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Do you take fins off the board when travelling by air?

Postby keepark » Tue May 01, 2007 12:44 pm

I am travelling with my new board this weekend to South Padre Island. I will be checking my board( and paying extra!)with Southwest airlines. It looks like the fins may get damaged if I leave them on. I have a Dakine board bag. Any experience with leaving the fins on?


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Postby bri » Tue May 01, 2007 1:34 pm

hmmm take fins off in 2 mins, no problem. Leave fins on, spend the entire journey thinking whether or not you board has been wrecked

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Postby breathe » Tue May 01, 2007 1:34 pm

Always take them off! I wrap my kites around my board because they are super easy to get dinged on the rail.

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Postby Toby » Tue May 01, 2007 1:38 pm

take em off, it is quick and can only get damaged or damage your bag etc

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Postby kiterMD » Tue May 01, 2007 1:51 pm

take em off, or the baggage tossers will break em off for you...

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Postby The B » Tue May 01, 2007 2:43 pm

Definately take them off, regardless of the size. I left mine on once and now I've got 4 symmetrical slices through the bag.

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Postby kite_n_rnd » Tue May 01, 2007 4:48 pm

I leave my fins on. I cut out 2 tapered pieces of
foam, cut 2 slits in each (for 2 fins at each end) and
place these over the mottom of the board. This
way, the fins are protected, they don't cut through my
"Golf" bag, and when I get there, I'm on the water in
10 minutes! Also, the foam has practically no weight.

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Postby feli » Tue May 01, 2007 5:41 pm

take them off...just a few minutes and you can be sure nothing will happen to your board or bag

i used to wrap some soft material around the fin of my waterski...that was working fine
...but at the kiteboard you have four fins instead of only one and it is so easy to remove them

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Postby pingo » Thu May 03, 2007 12:08 pm

I never take the fins off. Why?
If somebody drops my boardbag, the board will land on it's fins. The fins will then protect the bottom of my board.

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Postby Feng » Thu May 03, 2007 4:37 pm

pingo wrote: The fins will then protect the bottom of my board.
I always remove the fins and I put my wetsuit under the board for
a better protection.

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