Not mine - the board's!
I went ahead and got myself a directional in the US... packed it carefully, with extra padding on the nose and tail. No problem getting it checked for my flight home. However, when I opened the bag when I got back to the sandpit, out fell a note from TSA saying that the bag had been searched, and out fell the packing which I had so carefully attached to the nose.
Needless to say, the nose of my as-yet-unused board looks like this:
Is there an effective way of repairing this myself?