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Hauling your stand up paddle board to-and-fro can be a real hassle without a car. But there are other options that are made for the task!
Between dollys, wheels, bike trailers, and other carts, there are plenty of other modes of transportation for your board. Keep in mind that these methods of moving your board are made for shorter distances, such as along beaches or boardwalks.
SUP dollys are a type of cart that generally carry only one board at a time, but some can carry multiple.
For most dollys, the bottom of the board rests on its side on a set of wheels, and the person carries the nose of the board with an attached netting/rope, or suction cup handle.
One reliable brand of SUP Dollys is the Apex SUP Dolly/Cart. With this cart, the board lies on its side with the bottom of the board resting on a set of sturdy wheels.
Also, here’s a video displaying how to use the Apex SUP Dolly:
With an SUP Dolly, you’ll be ripping through those waves in no time!
SUP Wheels are perfect for anyone who walks or bikes to the water.
SUP Wheels usually only carry one board. Wheels also generally carry the board lying flat. They are sturdy and can handle those rocky roads and sandy beaches.
Most people attach the board to the wheels then attach the nose of the board to a bike, which makes for a very convenient mode of board transportation.
Here’s a video demonstrating how to use SUP Wheels:
SUP Wheels can also be used with suction cup handles, allowing you to walk your board to the water. You can find more on these handles in the “Suction Cup Handles” section of this article.
Bike trailers will make biking to the next SUP event so much easier!
Using bike trailers as a method of transporting your board is the next best thing to a car. Moreover, most bike trailers can carry more than one board.
A great brand for an SUP bike trailer is the Boardwagon brand.
The Boardwagon bike trailer can hold up to two stand up paddle boards and easily turns around corners on your way to the beach.
You can find more about the Boardwagon brand at their website
A video displaying the abilities of the Boardwagon bike trailer:
Using bike trailers to transport your board is a great idea if the ocean or lake is not close to where you live.
Other Types of Carts
You can find many types of other paddle board carts that carry either one or more than one board at a time.
One good paddle board cart is the 2 SUP Carrier Paddle Board Cart. It carries two boards at a time and has sturdy, airless wheels that won’t go flat!
This video shows how to put together the 2 SUP Carrier Paddle Board Cart:
Most carts like this will also come with ropes or attachments so that you can hook everything up to your bike, which makes traveling longer distances a whole lot easier.
You can also find a ton more options for transporting your board on this website.
The prices on some of these carts can easily get to be over a hundred bucks.
If your budget is tight and you can’t seem to find the money for a regular cart, you can actually make one!
With a short trip to a hardware store and some determination, you’ll have yourself an SUP cart in no time!
Here are a couple of videos on how to make your own SUP cart:
Inexpensive DIY Paddle Board Cart
Here’s some instructions to building your own cart for around $11.
Fancier DIY Paddle Board Cart
If you are a go-getter you might want to invest a bit more time into making this homemade paddle board cart…
However – if you feel like making one would be a waste of time, or maybe you’re not exactly handy with tools, investing in a good quality cart is a good idea. Remember that a good quality cart can last you a very long time!
Although shoulder straps aren’t a type of cart, they are still a method of transporting your board without a car.
Shoulder straps attach to your board and allow you to carry it like a big hand bag.
Straps are made for carrying one board. They may hurt your shoulder after a while, so they are definitely optimum for shorter distances.
Here’s a video that demonstrates how to carry a board with shoulder straps:
Suction Cup Handles
Another carry-it-yourself kind of method is using suction cup handles that allow you to carry the board manually.
These types of handles attach to the board in the middle of your board doesn’t have a built-in handle, and then you are able to pick it up and carry it under your arm. This method should be used for really short distances, because your arm could get really tired and it could be more of a hassle then carrying the board by itself.
Handles and Carts
Suction cup handles can also attach to the nose of the board, while the bottom of the board rests on a dolly, cart, or set of wheels.
This method allows you to easily pull the board along the ground, which will get you to those waves even faster!
I’ll leave you with a few videos that show how to attach these types of handles to your board, along with some dollys:
Many carts come with suction cup handles. Some carts come with rope and netting systems that wrap around the board and allow you to pull it that way.
Whatever your method is, handles and carts make transporting your board so much easier!
Transporting Inflatable SUP’s
Carts, dollys and trailers are generally made for transporting solid SUP’s, since they can’t deflate. However, you can use the same kinds of methods for transporting inflatable SUP’s without a car.
Here are some methods of transportation for inflatable SUP’s (without a car):
- Lighter inflatables can fit compactly inside duffle bags and backpacks, but some inflatable SUP’s might be too heavy to carry it that way. If you have the strength, however, go for it!
- A trailer along with a bike is a great idea, just as it is with solid SUP’s. The nice thing is that the trailer doesn’t have to be as big. A small one will do the trick.
- Many inflatable SUP’s also come with their own convenient backpack carrying bag. The bag usually holds the board, the pump, the repair kit and possibly your paddle.
If you choose not to deflate your board before you transport it, make sure to check the air pressure before you go out.
Now you know that you don’t need a car to transport your paddle board, whether it is solid or inflatable!
Peacefully paddling along the water will come much quicker now that you know how to easily move your board to those sandy beaches. Have fun and be safe!