Transporting a paddle board
Billy Lush

Transporting a Paddle Board

How Heavy is a Paddle Board?

We hear this question around our shop all the time, and for good reason.  Learning to paddle board is one thing. Transporting your board from your house or apartment to a body of water requires a different skill set. Do you intend to store your board exclusively on a dock or in the water? Consider for a moment a few underlying concerns that prompt the common question. “How Heavy is a Paddle Board?”

  1. Will it be difficult for me to carry my paddle board to the water?
  2. How difficult will it be for me to put my paddle board on top of my vehicle?

Providing the exact weight of a particular paddle board is simple and unambiguous. But, the figure itself sheds little light on the actual nature of carrying and transporting a paddle board.  What if I tell you that most paddle boards worth owning weigh about 25 – 30lbs? It’s probably hard for you to imagine exactly what that feels like. I could go on to say that an average paddle board weighs about the same as a full set of golf clubs. Or a medium-sized suitcase full of clothes. But, a paddleboard has a much different size and shape than either of those two items. So we’re still left without an adequate answer to the fundamental question. How hard is this going to be for me to cart this thing around?

Billy Lush Board Shop

At the Billy Lush Board Shop, we have an answer for you. What is the best way to educate our customers on the practical requirements of carrying and transporting a paddle board? It is to simply put a paddle board in someone’s hand and allow them to feel the object themselves. This is the most accurate answer we can give someone. It allows for variation in each individual’s perception of “heavy” and “light.”  Customers who had never picked up paddle board before finding it to be lighter than what they anticipated.  Beyond a simple heft of the board, we’re happy to walk our customers through the process of securing a board to a vehicle.  It takes a little practice. But, once you have the right tools and the confidence to replicate the process, the sky’s the limit for your paddling adventures.

If you’ve been considering owning a paddle board but have questions about its weight or how to transport it, please come see us!  900 Volunteer Landing Lane, Downtown Knoxville.