A windsurf roof rack lets an avid windsurfer drive something other than a truck or SUV. Before these handy racks came around, cars had no hope of fitting a board inside. This left the surfer who didn’t live right on the beach with few options for transportation. The old solution was simple, if a little inelegant. They would tie a long board on top of the car as securely as possible and head to the beach.
For starters, that method of attachment isn’t exactly secure. A windsurf roof rack has attachment points and clamps to ensure that your board doesn’t come loose. These safety precautions protect you from the scary possibility of losing a board on the freeway. In addition to the damage a 10-20 foot long board can do at 65+ mph, you could be putting people’s lives at risk if your board came off the top of the car.
The other major advantage to a windsurf roof rack is that it protects your roof and board from incidental damage as well. Let’s face it: ocean water has a lot of stuff in it, and some of that stuff is sand. If you take a board covered in sand and rub it around the top of a car, you’re asking to scratch the paint on the car, the wax on the board, or both. A roof rack has specially padded clamps that won’t damage your board, and it raises the board off the roof, keeping it safe as well.