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Travelling with surfboards

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Travelling with surfboards

Leaving on a surf trip on Friday and just found out that our United flight has an "embargo" on oversize baggage - e.g. surfboards! Would appreciate any suggestions from the TA community on how to get the boards to our hotel in Nicaragua. Definitely would have booked with another airline if I had known about this ahead of time. Help! Thank you!

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1. Re: Travelling with surfboards

You are probably just better off renting them here in Nicaragua once you get to the beach. Im assuming you are going near a beach/surf town. If you shipped them or put them in a container, it would be ridiculously expensive and since you are leaving in a few days, they probably wouldnt get here in time. (i cant imagine how much it would cost to UPS them here priority air mail)

Most of the tourist surfing destinations will rent boards, or sell boards. Depending on how long you are staying, you might be better off buying one, and selling it before you leave.

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2. Re: Travelling with surfboards

ok - thanks for your input. Not going to go over well with the hard core surfers in the group!

Managua, Nicaragua
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Greetings mefro: CdM! I lived on Acacia Ave. the last few years I was in the States...surfed Scotchman's Cove quite a bit...anyway to get to your predicament:

Short version is to start and end your surf trip in San Juan del Sur, as it is the surf HQ for Nicaragua and you will have more options there then to just head right to Popoyo or Iguana or wherever else you may be planning to surf.

One option you might consider is to schedule your first couple of days or more in San Juan del Sur and check out the boards available there. There are several surf shops now and you have some options to price around. If you are here for a few weeks it might make sense to buy boards instead of renting. If you buy as soon as you get down here and then re-sell at the end (assuming the risk for broken boards of course which is a distinct possibility as the waves can be very big here). Mike Duckworth at Duck's Surf Shop is a solid guy with a good product, but there are probably at least three or four others in town.

The other is more of a hassle if that's possible, which would be put an ad in the Nicaragua craigslist looking for boards to buy and see what you come up with. Ideally you hook up with a group of surfers who are leaving the country, have boards, and would prefer to have some more cash then to lug the boards back to their home countries, or even someone in the reverse of your United embargo problem!

If you need late night arrival airport pickup (too late to go straight to the beach), feel free to contact me for that first and last night "soft landing" service.

Cheers, Mike @ Farmstay El Porton Verde, Managua

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4. Re: Travelling with surfboards

thanks Mike! CDM is still great - small world, huh?!

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Can you change airlines to Avianca? We just brought a bunch of boards down with no problem. Our huge longboard bag packed with 3 boards arrived a day late but it made it delivered to our front door in Iguana.

Managua, Nicaragua
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Check out bordport.com

We just started a business in Managua with a full retail surf shop, surfboard storage, rentals, and anything surf related you might need. We are located 20 minutes from the Airport on the way to the surf. We have about 60 brand new Channel Islands surfboards in stock, accessories from Dakine, FCS and Futures. Save the money on traveling with your boards and use our surfboard storage service. Buy a board, Rent a board, Surfboard storage, or even sell your old board when you leave. We cover all the options for Nicaragua surf travel and also run a taxi/delivery service to anywhere in the country.

SURF TRAVEL JUST GOT A WHOLE LOT EASIER!

Managua, Nicaragua
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7. Re: Travelling with surfboards

Check out bordport.com

We just started a business in Managua with a full retail surf shop, surfboard storage, rentals, and anything surf related you might need. We are located 20 minutes from the Airport on the way to the surf. We have about 60 brand new Channel Islands surfboards in stock, accessories from Dakine, FCS and Futures. Save the money on traveling with your boards and use our surfboard storage service. Buy a board, Rent a board, Surfboard storage, or even sell your old board when you leave. We cover all the options for Nicaragua surf travel and also run a taxi/delivery service to anywhere in the country.

SURF TRAVEL JUST GOT A WHOLE LOT EASIER!

Nicaragua
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Bordport,

This is good to know, do you have a web site of facebook page??

Managua, Nicaragua
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9. Re: Travelling with surfboards

Greetings Bordport:

You guys are in my neighborhood so I'll stop by and say hello soon and definitely will recommend to our guests!

Cheers, Mike @ Farmstay El Porton Verde, Managua

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10. Re: Travelling with surfboards

Thanks,

we are on instagram/facebook under bordport

our website is

www.bordport.com