While much of the United States is in the throes of early winter storms, winter time is surfing season in Santa Cruz. I spent Sunday afternoon taking photos while my son surfed at Indicators in Steamer Lane.
Because traffic and parking are typically choked along the prime surfing locations and surfboards are prohibited from Santa Cruz buses, many locals ride their bikes to the beach. Most surfers just carry their short boards under arm while riding slowly.
Thanks for stopping by, Jeremy. You're absolutely right, but... I haven't actually seen one in the wild carrying a surfboard. I think the only Xtra related thing I've seen in Santa Cruz County is a Surly Big Dummy at Family Cycling Center in Capitola, and they picked that up just recently after they saw it at Interbike last September.
Ghost, there's a strong cycling culture in Santa Cruz already and a lot of the locals live within easy biking distance of the beach. We still have plenty of people driving in, of course, especially anybody who lives more a couple of miles away.
The Paddleboy Flyer is a bike trailer that does a great job with surfboards as well as kayaks and canoes. The trailer has an adjustable length support beam which connects the wheel to the hitch arm and provides support for the weight of the surfboard or kayak. This is probably the safest and most durable setup for long distances and frequent use.
Huntington bike racks can damage the tail of the board when riding over speed humps and gutters. They are not adjustable to suit various length boards. Speaking from experience here... that said they are easier to get past traffic