With the nights drawing in and the winter breezes blowing we cannot escape the fact christmas is just around the corner. Our top tip? Take advantage of the holiday period by sneaking a couple of these must winter must haves onto your christmas list.
But what does make the ultimate gift for a windsurfer? Over the coming weeks we will talk through a variety of gift ideas; next up are our favourite Travel and Storage items– every image is clickable, so click the pic for more information on the item.
Travelling for a windsurfer can mean anything from popping down the road to the local lake, to jetting across to the other side of the world and there are a few essentials for any journey.
Board bags are an absolute must to protect your beloved boards, and they come in various size options. If you want to take just one board with you, wherever you are heading to, the ION single board bag for £69.95 is a great lightweight bag that still provides a great amount of padding.
Or if you want to be able to take a fair few more boards with you, you may want to look at the Flying Objects triple wave board bag (£154.99). This offers fantastic protection and is the perfect way to carry your whole quiver of boards.
If you want to get everything in one bag on your travels there are also a few options to look at. The Pat Love One Shot (£139.00) can carry a quiver of one board, three sails, two masts and one boom, making it the perfect travel companion.
If however you've got a little more in your quiver that you would like to take away with you the Flying Objects Windsurf roller (£142.99) maybe the answer.
If you're travelling a little closer to home and strapping gear onto your car is the priority then these straps from Pat Love are a must have. Available in 25mm and 50mm for £9.95 and £19.95 respectively, it is definitely worth checking your straps are in full working order to avoid and mid journey snapping!
Another, more secure way of tying down your boards is with Kanulock.
An essential under the straps, to keep your equipment safe are roof rack pads. We recommend these ones from ION, available for £15.99.
Or you could look at another option for a roof rack; HandiRack (£59.99) is a totally inflatable roof rack which is light, durable and easy to use.
It is of course important to travel in style too, and seat covers offer both a great look plus keep your seats dry and sand free! Action Vans and O'Shea both offer great single and double covers - O'Shea single £29.99 and O'Shea double £39.99. Action Van T5 single £37.50 and Action Van T5 double £42.00.
Where to buy?
Boards recommends the following retailers that stock items in this week’s Christmas wish list.
Boardwise - ION, Flying Objects, O'Shea, Handirack, Kanulock.
Robin Hood Watersports - ION, Handirack, Pat Love, Kanulock.
Juice Boardsports - Flying Objects, O'Shea, Handirack, Kanulock
Action Van - Action Van, Kanulock.
Andy Biggs - ION, Flying Objects, Handirack, Kanulock.
Bray Lake - ION, Flying Objects, Handirack.
L.A.R. Watersports - ION, O'Shea, Handirack, Pat Love, Kanulock.
Puravida Boardriders - ION, Flying Objects, O'Shea, Handirack, Pat Love.
Quayside Windsurfers - ION, Flying Objects.
Wet n Dry Boardsports - ION, Flying Objects, Kanulock.
4Boards - ION, O'Shea
Check out the previous Christmas Wishlists: