How to Size a Surfboard Bag
A bag, cover, or sock is the best way to keep your surfboard safe and extend its longevity. Now more than ever, surfboards come in all shapes and sizes, and we’re constantly asked whether or not a certain board will fit in a specific bag. After some in-shop testing to see the differences between brands and styles of bags, we’ve come up with this guide to help walk you through the process of how to size a surfboard bag. We’ll cover everything from shortboards to longboards and everything in between.
Before we go into the fit differences between brands, let's first go over some commonly asked questions.
Surfboard Bag Sizing FAQ
What is a good fit?
An ideal fit is a bag that easily stores and properly protects your board. You don’t want a bag that’s too small or tight because it will make it harder to get your board in and out, as well as leaving it more susceptible to dings. A bag that is too big will feel really loose while transporting, which isn’t ideal either.
Do I need to know any measurements?
To figure out what bag will work for you, first, look at your board and check the dimensions, most importantly length, width, and thickness.
Starting with length: this will determine the length of your bag. Bags are listed by their length, which makes it really straightforward. If you have a 6’4” board, you should look for at least a 6’4” surfboard bag.
Width and thickness affect the style of bag you’ll need to get. Bags come in shortboard, fish/hybrid/funboard, and longboard styles. If it isn’t immediately apparent which style of bag your board will fit in, you can use the width and thickness dimensions to help decide.
What about sizing surfboard socks?
Surfboard Socks are generally more accommodating than day bags, especially with boards that are extra wide and or thick. That being said, it’s always worth it to go a little on the larger side with a sock. A sock that’s too big isn't really annoying or cumbersome, but too short definitely is.
In terms of cut, all of the socks we carry run true to size. Pro-Lite, for example, usually runs 3” long in their day and travel bags, but their socks are cut right on the money. Meaning a 6’2” board should go in the 6’3” sock and wouldn't fit a 6’0” sock well.
How do I size travel bags?
The sizing listed for the companies below also applies to their travel bags, but I’d recommend going even a little longer (about 2"+) than you’ll actually need. The more space, the better, and with the extra room, you can better pack the travel bag out with clothes or padding for your boards.
Now that we’ve got those questions answered let’s take a closer look at the different brands.
Surfboard Bag Sizing By Brand
All the various bag manufacturer’s cut their bags a little differently, meaning some run shorter or longer than others and some are wider while others are narrow. To save you the trouble, we ran sizing tests through all the brands we carry and after reviewing the numbers we came up with these results. In general, here’s how the different bag companies that we carry fit:
Channel Islands Surfboard Bags
- Across the board, CI's bags tend to run about 2” short. Which means if you have a 5’10” you should get at least the 6’0” bag.
- The overall cut on their shortboard bags is narrow, so if you’re bringing a board with a wide nose or 20.5” or more in width, I’d recommend checking out a fish/hybrid bag from CI which they call their "Specialty" bag.