Surf’s up! Living in Southern California, I have countless friends who surf often, including when they travel. However, one thing they don’t like is trekking their board to and from airports and most of all, paying extra baggage fees. Airlines differ in price depending on the length and weight of the board and the destination but typically, checking a surfboard costs $150 each way.
That hurts, especially if you’re only going for a long weekend. One way around this is by using The Quiver, Surfboard Rentals on Demand. The Quiver is a marketplace for surfers to rent out and share boards.
How Quiver Works for Renters
1. Discover boards nearby and where you’re traveling. Find boards of all shapes, sizes, and for every skill level in locations all around the world.
2. Request to rent a board on Quiver. No matter what board or where, you can rent a board with a few clicks.
3. Pay in a few clicks and receive rental confirmation. Once you find that perfect board, you can request to rent and pay in a few clicks. You’ll receive a confirmation with all the details, and you can confirm that through Quiver.
It all depends on the owner, but prices appear to start at about $15 a day. There are some for $10 and others for $50. Some even charge by the hour or by the week.
Users can choose surfboards, stand up paddle boards or even accessories. You can also search by skill level (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced or Expert) and/or by brand from 7S to Wisz Surfboards. And don’t forget about fin type (Single fin, Twin, Tri/thruster, Quad or 5 fin convert), which I’ve never paid particularly close attention to but it obviously makes a difference.
Boards are available in about 17 countries, from Australia to the United Kingdom, and all around the United States, including some states you wouldn’t necessarily associate with surfing, like Rhode Island.
FYI: I’ve only surfed a dozen or so times, mostly in Waikiki, which is by far my favorite place because the water is clear, warm and shallow and there are incredible views. I didn’t like surfing in California because the Pacific is cold, deep and dark. I surfed once in Noosa, Australia, which was fun except for the poisonous spider that kept coming after me while taking my lesson on the beach.
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