Mauritius is a natural destination for surfing. Known for the “Tamarin” wave, Mauritius is another Indian Ocean surf paradise. The main surf spots in Mauritius are concentrated on the south and south-west side of the island. The swell size in Mauritius is generally around 1 m smaller than that of Réunion, which is attributed to the less pronounced dips of the coral reefs and the fact that Réunion blocks the swell moving in a northeasterly direction from the southern oceans. The best months to surf are between April and September.

With this in mind, it’s only natural that surfers want to bring their own surfboards to experience the waters of Mauritius. So instead of worrying throughout the flight about how your surfboard is doing and whether or not the upcoming vacation will be a good one, the answer lies in packing your surfboard well.

There are several ways to protect your board, so you can arrive ready to disembark and head straight to surfing on your Mauritius holiday.

Buy or borrow a sturdy board bag of the right size. Have a bag that is six inches or 15 cm longer than your longest board. The extra length leaves room for cushioning. You may want to get a bag on wheels to make it easier to take with you through long lines at the airport and to and from your accommodation. you receive a damaged board at the other end of your flight.

Remove the fins from your board. If you have removable travel fins, it makes sense to remove them to avoid the possibility of them getting caught on surrounding objects. Wrap the removed fins in a towel and store them with your board, along with the fin key. If you forget the flap key, your efforts will be in vain, so check that it’s there before you zip it up.

Don’t forget to remove the old wax from your board. Skipping this step will usually result in cold water surf wax melting all over the board bag when you land in the tropics.

Protect dent-prone areas of your board, like the nose and tail. Do this by taping items you’re already traveling with, like wetsuits, towels, and clothing around the board. Bubble wrap is also a great option, as it’s lightweight and absorbs shock well. Bubble wrap with larger bubbles works best for this purpose.

Finally, write “top load” or “fragile” on the bag with a marker or acrylic paint. He is ready to go, arrive and enjoy his holidays in Mauritius with the table in one piece.

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