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A while back we told you exactly how to avoid being robbed while out surfing. As a followup, here's a guide to prevent surfboard theft outside of the water. After scratching for bombs all morning, the last thing you're thinking about is your board as you take that first bite into a carne asada burrito. Unfortunately, somebody else my have noticed your board while you were inhaling horchata.
First off, here are some tips for simple day to day board storage that'll improve your odds of detering a thief:
Here's why... First, you want to keep your board out of UV light anyways to keep it bright white and prolong the integrity of the fiberglass. Second, thieves do their homework before they jack your board. They'll watch you put your board away and note whether you have a locking garage or not. If you leave your garage door released from the opening mechanism, a 12yo could get into your garage. I would know, They got my wetsuit AND board about 7 years ago. We keep it engaged and locked ALWAYS. Side yards, balconies, backyards... that's a cakewalk once they see you've left your house.
Certain post-surf grub spots are well known for being frequented by surfers. Thieves know that you're not even thinking about your board. If you park around the corner, you're a bigger target. Park where you can at least get a running start if someone tries to swipe your stick.
Those are just common sense practices. The next list covers smart gadgets to NEVER get your board stolen.
These are just a few options to up your security on your prized surfboard. If you can't afford to beef up your anti-theft rig, then just follow the suggestions in the beginning of this article when it comes to common safe practices for storing your board. Don't give the public the benefit of the doubt, the one time you're wrong will cost you your board.