hostel. Bringing me to the main purpose of this post- Any decorating ideas? Here is what we are working with so far-a combination of Spanish poetry, fishing nets, old fence posts, antique oars, chalk boards, a world map, a ninja turtle mural, and perhaps a large brass statue of the owner. Shhhhhh! That last part is a surprise ; )
Anyways in all seriousness, we are open to suggestions as the time has come to turn our newly constructed white walls into artistic masterpieces inspired by you!
Get at us with your ideas. Or better yet, come stay with us and leave your own charming mark yourself.
Hasta el proximo.