Tie down your bloody boards!

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thermalben started the topic in Wednesday, 2 Jan 2019 at 12:37pm

How's this video from some fella's dash cam!

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thermalben Wednesday, 2 Jan 2019 at 12:38pm

Only time the boards have ever come off the roof of a car I was travelling in, was bouncing off the curb from the South Port Rivermouth carpark, and the occy strap slipped and two boards landed on the bitumem. But, we weren't going too fast to there was no major damage.

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GuySmiley Wednesday, 2 Jan 2019 at 1:28pm

is it just me our is the video load failing for others?

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Westofthelake Wednesday, 2 Jan 2019 at 1:40pm

Ha, it was like a 'wait there's more' moment in that vid.

I remember a long time ago going to One Mile in my mates VW wagon. There was 4 of us with a board each, with 2 either side on the roof racks.
After getting out of the surf we head off driving along at probably close to 60km/h when the 2 boards on one side came off. My almost new quad fin had about 2 inches cleanly carved off the nose at a 45 degree angle, and snapped 2 fins out, both on the same side. Plus a few bonus dings for good measure.
"I thought you strapped them down?"
"I thought you did!"
"You idiot!" (together)

Lesson learnt.

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freeride76 Wednesday, 2 Jan 2019 at 1:57pm

I had a good one couple years ago on the Pac Highway near the Iluka turn-off.

full stack maybe 6 or7 boards.

went past a B-double at speed and it sucked the boards up and both tie-downs snapped.

boards scattered all over the Pac highway.

I'll never forget there was one board on one side of the road and one on the other and about 4 or 5 B-doubles travelling at 100k/hr all threaded the needle between them.

Great start to a surf trip. Every board was smashed to shitt.

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thermalben Wednesday, 2 Jan 2019 at 2:08pm

Slightly OT, but on a midnight dash to Yorkes many years ago, a mate of mine pulled into the Port Wakefield servo and bought an ice coffee.

Just after the turn-off Ardrossan, he remembered the purchase. But couldn’t find it. 


There’s nothing else open overnight on the peninsula, so that was the sole caffeine hit for the next few hours.

He pulled over, hopped out of the car, and there it was - still sitting on the roof in pristine condition, though with a few squashed mosquitoes on the side of the carton.

Not bad for fifty-odd kilometres (the surfboards on the roof probably assisted in creating some unusual aerodynamic effects).

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blindboy Wednesday, 2 Jan 2019 at 2:13pm

Long time ago now I didn't tie the boards down properly. Mine came off and landed undamaged in a paddock but my mate had hooked his leggy around the racks so it was trailing out the back spinning in the wind until I pulled over and it slammed into a road sign with a square wooden upright and stuck there with the upright a good 30cm through the rail. Could have been worse. If the sign had been a bit closer the board would have been torn in half before I could stop. Took a while but we are still good mates.

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stunet Wednesday, 2 Jan 2019 at 2:17pm

Travelling north up the highway years ago we saw a car up ahead with the front strap gone so the boards were tilting up at the nose but secured, if tenuously, at the back.

We motored up past them but couldn't get the drivers attention, so we pulled back a while. Sometime later, with their car in the right lane we motored up the inside and I tried to get the passenger's attention. He was leaning forward, popping his head up occasionally, and I was pointing towards my roof approximating the international symbol for 'your boards are about to fly off and be run over by a semi'.

He mistook it for another gesture, and seeing we were all young surfers heading up the highway, just like them, he leant back and showed us the bong he was pulling.

Big smile on his face. Total misread of the situation. Funny as hell though.

No idea if their boards survived.

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thermalben Wednesday, 2 Jan 2019 at 2:28pm

"He was leaning forward, popping his head up occasionally".


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blindboy Wednesday, 2 Jan 2019 at 2:46pm

The bong explains a lot Stu.

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mattlock Wednesday, 2 Jan 2019 at 3:04pm

A long time ago me and mate left Bawley Pt after multiple cones to drive to our shack at Kioloa[about 5ks]. When we got home we noticed the boards weren't tied down. Old mate was so stoned that he drove so slow that the boards stayed on the rack!

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yorkessurfer Wednesday, 2 Jan 2019 at 3:32pm

A mate of mine was on his way down to the bottom end of the peninsula on a solo mission several years ago and had his boards stacked in the rear tray of his ute untethered, as he had done several times before without a problem.

As he came over a rise on the sealed highway he saw the familiar shape of a Commodore with the double bubble silhouette in the distance heading towards him I’m the opposite direction. Glancing at the speedo he quickly backed off the accelerator as he was at going well over the 100km/hr limit.

Sure enough right as he passed by the cop car two of his boards took flight. He looked in his rear view mirror he could see the boards spinning and fluttering in the breeze before gently coming to rest on the verge of the road.
He also noticed the brake lights of the cop car illuminate before disappearing over the rise.

Continuing on wasn’t and option, he had to retrieve his boards. He also had his entire stash laid out on the passenger seat so he leaned over and stuffed his mull, Tally Ho’s, mull bowl and lighter under the passenger seat as he swung the car off the road.
He had walked 50 metres from his car and was almost at his boards when the cop car pulled up behind his boards.

The first thing the cop said was that he noticed my mate was going a little fast and wasn’t going to bother about it till he saw the boards come flying out.

“That’s failure to secure a load” the cop said, a $300 fine and the honeycomb radar mounted on the cops rack was reading 120km so there’s another couple hundred dollar fine.
Old mate was hoping that he could just wear the fines and his car was a little way up the road so maybe that would be it?

But the cop wasn’t done. “Let’s go and have a look at your car shall we”.
He smelled the pot almost as soon as he opened the door and was onto it in seconds.

An ounce of South Australia’s finest, thank you very much. Add that cost to the rapidly escalating bill, plus an on the spot fine for weed which was a small mercy courtesy of South Oz’s liberal dope laws.

“Smells like you’ve been smoking that recently, I’m gonna call the drug testing bus down here” the cop said.
This was before the tongue swab tests had started being widely used.

Old mates’ day was going down hill by the minute.

Unfortunately for the cop there wasn’t a bus available for the testing and it was over 100km to the nearest police station. He was really pissed off now because without proof of DUI my mate would be free to drive on his merry way, obviously blazed as fuck.

So he finished writing up the fines which by this stage were around $1000, told my mate he was lucky to get away without losing his license and to get out of his sight.

Remarkably the boards had survived their flight completely unscathed in their bubble covers.

But of course the moral of the story is to secure your load people.....and don’t drug drive!

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freeride76 Wednesday, 2 Jan 2019 at 3:31pm

actually I had another one not that long ago.

surfed with the missus some babyfood on mals out the front.

we drove about 100m when the immortal question was popped.

"did you tie the boards on?"

"I thought you did"

she stopped and the board on top went sliding forwards in slow motion down the bonnet and onto the road.
luckily an old beater than didn't mind getting a bit of road rash

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thermalben Wednesday, 2 Jan 2019 at 3:34pm

At the end of every month, I'm gonna tally up the percentage of stories of boards flying off cars in this thread, that aren't associated with marijuana.

I suspect we'll struggle to push into double digits.

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stunet Wednesday, 2 Jan 2019 at 3:39pm

Meanwhile in Southern California...

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blindboy Wednesday, 2 Jan 2019 at 3:46pm

Yeh Ben, it's still the quickest known way to shave 30pts off your IQ.

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Blowin Wednesday, 2 Jan 2019 at 3:48pm

You’ve got nothing till your boat has flown off the trailer.

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Ash Wednesday, 2 Jan 2019 at 3:59pm

My mate borrowed my fave board back in the early '80's , had a surf, a mull and for some reason ( not hard to figure out with his herbs )) didn't tie the board down but left the ankle strap in the shut boot and drove off. His shame and humiliation when he arrived back to "return" my board was enough almost for forgiveness + in a similar hazy incident at Chi's I snapped his favorite fishing rod ( borrowed ) in the same boot, so karmic as well.

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thermalben Wednesday, 2 Jan 2019 at 4:05pm

Had another mate who efficiently tied his board to the roof, but didn't wrap the leggie around the fins properly. Ended up coming loose and dragging along the road the whole way home from Victor, so much so that the actual ankle strap had completely worn away down to the swivel.

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chook Wednesday, 2 Jan 2019 at 4:49pm

then there is the opposite problem...stress fractures and sunken rails from lashing boards down so tight out of stoner paranoia.

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Ash Wednesday, 2 Jan 2019 at 5:10pm

Chook mull stoners loose lots of power, hence needing packets of chips after an hour or so to keep the heart beating.

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truebluebasher Wednesday, 2 Jan 2019 at 5:28pm

Request for Swellnet tech assist! (Please)
Eerily similar Sunny Coast 'Bruce Hwy' dash cam (2016) (No Spoiler...All yours!)
There should be a prize for picking out Shaper and Model.

Poor bloke in Florida died exactly the same way back in 2005

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truebluebasher Wednesday, 2 Jan 2019 at 6:21pm

Surfboard Transit.(Survival Guide)[WARNING] contains confronting tragedies.

*Never extend Surfboard from side of car (re:1967) {R.I.P}

*Never reach behind to adjust surfboard while driving (2012) {R.I.P}

*Never follow surfers in a Convertible (Boards on heads > Smash!) #6 near dead.

*Look left/right & left when retrieving your board. Sorry didn't see ya mate! {R.I.P}

*When emergency braking for scattered Surfboards check for Bikes! {R.I.P}

Once the window seat Groms- held on tight! Now each bolt requires a barcode!
up! up! & AWAY...

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truebluebasher Wednesday, 2 Jan 2019 at 10:36pm

Stunet > Lethal Weapon video was [BUSTED] by MythBusters in turn [BUSTED]

1989 Lethal Weapon Surfboard shatters windshield decapitating driver.
2005 re: Above: Florida /Surfboard crashed thru windshield > Fatal blow to head.

MythBusters have huge research base how did they bypass Florida confirmation.

2010 Mythbusters: Surfboard can't penetrate energy absorbing shield at speed ???

2013 Again re: Hawaii /Surfboard crashes thru windshield > glancing drivers face.

If you see a surfboard spearing toward your windshield...put your good sunnies on!
Hooray for Hollywood busting MythBusters! No good for we Surfboard Chasers!

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tux Thursday, 3 Jan 2019 at 7:34am

had some friends drive 500km for their holiday with 6 boards on the roof...arrived at camp spot unpacked camping gear and untied boards...decided to drive the 20km to town for a counter meal...lost all the boards of the roof

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truebluebasher Thursday, 3 Jan 2019 at 12:54pm

Great holiday fun ~ tux...This could be your mates en-route to the pawn shop!

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tux Thursday, 3 Jan 2019 at 2:01pm

Geez how sketchy would a South African Gumtree transaction be

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Westofthelake Thursday, 3 Jan 2019 at 2:37pm

What could go wrong?

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Cowabunga Friday, 1 Feb 2019 at 3:34pm

In the winter of 82 we folded back the first 1/3 of peabows HQ wagon roof with 8 surfboards on the NW coastal highway blew out the roof liner that initially stuck to our faces driving blind until we slowed down enough to pull it free. After 20 minutes of stitching the roof back to the car with fence wire and rope we stuck the boards in the back of the wagon and continued on our windy way...rust never sleeps on the cassette player

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truebluebasher Monday, 22 Apr 2019 at 4:11pm

Seems to me us older crew need to lead by example...

tbb's (Onboard Oz Surf Safari) Exclusive to Swellnet.

Airlines such as Air Asia have WSL deals of free Surfboard travel.

Longboards aren't accepted on Regional Coaches / Metro trains / Tram / Bus
You can travel with Longboard Luggage on Regional Trains + Air shuttle Trailers.

Bodyboards travel no extra charge as free luggage on interstate road / rail links

Oz regional Coaches (2m wrapped Board limit) @ $15 booking' excess
Your board will travel beneath in luggage compartment as in roadfreight.

Airport link shuttles will accept boards during off peak (No extra charge)
Recommend to be early for luggage arrangements.

Metro Rail allows Surfboards on all non peak travel + SA Concession fare (Peak)

Local Buses (off peak) accept surfboards in NSW,QLD,WA (not - SA,VIC).
Again advise to board early to secure wheelchair / Luggage partition.
Exampled area of bus
Example shows alt positions for surfboard during off peak.(No disabled on board)

Qld / NSW Trams accept peak hour surfboards.
Weekends + Holidays are 'off peak'...Surfboards can then link into local Transit grid.
Basically Surfboard to beach transit is the preserve of seachange Tram millionaires.

Coastal Trams as you'd expect cater for Surfboards all hours of operation.
tbb presents examples to help you fully plan your on-board Surf Safaris.

Gold Coast Tram Surfboard Promo Boards & Racks
1) Instruction
2)Full size... Rack only Model
3a) Demo Male Model
3b) Demo upended Model
3c) Demo stand alone Model

Newcastle Tram Surfboard Racks
Cool Surfie Promo for Racks
2)Demo stand alone Model

Grom / Eco Bike optional Extra:
Bikes -Bus regional links @ $50 approx Oz wide.
Bikes-Train off peak(no charge)+ SA peak/conc' OK + Fold up bikes/skate all Oz
Bikes & Boards can Travel Oz wide on all Trains all Weekend /holidays
Bikes are permitted off peak Buses in Qld & NSW only if Train is down.
Note Surfboard 'Train' (Metro)... n/a to (Tas / NT / ACT) > re: Coaches

Ferries are surfboard compliant but peak hour rule still applies Oz wide,

Peak hour rule affords driver to shunt you onto next service...(Age Consideration)

tbb wishes you the wave of your lifetime on your Onboard Surf Safari.

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P'tai Monday, 22 Apr 2019 at 4:27pm

tbb you have way to much time on your hands

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truebluebasher Monday, 22 Apr 2019 at 8:47pm

P'tai is equally kind & correct but sadly my time penalty is governed by Myositis.
Right now is the weakest i've ever felt...barely being able to walk or hold a cup.
tbb has a million better things to do and would be stoked to do half of just one.

Bipolar kicks in to battle the Myositis as played out in the said above epic quest!
Exhausted further by the Brain Fog drugs prescribed to sedate me.
tbb is fully aware it's a life many would dream of living...just one day off will do me!

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goofyfoot Monday, 22 Apr 2019 at 9:05pm

That sounds terrible tbb, hopefully you get well soon.
Keep the posting up, I love trying to decipher them

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Bnkref Monday, 22 Apr 2019 at 9:21pm

Sorry to hear that TBB.

Always enjoy having a read of your posts.