There is nothing more frustrating than getting hit at the airport for unexpected excess baggage costs when trying to lug your Surfboard halfway round the world. Sometimes it almost feels underhanded, the way the airline companies, pounce on a weary Surf traveller as they try to navigate the check in desk.
I have even had occasions when I have been able to take the outward flight without anyone batting an eyelid at my quiver only to be ambushed and fleeced on the return journey. There is no way I would ever leave my boards behind so after 20 minutes of arguing, bargaining, pleading and battering, I always relent and cough up.
Luckily the good folk over at Surfertoday.com have compiled a comprehensive list of airline companies around the globe and give you some idea of luggage allowances and charges for taking your Surfboards along for the flight.
Yes, I know that with a bit of digging and half hour on the Internet you could find the information yourself, but it is handy to have all the facts in one place and interesting to see the huge difference between some of the airlines out there.
There are a few diamond companies out there such as Emirates and Virgin, that don’t charge at all (length dependant) and a few that shall remain nameless that see the travelling Surfer as a cash cow. To see the full list or to check before you book click here and be sure to let us know of any good or bad airlines you have dealt with.