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2017 Airline Surfboard Boardbag Fee Guide For Surfers

“I’m preparing to get bent over by luggage fees but no way I’m surfing on strange boards.”
~ Steven W from Soda Springs on his way to Mexico.

*Last updated September 2017

Paying surfboard baggage fees sucks!

Welcome to the 2017 Airline Surfboard Boardbag Fee Guide For Surfers.

Every year we contact all the airlines and find out how much they are going to charge us for taking along our sleds to far-away destinations. I got sick of getting burned by the airlines and wanted to do something about it so we created this list of baggage fees and we ask for your help to keep it up-to-date (together we are stringer).

We do this as a service to you, the traveling surfer. 

This is what we always look for in an airline. Great work KLM.

Surfboards Fly Free KLM

indexSurfer Friendly Bro Airline

Most of the following airlines include a surfboard as part of your regular bag allowance and let that sled fly for FREE. These are our preferred ‘surfer friendly bro airline’ airlines and we recommend that you travel with them. You might have to pay a little more to book your ticket but it’s better than paying an extra $400-$600 to take your quiver both ways.

  • Alaska (NEW ’17 free in place of check-in)
  • KLM
  • Virgin (Europe)
  • Interjet (Mexico)
  • Qantas (Australia)
  • South Africa (duh)
  • Air New Zealand
  • Singapore

There are a few airlines that charge a nominal fee for your boardbag, I don’t mind paying that . . . free is better but nominal is almost as good. I have been flying Alaska to Cabo (see our surf travel guide to Cabo) for the last few years and they charge between $50-$75 for a stuffed to the rim boardbag. Thank you Alaska Airlines for keeping it real.

You Kinda Suck Airline

The following is the list of ‘you kinda suck’ airlines and charge over $100 each way, which in this day of age doesn’t seem that bad but still kinda sucks cause all those golf dudes usually give their club on for free.

  • American
  • Continental
  • Hawaii Air
  • Avianca (TACA) – (Taca opened my bags in 2015 and counted the boards, cost $145 one way)
  • United

Kook Airline

The following is the list of ‘ kook’ airlines and charge over $150 each way—nobody likes a kook in the water and especially one that is taking money from your pocket.

  • Delta
  • Iberia
  • Japan Air
  • Lufthansa
  • US Air (reader Jim says they unzipped and counted his board and charged him $150 each).
  • Northwest

Daddy Warbucks Money

The following is the  list for surfers that have ‘daddy warbucks money’. Unfortunately I’ve been caught by both Swiss Air and Thai Air personally. On Thai Air I had three boards in my bag coming back from Bali ($150 x 3) and they charged me some ridiculous tax on top of the $450. Can you imagine? I will NEVER fly Thai Air again and I hope that this list will prevent you from getting caught with your pants down.

  • Alitalia $260
  • Emirates $300
  • Swiss Air $250
  • Thai Air $150 Per Board (yes, they open the bag and count)
  • United $200
  • All Nippon $300

bend-overBend You Over Airline

We have a new category called the bend you over airline. If you are a surfer traveling with your boards on this plane, you had better have lots of cash, a rich mama or a jar of KY with you.

  • Qatar Airways ($1750)

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We’d be stoked if you added a Wave Tribe travel gear to your trip—we make awesome travel boardbags with the most padding in the industry made from hemp (no you can’t smoke the bags). Go out there and see the world and surf some epic waves.

 

~Derek, Wave Tribe Founder & Your Boardbag Bitch

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P.S. Sign this rad petition for Surfers Against Discriminatory Airline Surfboard Fees.

2017 Airline Surfboard Boardbag Fee Guide For Surfers

Airline: Aer Lingus

Surfboard Fee: €30 or €40

Website: www.aerlingus.com
Telephone:

  • US 1(516)-622-4222
  • Ireland + 353 0818-365000
  • UK +44 0871-718-5000
  • France +33 08-2123-0267

Specifications: For flights between Ireland and North America surfboard is part of the free allowance, normal excess baggage rates apply if the passenger carries excess to the free allowance.

There is no charge for Surf Boards for passengers traveling in Business class.

Specifications & Fees

  • €30 ($40) payable online prior to departure
  • €40 ($55) payable at the airport on the day of departure.
  • This fee is charged each-way on outbound and return journeys.

*Please contact Reservations Department in order to book your bags in advance.

[box type=”info” size=”large” style=”rounded”]Please note that Surf Boards must not exceed 9’0 ft (277 cm) in length and must be packed in cushioning material such as bubble wrapping so as to protect them against damage. On regional flights, surfboards must not exceed 6’7 ft (205 cm).[/box]

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Airline: Aeroflot

Surfboard Fee: Free – $150.

Website: http://www.aeroflot.ru/cms/en
Telephone:

  • US 1(868)-879-7647 (free for US)
  • Russia +7 (495) 223-55-55
  • UK +44 080-0026-0033 (free for UK).

Specifications & Fees

  • $100 (€50) for 50lbs – 70lbs (23 kg – 32 kg)
  • $150 (€100) for 70lbs – 99lbs (32 kg – 45 kg)
  • $100 (€100) for 5’5ft – 6’6ft (158 cm to 203 cm)
  • $150 or €150 more than 6’6ft (203 cm)
  • $50 or €50 Extra Piece (Second piece)
  • $150 or €150 Third and any additional piece
[box type=”info” size=”large” style=”rounded”]Exception: Surfboards up to 5’5 ft (168cm) will be considered as one regular baggage piece for any service class, provided that the total weight of the items does not exceed 50 lbs (23kg).[/box]

Notes:

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Airline: Aerolineas Argentinas

Surfboard Fee: Undetermined.

Website: http://www.aerolineas.com.ar
Telephone: U.S. 1(800)-333-0276 / 1(800)-688-0008. Email reserve@us.aerolineas.aero
Europe (Germany tel.) +49 69-2999-2678. Email aerolineas@arcor.de

Specifications & Fees

  • Surfing gear is not part of the free allowance.
  • One checked surfboard will be charged.

Notes: Please contact airline for more info.

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Airline: Aero Mexico

Surfboard Fee: $40 or $50

Website: www.aeromexico.com
Telephone:

  • US & Canada 1(800)-237-6639
  • Mexico +52 51-33-40-00
  • UK +44 0-800-977-5533.
  • France +33 0800-916-754.

Specifications & Fees

$40 if purchased by phone reservation. $50 if purchased at airport.
*Fee is applied per board bag, up to three surfboards per bag.

[box type=”info” size=”large” style=”rounded”]Maximum length 9’0 ft[/box]

Notes: We recommend that you call Aero Mexico to confirm surfboard fees, and make sure to get the name of the person you’re speaking to. Why? Some of our bros have been charged $65 by airline staff at airport check-in, and after they mention phone conversation and employee’s name, they change it to $50 (original fee). They’ll often try to trick you!

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Airline: AirAsia

Surfboard Fee: Vary from the airport you fly.

Website: http://www.airasia.com
Telephone: Malaysia +60 085-9999.

Specifications & Fees

“Must be packed in a recognized surfboard bag weighing not more than 44lbs (on its own). Anything in excess of 44lbs will attract Excess Baggage Fee at the prevailing rate of the airport.

[box type=”info” size=”large” style=”rounded”]Must not exceed 9ft.[/box]

Notes: none at this time.

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Airline: Air Berlin

Surfboard Fee: €50 to €120 (depending on short/medium/long-haul)

Website: http://www.airberlin.com
Telephone:

  • US 1(800)-266-5588
  • Germany +49 030-3434-3434
  • France +33 0826-96-73 78
  • UK +44 0-871-5000-737

Specifications & Fees

Surfboard must be packed in soft case or similar.

Notes: Since the space available in the cargo hold is limited, we recommend that you register your baggage well in advance. Surfboards and other sports equipment must be registered 48 hours before departure.

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Airline: Air Canada

Surfboard Fee: $50

Website: www.aircanada.com
Telephone:

Specifications & Fees

The handling charge is $50 (plus tax), it applies per surfboard to one-way flights and for each way of travel on round-trip and multi-segment flight. Max length 6’6 ft (203 cm).

Notes: *Two handling fees apply for two (2) surfboards packed in the same container. Air Canada is not liable if and to the extent that any damage results from the inherent defect, quality or vice of the baggage.

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Airline: Air China

Surfboard Fee: 1.5% of your fare. Typical fight to China is around $1000, so you’d be paying over $150.

Website: http://www.airchina.com
Telephone: US & Canada 1(800)-882-8122.

Specifications & Fees

Maximum weight allowed is 50 pounds beyond which the normal flight charge for extra baggage is applicable—if you ride a board smaller than 5′ then it goes free. Everything else is calculated based on your ticket price of 1.5% surcharge.

Notes:

  • 08/15- Wave Tribe FB friend Mary reports: “China Air LAX to Bali $150 per board and they open the bag and feel the rails. 4’10 grom board- same price”

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Airline: Air Europa

Surfboard Fee: €150

Website: http://www.aireuropa.com
Telephone:

  • US 1(800)-238-7672
  • Spain +34 902-401-501

Specifications & Fees

SURFING EQUIPMENT (windsurf, surf board and kit surf )Surf equipment may consist of a surf board, mast, sail or a surf board or kite or parachute, a bar and a board. Surfing equipment is not included in the baggage allowance. For each equipment checked-in a charge of €150 will be applied per one way.

Notes: none at this time.

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Airline: Air France

Surfboard Fee: $55 to $150

Website: www.airfrance.com
Telephone:

  • US 1(800)-992-3932
  • France +33 (0)9 69-39-0215
  • UK +44 0871-66-33-777

Specifications & Fees

[box type=”alert” size=”large” style=”rounded”]Cannot exceed 50 lbs.[/box]

If the length of your surfboard is between 107 and 300 cm (42″ and 9’8 ft), 23 kg (50 lb) maximum per board, you must purchase an additional baggage allowance at the airport, determined according to your trip:

  • €55 ($75) on flights departing from a country outside the Europe,zone 1.
  • €55 ($55) on flights departing from a country outside the Europe, zone 2.
  • €100 ($150) on flights departing from a country within the Europe, zone 3.
  • €100 ($100) on flights departing from a country within the Europe, zone 4.
  • Check out zones.
[box type=”info” size=”large” style=”rounded”]Notes: Surfboards and  long-boards can be transported in the hold with prior authorization by phone from our sales department.[/box]

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Airline: Air India

Surfboard Fee: $200

Website: http://www.airindia.com/index.htm
Telephone: US & Canada 1(800)-223-7776.
Email: eCommerce@airindia.in

Specifications & Fees

The will be charged 50% of the excess baggage charge. Such kit can be pooled in the Free Baggage Allowance but only 1 per passenger. Excess weight due to additional kit shall be charged as an extra piece.

[box type=”alert” size=”large” style=”rounded”]More than 23 kgs up to 32 kgs (51-70 lbs) – USD 100.00 per piece. 3rd and each additional piece upto 50 lbs – USD 200.00 between India and US.[/box]

Notes: Golfing Kit/Surf Boarding equipment – The will be charged 50% of the excess baggage charge. Such kit can be pooled in the Free Baggage Allowance but only 1 per passenger. Excess weight due to additional kit shall be charged as an extra piece.

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Air New Zealand Surfboard Bag FeeAirline: Air New Zealand

Surfboard Fee: Free (but only if you meet their requirements)

Website: www.airnewzealand.com
Telephone:

  • US 1(800)-262-1234
  • Baggage Services 1(866)-767-2247
  • New Zealand +64 0800-737-000.
  • UK +44 0800-028-4149
  • France +33 0800-90-77-12.

Specifications & Fees

Free as part of your baggage limit but if its exceeds that the charge is $150 (first bag) or $200 (second bag) for flights originating from USA. Two surfboards can be taken in a single bag.

Notes: Please note there is a maximum weight restriction of 32kg (70lbs) per item and 2 meters (6’5 ft) long.

Please contact airline prior to trip for more information.

[box type=”alert” size=”large” style=”rounded”]Wave Tribe bro Grant comments: “Air New Zealand charged me $200 on a flight from Auckland to Toronto, Canada. I was not happy as Air New Zealand never used to charge. I complained but they say this is something new. Board bag was a standard 2m or 6’6 length.[/box]

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Airline: Air Pacific (Fiji Airlines)

Surfboard Fee: $50 to $100

Website: www.airpacific.com
Telephone:

Specifications & Fees

  • $50, flights to all destinations (except US/Canada, to and from Australia).
  • $100, flights to US/Canada, to and  from Australia

Notes: These charges apply to surfboards exceeding 158cm (5’1 ft) but not exceeding 277cm (9’0 ft) in total dimension, at a maximum weight of 23kg (50lbs).

Links: http://www.fijiairways.com/flight-information/excess-oversized-baggage/

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Air Tahiti Nui Board Bags Free to TahitiAirline: Air Tahiti Nui

Surfboard Fee: Free

Website: www.airtahitinui.com
Telephone:

  • US 1 (877)-824-4846
  • UK  44 (0) 870-0660-2050
  • France +33 08-2502-4202.

Specifications & Fees

[box type=”alert” size=”large” style=”rounded”]Must be under 50 lbs and 98 inches.[/box]

One board bag allowed free of charge. If it does not exceed 50 lbs (23kg) maximum weight and 8’2 ft (250cm) maximum length.

Notes: In all cases the second piece and/or adding another item of sporting equipment, are subject to published Excess Baggage Charges (Extra Piece/Oversize and/or over weight as applicable)

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Airline:  AirTran Airways

Surfboard Fee: $50

Website: http://www.airtran.com
Telephone: US 1(800)-247-8726 or 1(866)-247-2428.

Specifications & Fees

Surfboards will be accepted for a fee of $50 per item each way when packed in a case designed to prevent damage to surfboards and only upon completion of a Limited Release Tag.

Notes: none.

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Airline: Air Transat

Surfboard Fee: CA $100 per flight segment

Website: http://www.airtransat.com/
Telephone: 1(866)-255-4871
Email: cbagages@airtransat.com

Specifications & Fees

Dimensions: Maximum 3.65 m (12 feet) long, Weight:Maximum 32 kg (70 lb.)

Notes: none.

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Airline: Alaska Airlines

Surfboard Fee: $40-$75

Website: www.alaskaair.com
Telephone:

  • US/Canada 1(800)-252-7522
  • UK +44 800-2527-5200
  • France +33 800-2527-5200.

Specifications & Fees

[box type=”alert” size=”large” style=”rounded”]One item (two boards per case) may be included as a checked bag[/box]

I have always had a great experience flying with Alaska, several times stuffing 3-4 boards in one bag and they never hassled me. One of the most friendly surfer airlines I have flown.

We are allowed to fly with two surfboards inside one board bag, 118″ in length (9’8 ft) and pay oversize baggage fee of $75. The 115″ linear measurement, as stated at website, applies for other sporting equipment, not for surfboards. Please mention this to Alaska Air staff at the airport.

[box type=”info” size=”large” style=”rounded”]Notes: Alaska Airlines will accept surfboards as checked baggage provided each piece is properly packed in a soft or hard sided case designed specifically for it.[/box]

*Update 8/17: WT FB bro Vinnie P. says “Prices recently dropped on Alaska, check website. Big savings.”

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Airline: Alitalia

Surfboard Fee: $75 to $260 (depending on destination)

Website: http://www.alitalia.com/
Email: customer.relationsNYC@alitalia.it
Telephone:

  • US 1(800)-223-5730
  • Italy +39 06-65640
  • France +33 (0) 1-44-94-44 05.

Specifications & Fees

Surfboard must be 6’5 to 9’8 ft (200-300 cm) and less than 50 lbs (32 kg).

Notes: Depending on the size of the aircraft, surf and windsurf boards may not be accepted on board. Because of the variety of sizes of this type of surfboards, please contact Alitalia before booking/checking in. Please note that for the check-in and shipping of a surfboard you must:

  • Declare this item when you book your flight and, should you take a connecting flight on another carrier, get approval from this carrier; otherwise it will only be accepted on the Alitalia flight.
  • Check in for your flight at least an hour before departure.
  • Make sure the surfboard is properly packaged in containers or wrapped to protect it during loading and unloading.

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Airline: All Nippon Airways

Surfboard Fee: $150 or $300

Website: http://www.ana.co.jp/asw/wws/us/e/
Telephone: US & Canada 1(800)-235-9262.

Specifications & Fees

Within 50 pounds the price is $150 or $300 depending on the size:

  • between 50-70 pounds-additional $30;
  • between 70-110 pounds-additional $150;
  • over 110 pounds, $300.

Notes: Limit length permitted: 9.5 ft

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Airline: American Airlines

Surfboard Fee: $150

Website: www.aa.com
Telephone:

  • US 1(800)-433-7300
  • UK +44 (0)844-499-7300
  • France +33 0826-460-950.

Specifications & Fees

[box type=”alert” size=”large” style=”rounded”] No bags greater than 126 inches allowed. For travel to, through or from Brazil the boards must be under 108 inches and your first board is $42.50—additional surfboards are $85.[/box]

Surfboard fee, $150 regardless of the number of checked bags. Lightweight surfboards packaged in a single bag that weighs less than 70 lbs. will be accepted as a single surfboard for charging purposes. Maximum weight and size: 70 lbs and 10’5 ft. Acceptance conditional on aircraft size and load factors.

Notes: For travel through, to and from Brazil, surfboard charge for first board checked is $37.50; any additional surfboards are charged $75..

*Update 9/2015- Wave Tribe’s FB friend Cindy said “American Airlines charged my husband $200 one way for his surfboard and it was a Harbour Pope bisect (a board that comes in two pieces). It was within the size limits of a regular bag and just because it was a “surfboard” they charged him. We won’t make that mistake again. Not surfer friendly!”

*Update 11/2015- Wave Tribe FB bro Eddie said “American Airlines actually charges you $150 each way for a board bag under 70 lbs. Pretty lame.”

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Airline: American Eagle

Surfboard Fee: $150

Website: http://www.aa.com/
Telephone: 1-800-535-5225

Specifications & Fees

$150 regardless of the number of checked bags.Lightweight surfboards packaged in a single bag that weighs less than 70 lbs. will be accepted as a single surfboard for charging purposes.

Through and from Brazil: Surfboard charge for first board checked is $37.50; any additional surfboards are charged $75.00.

Notes: Maximum weight and size: 70lbs and 10.5 ft long.

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Airline:  Asiana Airlines

Surfboard Fee: Complicated

Website: http://us.flyasiana.com/
Telephone: US 1(800)-227-4262.

Specifications & Fees

Depends on the route you are traveling and the departure city. No cost if this is within the limits of the free baggage policy. Bag should not exceed 6’6 ft and 70 lbs.

Notes: Talk about complicated policy.

  • Americas Routes
    • 1. Tickets issued from July 1, 2012
      • When the total weight of baggage including the equipment does not exceed the free baggage allowance, no extra charges are applied.
      • When the free baggage allowance is exceeded, the excess baggage charge per piece is applied.
      • No fee will be charged for baggage that exceeds the size limit.
      • But baggage that exceeds the weight limit of 23 kg will be charged an excess weight fee.
    • 2. Tickets issued before July 1, 2012
      • Transportation is free of charge when the baggage including golf equipment does not exceed the free baggage allowance.
      • When the free baggage allowance is exceeded, 33% of the applicable excess baggage charge is applied.
  • Non-Americas Routes
    1. 1. If you plan to board before March 1, 2015
      • When the total weight of baggage including the equipment does not exceed the free baggage allowance, no extra charges are applied.
      • When the free baggage allowance is exceeded, the lower amount between the excess baggage charge for 3kg and the regular excess baggage charge for the weight exceeding the free baggage allowance is applied.
    2. 2. If you plan to board after March 1, 2015
      • you will have no extra baggage transportation fee to pay when the total weight of your baggage, including ski equipment, does not exceed the free baggage allowance.
      • When the free baggage allowance is exceeded, you will be charged either the excess baggage charge calculated according to the following Extra Charge System, or the regular excess baggage charge applied to the weight exceeding the free baggage allowance, whichever is lower.
      • Extra Charge System
        • For ski equipment weighing 12kg or less, the regular excess baggage charge for 3kg over is applied.
        • For ski equipment over 12kg, the weight up to 12kg is calculated as 3kg over, and the weight over 12kg is added to the 3kg to calculate the total excess baggage charge.

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Airline: Atlantic Southeast – ExpressJet

Surfboard Fee: Undetermined.

Website: http://www.flyasa.com/
Telephone:

  • US 1(404)-856-1000
  • Please try Customer Relations (404)-856-1433

Specifications & Fees

Information not available on the website and no one taking the call.

Notes: You can follow their partners’ baggage policies. Delta, United, and American Airlines.

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Airline: Austrian Airlines

Surfboard Fee: $70 to $150

Website: http://www.austrian.com
Telephone: US 1(800)-843-0002. Austria +43 (0)5 1766 1000.

Specifications & Fees

  • Up t0 2 meters in length (6.5 ft).
  • Flights within Europe and 3rd countries: €50 or $70 (USD/CAD)
  • Intercontinental flights: €100 or $150 (USD/CAD)

Notes: try the beer.

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Airline: Avianca (TACA)

Surfboard Fee: $100-$150

Website: http://www.avianca.com/
Telephone: 1 (800)-284-2622
Email: e_solutions@centrosolucionavianca.com

Specifications & Fees

  • They can allow only three boards and it will cost $100 (Cost may vary depending on the destinations)
  • The maximum height they can allow is 12 feet and should be under 70 pounds”
[box type=”alert” size=”large” style=”rounded”]Notes: From Wave Tribe bro, “Dinged and damaged surfboards. No acknowledgement whatsoever from airline. Please make sure to pack and protect surfboards thoroughly.”[/box]

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Airline: Bahamas Air

Surfboard Fee: $65

Website: www.bahamasair.com
Telephone: US 1 (800)-222-4262. Bahamas 1(242)-702-4140.

Specifications & Fees

Treated as a checked bag, the first bag is free. One board per bag. For international flights:

  • if it’s over 50 lbs and under 70, or if it’s over 6.2
  • it’s $75.If it’s over 70 lbs but under 100
  • it’s $125. If it’s over 62″ and 70 lbs, it’s $150.
  • For domestic flights & Turks and Caicos, if it’s over 62″ but under 44 lbs, it’s $65.
[box type=”info” size=”large” style=”rounded”] Can’t exceed 100 lbs.[/box]

Notes: enjoy the warm water.

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Airline: Blue Panorama Airlines

Surfboard Fee: € 100

Website: http://www.blue-panorama.it/en/index.html
Telephone: Calling outside of Italy +39 06-98-95-66-77. Italy 06-98-95-66-66.
Email:
backoffice@bluepanorama.com

Specifications & Fees

100 Euros per flight for each surf equipment and snowboard on international flights of the Carrier’s towards Africa, the East, the Caribbean and the Americas, plus, in general, for all intercontinental flights.

Notes: enjoy the pizza.

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Airline: British Airways

Surfboard Fee: Free to $60*

Website: www.britishairways.com
Telephone:

  • US 1(800)-247-9297
  • UK +44 0844-493-0787
  • France +33 (0) 825-825-400.

Specifications & Fees

B.A. will accept surfboards as checked baggage providing they do not exceed the maximum weight restrictions for checked baggage and are packed in a recognized bag or case to safeguard against damage.

  • The bag containing the board can be up to a maximum size of 6’2 ft (190cm).
  • Bags weighing more than 51 lb (23 kg) may incur a heavy bag charge ($60).
[box type=”info” size=”large” style=”rounded”]Notes: Our Wave Tribe bro Maurice comments: The worst is, BA won’t allow longboards.[/box]

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Airline: Cathay Pacific

Surfboard Fee: Undetermined*

Website: www.cathaypacific.com
Telephone:

  • US 1(800)-233-2742
  • Hong Kong +852 2747-1888
  • UK +44 0-20-8834-8888.

Specifications & Fees

Free of charge unless it exceeds weight and length, then fees are applied per kilogram.

Notes: Surfboards are subject to the applicable standard excess baggage charges if in excess of your standard free baggage allowance. Acceptance of any bag over 70 lbs (32kg) or over 6’0 ft (203cm) is subject to prior approval and notification upon booking/reservation.

[box type=”info” size=”large” style=”rounded”]Please contact airline prior to purchasing ticket, for more information.[/box]

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Notes

*9/2015- Wave Tribe Bro Heb said “Hi, Just got back from Australia flying with Cathay Pacific. Looked into getting a 9ft board back to the UK as extra baggage. They wanted 60 US Dollars per kilo! Say conservatively the total weight would be 10kg that’s 600 US dollars on top of the price of the board. Needless to say it didn’t happen.
Great site.”

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Airline: China Eastern Airlines or Shanghai Airlines

Surfboard Fee: Undetermined.

Website: http://us.ceair.com/

Telephone:

  • U.S.  Los Angeles 1(310)-744-8999, 1-626-583-1500. New York 1(212)-685-8685.
  • Paris +33 144860300
  • London +44 207 935 2676
  • China, Shanghai 95530 021-95530

Specifications & Fees

Notes: Please contact airline for more info.

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Airline: China Southern

Surfboard Fee: Undetermined.

Website: http://www.csair.com
Telephone: U.S. 1(888)-338-8988, direct call 1(323)-653-8088

Specifications & Fees

NA. Please contact airline.

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Airline: Condor

Surfboard Fee: $65 to $98

Website: http://www.condor.com
Telephone:

  • US 1(866)-960-7915
  • Rest of the world & Germany +49 (0) 6171-6988920.
  • Email: condorkb@condor.com

Specifications & Fees

  • $65 one-way-short/medium haul flights.
  • $98 one-way/long haul flights.

Notes: Up to 66 lbs (30 kg). Max. dimensions: 13 ft (400cm) length x 27″ (70 cm) width x 21″ (55 cm) height*.

  • Comprising 1 surfboard (+ 1 mast + 1 sail or 1 board + 1 kite.)
  • Dimension details must be indicated to establish whether and how the item can be carried.
  • Charge does not apply to bodyboards/boogie boards.

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Airline: COPA

Surfboard Fee: $50 to $75

Website: www.copaair.com
Telephone: US 1(800)-359-2672. Panama +507 304-2672.

Specifications & Fees

  • Surfboards or surfboard bags measuring more than 9’5 ft (292 cm) in length will not be accepted as checked baggage on Copa Airlines flights.
  • Bags containing surfboards weighing more than 70 lb (32 kg) will not be accepted as checked bags.
  • $75 per trip, per bag (two boards per board bag allowed).
  • ($50 to and from Costa Rica and Brazil)

Notes: Copa Airlines will transport a maximum of two surfboards, packed in the same bag, per passenger. Any additional boards must be checked as cargo. Please contact airline for more information, prior to purchasing ticket to reserve space for luggage.

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Airline: Corsairfly

Surfboard Fee: Undetermined.

Website: http://www.corsairfly.com
Telephone:

  • U.S. 1(800)-677-0720
  • France +33 1 7039-2210.

Specifications & Fees

NA. Please contact airline.

Notes:

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Airline: Delta Airlines

Surfboard Fee: $100 to $150.

Website: http://www.delta.com/
Telephone:

  • US 1(404)-209-3434
  • UK +44 871-221-1222
  • Brazil +55 0800-761-7070
  • Spain +34 902-810-872.

Specifications & Fees

$150 (€105) traveling to all regions (excluding Brazil). $100 traveling to/from Brazil.

Delta Connection carrier surfboard acceptance and charges may vary. Please contact airline for more information.

  • Surfboards are allowed up to two boards per bag.
  • Bags over 70 lbs. will be charged the excess weight fee ($125 – $200).
  • Between Honolulu and Maui, there is a $20 fee.
  • Surfboards over 9’5 ft are not allowed.

Notes: Please be advised, between Honolulu and Maui, there is a $20 fee.

*12/21 Update: Wave Tribe bro Robert says “It looks like Delta Airlines changed their size restriction from a max length of 9’5″ to linear dimensions: Linear dimension (length + width + height) cannot exceed 115 inches (292 cm). We recently has a customer that was refused when she tried to check in a 9’2 board on Delta from Honolulu to France. This was possible before for $150. Now you can only take shortboards, even a small longboard or SUP will be too big for this linear dimension measurement.”

 

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Airline: Easyjet

Surfboard Fee: $20-$50

Website: http://www.easyjet.com/
Telephone: UK +44 0843-104-5000.France +33 0820-420-315. Rest of the world +44 843 104 5454.
Email: customer.service@easyjet.com

Specifications & Fees

Easyjet people say “Buying weight allowance for sporting goods gives you a 12kg extra weight allowance. You must be traveling with sports equipment (as listed in the booking process), although the exact weight distribution between items doesn’t matter. For example: One passenger traveling buys a bag and an additional sporting allowance. This gives an allowance of 2 items (which must include 1 sporting item), at a total weight of 5o lbs (32kg). However, if the sporting item is 40 lbs (18kg) and the bag is 30 lbs (14kg) then that’s fine with us!

Two passengers are traveling with one hold bag and two pieces of sports equipment. This gives an allowance of 3 items (which must include 2 sporting items), at a total weight of 97 lbs (44kg). The exact distribution of weight between baggage items doesn’t matter, subject to the maximum weights detailed above for health and safety reasons.”

Notes: You can usually add a surfboard to your ticket fir a reasonable price.

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Airline: El Al

Surfboard Fee: $70

Website: http://www.elal.co.il/elal/english/states/general/
Telephone: U.S. 1(800)-223-6700.
Email: baggageclaims@elalusa.com

Specifications & Fees

Surfboards can be flown as part of your baggage allowance.

  • Up t0 33 lbs, 4.6ft: $70.
  • Between 35-70 lbs, 4.6 to 6.6ft: ($70 Europe. $210 rest of the world.)
  • Between 71-110 lbs, 6.6 to 9ft: $210.

Notes: where you going?

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Airline: Egyptair

Surfboard Fee: Surfboards not allowed. They need to go as cargo.

Website: http://www.egyptair.com
Telephone: US 1(212)-581-5600. UK +44 0844-822-1110. France +33 1-4494-8500.

Specifications & Fees

If you are carrying special sporting items EGYPTAIR applies special excess baggage rates to these items.

The following special baggage will be checked as cargo and should not be packed in sporting travel cases:

Bike-Tandem, Bulk baggage, Hang Gliders ,Kayaks, Surfboard 🙁

Notes: check out the temples,

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Airline: Emirates

Surfboard Fee: Emirates the policy in 2015. It is now a maximum of 300cm on the L + W + H
If you are more than that , your board bag will have to go directly on fret.

Website: www.emirates.com
Telephone: US 1(800)-777-3999. UK +44 844-800-2777. France +33 (0)1-5732-4999.

Specifications & Fees

Emirates will accept surfboards, as checked baggage and part of your standard baggage allowance, provided they are less than 10’0 ft (300cm) in length.
For surfboards, the following precautions must be taken:
– Fins should always be removed, or, if they cannot be removed, should be firmly packed with polystyrene foam.
– Both nose and tail should have bubble-wrap or neoprene foam attached for protection.
– The rails (sides of the board) should have cardboard down the sides to absorb shock.
– The board should be packed in a properly padded surf-bag.

Notes:
*Wave Tribe bro Joao comments: I already traveled a few times with Emirates and also on Singapore, and they are fully free and recommendable. About the Board sizes, never had any problem with Singapore or Emirates.

*08/15 Wave Tribe bro Yen reports that on his trip from Europe to Indo “emirates up to 30Kg surfboards free.”

Links: http://www.emirates.com/au/english/plan_book/essential_information/baggages/extra_checked_baggage_allowances.aspx

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Etihad Airways Board Bags Free to TahitiAirline: Etihad Airways

Surfboard Fee: Free

Website: http://www.etihadairways.com
Telephone: US 1(877)- 690-0767. UK +44 845-6081225

Specifications & Fees

Eithad Airways state that a surfboard would be free of charge as long as:

  • The surfboard is no longer than 3 meters (9’8 ft)
  • Weight of total baggage does not exceed 30 kg (66 pounds)

Notes: Please contact airline before flight.

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Airline: EVA Air

Surfboard Fee: Undetermined.

Website: http://www.evaair.com
Telephone: US & Canada 1(800)-695-1188. UK +44 20-7380-8300. France +33 1-4143-9111. Taiwan +886 3-3510022.

Specifications & Fees

The baggage allowance depends on airport and destination. Two allowance systems are in use. Different regulations and charges apply to special baggage, e.g. golf clubs, surfboards, windsurfing equipment etc. Please contact EVA AIR reservations 24 hours prior to your departure.

[box type=”info” style=”rounded” border=”full”]Notes: Please be very cautious when traveling with your surfboard with Eva Air. They might give you confusing information and charge you more than the established fees. On the phone they will give you an amount to pay, and on airport another one on top of that.[/box]

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Airline: ExpressJet

Surfboard Fee: $150 (Approx.)

Website: http://www.expressjet.com/
Telephone: US 1(404)-856-1000. Customer Relations 1(404)-856-1433.

Specifications & Fees

Express jet operates on behalf of continental airlines and United Airlines, so the baggage rules applies by Continental and United. Surfboards are allowed but for certain costs.

Notes: none.

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Airline: Finnair

Surfboard Fee: $0 to $200

Website: http://www.finnair.com
Telephone: US 1(800)-950-5000. Finland & Europe +358 600-140-140.
Email: info@finnair.com

Specifications & Fees

Surfboards with a maximum length of 190 cm (6’2 ft) and maximum weight of 23 kg (50 lbs) are considered standard baggage.

  • If the baggage allowance does not exceed, no extra charge applies.
  • If a surfboard exceeds the maximum measurements 190 cm x 75 cm x 65 cm (6’2ft x 29″ x 25″), a charge of €150 or $200 USD/CAD is collected at the airport.
  • For carrying windsurfing boards, canoes and kayaks, an extra charge of €150 or $200 USD/CAD is always collected at the airport.

Notes: surfing in Finland?

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Airline: First Choice Airways

Surfboard Fee: £35 to £60

Website: http://www.firstchoice.co.uk/
Telephone: UK +44 0871-200-7799 or +44 0871-231-4691
Email: 24-7@firstchoice.co.uk

Specifications & Fees

For Surfboards/Windsurfers/Kitesurfers/Paragliders/Canoes.

  • Short haul – £35 return
  • Mid haul – £45 return
  • Long haul – £60 return

Notes: none.

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Airline: Frontier Airlines

Surfboard Fee: $20-$75

Website: http://www.frontierairlines.com/
Telephone: US & Canada 1(800)-432-1359.

Specifications & Fees

$20 up to 11 feet and 50 lbs overweight charges $75. Cannot exceed 99lbs. Some checked items, such as surfboards will be charged a fixed handling fee because of size, fragility, or other handling requirements while others may be checked in lieu of one of your checked bags. If you plan to travel with a surfboard, please contact Frontier Airlines directly to confirm packing regulations and fees. The following limits for length apply based on aircraft type:

  • Airbus 319/320: 15 ft
  • Airbus 318: 11 ft
  • Embraer 190: 8 ft
  • Limited liability, unless packaged in a hard-sided case.

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Airline: Garuda Indonesia

Free within the limits of free baggage policy.

Website: http://www.garuda-indonesia.com/
Telephone: US 1(800)-342-7832. Call Center at +62 80-4180-7807 (Within Indonesia region only) or +62 21-2351-9999.
Email: lax@garudana.com

Specifications & Fees

All Sporting Equipments, including but not limited to Golfing, Surfboard, Bicycle and Skiing equipments maybe included into applicable passengers Free Baggage Allowance/FBA according to their actual fare paid. Important to notify the airline 24 hours before your take off.

[box type=”info” style=”rounded” border=”full”]Notes: Maximum weight permitted 33lbs (15 kilo).[/box]

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Airline: GOL

Surfboard Fee: Undetermined.

Website: http://www.voegol.com
Telephone: US & Canada 1(855)-862-9190. Other countries +598 2403-8007 (24 hrs, Uruguay tel.)

Specifications & Fees

Surfboards, bodyboards, skateboards, skis, bowling balls and other equipment must be transported inside cases designed for their transportation or in their original packaging. Balls must be deflated. If equipment is not appropriately packaged according to the stipulations listed above, airline employees are authorized to refuse to transport the items.

[box type=”info” size=”large” style=”rounded”]Note: Baggage whose linear measurements exceed 158 cm (5.2 ft) or weigh more than 32 kg (70 lbs.) per item will not be accepted, not even as excess baggage. [/box]

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Airline: Gulf Air

Surfboard Fee: NA

Website: http://www.gulfair.com
Telephone:

  • US & Canada 1(888)-359-4853
  • Bahrain +973 1737-3737
  • UK +44 08-44-493-1717
  • France +33 4952-4141

Specifications & Fees

Gulf Air is delighted to accept surfboards as long as each piece does not exceed 32 kg and are within the dimensions set for extraordinary baggage 190 cm (6’2 ft) x 75 cm (20”) x 65 cm (25”). We would not be able to accept larger dimensions as checked baggage. Gulf Air would be happy to carry them as cargo in these circumstances.

Notes: Please contact airline for more info.

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Airline: Hainan Airlines

Surfboard Fee: Each charging standard unit is $110.

Website: http://global.hnair.com/
Telephone:

Specifications & Fees

Surf boards Hainan Airlines allows surfing gear to be transported as checked baggage. The total size (length+ width +height) of each piece of surfing set should be less than 277 cm (9 ft). Hainan Airlines does not allow surfing gear to be included in the free baggage allowance. Only one set of surfing equipment for each passenger can be applied to special charging policies, namely being charged a fee of 50% of a standard charging unit. [Annotation: Each charging standard unit is 110 UD dollars. If RMB is used for payment, the exchange rate on the date the overweight check is completed shall be applied.] Other surfing gear shall be charged according to ordinary charging standards of over limit baggage.

[box type=”info” size=”large” style=”rounded”]Notes: Some checked items, such as surfboards and bicycles will be charged a fixed handling fee because of size, fragility, or other handling requirements while others may be checked in lieu of one of your checked bags.[/box]

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Airline: Hawaiian Air

Surfboard Fee: $35 to $150.

Website: www.hawaiianair.com
Telephone

  • US 1(800)-367-5320
  • UK +44 0-4208-133-0718
  • Australia +61 1800-188-371

Specifications & Fees

Surfboards will not be included in determining the free baggage allowance and will be subject to the following charges each:

  • Domestic flights, to neighbor island $35;
  • Between North America and Hawaii $100;
  • Between Continental USA $100.

International flights:

  • $150, between Hawaii/North America and Japan, Korea, Taiwan or China;
  • $150, between Hawaii/North America and Australia;
  • $150, for any other international travel.

Exception: For travel between USA and Australia or New Zealand, boards will be included in the free baggage allowance when travel is non-stop, direct and/or connecting Service. Boards in excess of the free baggage allowance and/or when en route stopover exceeding 24 hours occurs, will always be subject to the applicable baggage charges.
Maximum weight for Surfboards is 23 kgs. or 50 lbs. Maximum length 9’5 ft.

Notes: Fin must be removed or well padded.  Entire board must be protected by a suitable container. Limit of two boards per container. Charge will be assessed per container.

[box type=”info” size=”large” style=”rounded”]Wave Tribe bro David comments: Just FYI… Hawaiian allows one free board bag on flights between the USA and Australia/New Zealand. Though if you are flying on one of these flights it’s helpful to screenshot this page from their website as many agents do not know this: http://help.hawaiianairlines.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/90[/box]

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Airline: Iberia

Surfboard Fee: €150

Website: www.iberia.com
Telephone:

  • US 1(800)-772-4642
  • Spain +34 902-400-500
  • UK +44 0-870-609-0500
  • France +33 0-825-800-965

Specifications & Fees

Surfboards will always be treated as excess baggage with a fixed charge of €150 per leg, payable exclusively at the airport. When the trip originates in America, Nigeria or Israel, the charge will be $150.

  • For flights coming in and out of Brazil, Surf equipment is not included under the baggage allowance and involves a charge of $60
  • Additional equipment will be charged $120/per unit.
  • Surfboard should not exceed 2.5m in length.

Notes: Its carriage will be subject to availability of space on the flight. Surfboards should be properly positioned and packed, fastened to prevent breakage or cause problems or injury during boarding and carriage.

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Airline: Indian Airlines

Surfboard Fee: Undetermined.

Website: http://home.airindia.in
Telephone:

  • US & Canada 1(800)-180-1407
  • USA toll free 1(800)-223-7776
  • UK +44 207-760-3290.

Email: customersupport@airindiaexpress.in

Specifications & Fees

Notes: go to Sri Lanka bro, good waves there.

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Interjet Airlines Free Board bag Fee

Airline: Interjet

Surfboard Fee: Free

Website: interjet.com.mx
Telephone:

Specifications & Fees

Max weight is 52 lbs for domestic flights and 110 lbs per passenger for international flights. Max size permitted, 8’9 ft. Any excess baggage will have a fee of $50.00 pesos (approx $5) plus tax for each additional pound.

Notes: add a corona.

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Airline:  Iran Air

Surfboard Fee: Undetermined.

Website: http://www.iranair.com/
Telephone: London +44 020 8741 8000. Iran +98 (21)4662-4255.
Email:  

Specifications & Fees

Notes: no surf in Iran bro.

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Airline: Japan Airlines

Surfboard Fee:  $50 to $150

Website: www.jal.com
Telephone:

  • US & Canada 1(800)-525-3663 or 1(310)-643-1596.
  • Japan +81 0570-025-121
  • UK +44 0844-8-569-700
  • France +33 0810-747-700.

Specifications & Fees

Charges for each carry bag will be assessed according to the route.

Japan, Asia, India, Oceania Hawaii, North/Central/South America, Europe, Middle East, Africa:

  • Per carry bag:- 15,000yen ($150)

Between Japan and Asia, Guam, Oceania:

  • Per carry bag 10,000yen ($100)

Japan Domestic flights:

  • Per carry bag 5,000yen ($50)
[box type=”info” size=”large” style=”rounded”]Notes: Surfboards:Maximum of 2 surfboards per each carry bag. If your surfboard exceeds 47″ or 120cm (30″ or 100cm if the aircraft is 737) in length (Crazy!).  Please consult with our airline or your travel agency in advance.[/box]

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Airline: Jet Airways

Surfboard Fee: $50 if its exceeds the weight of the free check-in baggage.

Website: http://www.jetairways.com/
Telephone: 1(877)-835-9538

Specifications & Fees

The maximum size of a surfboard allowed is 5’2 ft, 50 lbs.

Notes: none.

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Airline: Jet Blue

Surfboard Fee: $50

Website: www.jetblue.com
Telephone:

  • US 1(800)-538-2583
  • All other countries 1(801)-449-2525.

Specifications & Fees

Surfboards are accepted on domestic flights for a fee of $50 per board each way and will count as one of your checked bags. International flights, customers will be charged a fee of $50 per board each way and will count as part of the checked baggage allowance.

  • Surfboards are accepted to all destinations EXCEPT to/from Bermuda, Santo Domingo and Santiago.
  • Surfboards ARE accepted on flights to/from Puerto Plata, and Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

Notes: One surfboard per case. Items weighing more than one hundred pounds (100 lbs) will not be accepted as checked baggage. We recommend that surfboards travel in a hard-sided (rather than soft-sided) case to prevent damage.

[box type=”alert” size=”large” style=”rounded”]Wave Tribe bro Jake comments: They literally charged me TO THE PENNY when returning to NY from Puerto Rico. Said they wouldn’t put my bag on the plane. They charged per board and luckily only saw 2, I had 3.[/box]

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Airline:  JetStar

Surfboard Fee: Free*

Website: http://www.jetstar.com/
Telephone:

  • US 1(866)-397-8170
  • Australia & other countries +61 (613)-9645-5999.

Specifications & Fees

Weight and size must not exceed 50 lbs (32 kg) and 6’2 ft (domestic flights & short-haul international) and 9’0 ft (international long-haul); or else excess baggage will be applied.

Notes: Please contact airline for more details. Checked baggage fees are usually applied anyways and might vary.

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Airline: KLM

Surfboard Fee: $55 to $150 (depending on destination)

Website: www.klm.com
Telephone:

  • US & Canada 1(866)-434-0320 or 1(800)-618-0104
  • UK +44 (0) 871-231-0000.
    France +33 (0)9-6936-8605
  • Germany +49 01806-254-750.

Specifications & Fees

You can bring a surfboard of max. 42″ (107cm)  instead of a suitcase or instead of an extra suitcase bought in advance. Larger surf equipment can only be taken at a special fee. Fees for surfboards between 42″ to 9’8 ft ( 107 and 300 cm) in length, max. 50 lbs (23 kg):

  • Within the Netherlands, $55.
  • Within Europe. Within Europe and North Africa, Israel, and other parts of Middle East, $55.
  • Within Europe and United States/Canada, rest of Middle East, India, $100. (When departing from United States, $150)
  • The rest of the world, $100.

Notes: Please contact KLM telephone reservations prior to trip. You always need to reserve for any type of surf equipment.

[box type=”alert” size=”large” style=”rounded”]Wave Tribe bro comments: “KLM high prices and for not taking any responsibility in case the boards get damaged. The damage may occur, once the equipment is inspected and not left the way it was packed.[/box]

*9/2015~ Wave Tribe bro SurfKaravaan reports~ “Surfboards free of charge.” Check their dedicated website: https://surf.klm.com/#!/destinations

*11/2015~ Wave Tribe bro Roy reports~ “KLM does not charge anymore , you can bring your surfboard instead of a suitcase, or as an extra bag…”

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South African Airlines Free Board bag Fee

Airline: Korean Air

Surfboard Fee: Free*

Website: http://www.koreanair.com/
Telephone: US 1(800)-438-5000. UK +44 0-800-413-00.

Specifications & Fees

Maximum weight & length allowed, 70lb (32kg) and 9’0 ft (277cm). Take precautions when packing surfboards. Fins should be detached and thereafter boards safely enclosed in suitable bags. Surfboard will be charged per bag (or container). Korean Air assumes no liability for damage to sports equipment that is not contained in a hard-sided case designed for shipping with protective internal material.

[box type=”info” size=”large” style=”rounded”]Notes: Up to $200  if free baggage allowance is exceeded, and depending on destination.[/box]

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South African Airlines Free Board bag Fee

Airline: LAN Chile

Surfboard Fee: Free*

Website: http://www.lan.com
Telephone:

  • US 1(866)-435-9526
  • Chile +56 600-526-2000
  • France +33 082-123-1554.
  • UK +44 845-098-0140.

Specifications & Fees

Surfboards may be considered part of the free checked baggage allowance provided that it does not exceed the permitted allowance (according to the route and flight cabin). Maximum length & weight permitted for surfboards 9’8 ft (300 cm) and 50 lbs (23 kg). If exceeded, you must pay the excess baggage fee. *($30 to $90, depending on destination flights)

Notes: beautiful flight attendants.

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Airline: Lufthansa

Surfboard Fee: $70 to $150

Website: www.lufthansa-usa.com
Telephone:

  • US 1(800)-645-3880.
  • Germany +49 69-86-799-799
  • UK +44 871-945-9747
  • France +33 892-231-690

Specifications & Fees

Must be less than 70 lbs (32 kg) and/or 6’5″ (2 meters).

  • Within Europe: $70 (€50).
  • Europe to intercontinental: $150 (€100).
  • If it’s over 6’7″ (2 m), the fees are doubled. You need to register sports baggage 24 hours before the flight.

Notes: safest airline with good service.

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Airline: Malaysian

Surfboard Fee: Varies

Website: www.malaysiaairlines.com
Telephone:

  • US 1(800)-552-9264
  • UK +44 (0) 20-7341-2022
  • France +33 0892-35-0810.

Specifications & Fees

One surfboard to a maximum length of 8’1 ft (2.5 meters) . Items over 8’1 ft in length shall not be accepted as checked baggage.
Weight system:

  • Maximum weight of 33 lbs (15kg) will be carried free of charge.
  • If over the FBA + 33 lbs, normal excess baggage applies.
  • Piece system: 100% or single charge of the applicable excess baggage rate regardless of the dimension and size. Additional surfboards at the applicable excess baggage charge.

Additional surfboard restrictions and exceptions:

  •  If not presented in a protective case, the item will only be accepted upon completion of a Limited Release tag.

Notes: hot chicks.

*10/15 Update: Wave Tribe friend Izzy said: “You could add Malaysian to the bro list I flew a couple of times with them to Bali and it was free to bring boards. They damaged one of my boards once though but they paid for the damage without complaining.”

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Airline: Mesa Airlines

Surfboard Fee: $35

Website: http://www.mesa-air.com/
Telephone: 1(602)-685-4000
Email: customercare@iflygo.com

Specifications & Fees

Surfboards and paddle boards with lengths 6 feet and less on a limited basis. Every effort will be made to accommodate these items. A fee of $35 ($30 for tickets purchased on or prior to Oct. 31, 2013) will be charged for transportation of these items.

Notes: que honda?

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Airline: Mexicana

Surfboard Fee: $75

Website: www.mexicana.com
Telephone: US 1(888)-882-9994, 1(877)-801-2010.

Specifications & Fees

One-way per bag, Max 8’3 ft.

Notes: Please call Mexicana Airlines, for more information.

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Airline: Monarch Airlines

Surfboard Fee: £35 / €44 per item, per sector.

Website: http://www.monarch.co.uk/
Telephone: Calling from inside & outside the UK +44 8719-40-50-40.
Contact form: http://www.monarch.co.uk/contact-us/flights

Specifications & Fees

These fees can only be booked at the airport.

Notes: butterfly.

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Airline: MyTravel Airways or Thomas Cook

Surfboard Fee: £40 to £60

Website: http://www.thomascook.com/

Telephone: Denmark +45 3247-7200. US 1(800)-432-1359
Email: mytravelairways@mytravel.dk

Specifications & Fees

Surfboards are charged at £40 short haul/short haul plus and £60 long haul for the return trip.

Notes: high roller.

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Airline: Northwest (Delta)

Surfboard Fee: $100 to $150.

Website: www.nwa.com
Telephone: US 1(404)-209-3434. UK +44 871-221-1222. Brazil +55 0800-761-7070. Spain +34 902-810-872.

Specifications & Fees

$150 (€105) traveling to all regions (excluding Brazil). $100 traveling to/from Brazil.

  •  Delta Connection carrier surfboard acceptance and charges may vary. Please contact airline for more information.
  • If the surfboard is not in a protective case, you must fill out a liability form before the surfboard will be accepted. (Click on link below)
  • Surfboards are allowed up to two boards per bag.
  • Bags over 70 lbs. will be charged the excess weight fee ($125 – $200).
  • Between Honolulu and Maui, there is a $20 fee.
  • Surfboards over 9’5 ft are not allowed.

Notes: Please be advised, between Honolulu and Maui, there is a $20 fee.

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Oman Air Free Board bag Fee

Airline: Oman Air

Surfboard Fee: Free

Website: http://www.omanair.com/en
Telephone: US 1(201)-205-2115.

Specifications & Fees

Sporting Equipments as listed below may be accepted for carriage as checked in baggage and as part of passenger’s standard baggage allowance. If the free baggage allowance (FBA) is exceeded, normal excess baggage charges apply.Specifications & Fees

  • Wind Surf Boards
  • Surf Boards
  • Kite Surfing Equipment
  • Body Boards
  • Pole Vault
  • Kayaks

Following need to be taken into account. Items are less than 300 cm (10 feet) in length, any sails are detachable and collapsible and the equipment is appropriately packed in a hard shell packing case, if not limited release tag will be required.

Notes: Items up to 400 cm (13 feet) in length may be accepted in exceptional cases, provided detailed information is forwarded to us.

*Update 10/15: Wave Tribe Bro Scott said “Oman changed their policy on surfboards. No Longer Free Must Pay a lot.”

Links

 http://www.omanair.com/en/travel-info/baggage-services

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Airline: Pakistan Int. Airlines

Surfboard Fee: Undetermined.

Website: http://www.piac.com.pk
Telephone: 24 hr contact number +92 111-786-786.
Email: info@piac.aero

Specifications & Fees

Notes: why?

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Airline: Philippine Airlines

Surfboard Fee: $150.00

Website: www.philippineairlines.com/
Telephone:

  • USA and Canada 1(800)-435-9725
  • Australia 1-300-888-725.

Specifications & Fees

$150 within a size of 9ft, if it exceeds that, the cost would be $300. Surfboards are not included in the free baggage allowance, and thus shall be considered as automatic excess baggage.

Notes: Exception: For travel between Australia and Philippines, surfboards shall only be accepted if enclosed in a surfboard bag that must not exceed 70lbs in weight and 9ft in length. Board can be included in the free baggage allowance. The number of surfboards can be more than one, but must not exceed 70lbs. When the combined weight of the board exceeds the free baggage allowance, normal excess baggage rates shall apply.

[box type=”alert” size=”large” style=”rounded”]Our Wave Tribe bro Tim, comments: Flew with Philippine Airlines from Bali to Shanghai via Manila. They charged me 33USD/Kilo. He had 13kgs! Their surfboard policy only stands for some destination, make sure you don’t get screwed like he did.[/box]

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Oman Air Free Board bag Fee

Airline: Qantas

Surfboard Fee: Free*

Website: http://www.qantas.com.au
Telephone

  • US 1(800)-227-4500
  • Australia +61 13 13 13
  • UK +44 208-600-4300.
  • France +33 01-5732-9283

Specifications & Fees

To carry a surfboard as baggage, fins must be removed where possible and placed in an enclosed compartment or taped to the board. Qantas Check-in will attach a Fragile tag to the bag and you must complete and sign the limited release portion of the baggage tag. Australian and International routes:

  • Surfboard accepted enclosed in a board bag, should not exceed 70 lb (32kg) in weight and 9’0 ft (277cm) in length.
  • Any additional bags will each be assessed at the Airport Excess Baggage rates.
  • You can pre-purchase Additional Baggage Allowance at lower rates than Airport Excess Baggage rates.
[box type=”info” size=”large” style=”rounded”]Notes: $150, if free baggage allowance is exceeded, and depending on destination.[/box]

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Qatar Airline Boardbag FeesAirline: Qatar Airways – Up to $1750 WTF

Website: http://www.qatarairways.com
Telephone:

  • US 1(877)-777-2827 or 1(954)-745-0380
  • UK +44 (0)33-3320-2454
  • France +33 1-70-95-05-80.

The board needs to be less than 9’8 ft (3 meters) and 50 lbs (23kg). If this is exceeded, a fee will be applied and boy it is a doozy.

Specifications & Fees

[box type=”alert” size=”large” style=”rounded”]Surfboard Fee: On Qatar Airlines right now it is not free , and it will cost 1250$ for a board bag up to 300cm if you travel to Denpasar from Europe so please change what it write on your site and check on the Qatar site[/box]

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*7/17 Update: WT FB bro Rob said: “I flew Qatar the last two years and they did not charge for boards.”

*2/16 Update: Wave Tribe bro Jaime said: “I flew Qatar from IAD to KUL in Nov. 2015. They said the policy changed in 2015 and wanted to charge me $133 USD after measuring my board bag which was 8 foot and had two boards in it, one 7’4″ and one 7’6″.”wav-tribe-airline-boardbag-fee-guide

Airline: Royal Air Maroc

Surfboard Fee: 80 euros

Website: http://www.royalairmaroc.com
Telephone: US 1(800)-344-67 26

Specifications & Fees

Surfboard allowed, 80 euros each way for a minimum weight of 66lbs (30 kgs), 6’6 ft (2 meters).

Notes: royal with chese.

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Airline: Ryanair

Surfboard Fee: €50 to €60 (depending on advanced purchase or at airport)

Website: http://www.ryanair.com/en
Telephone: UK +44 0-871-246-0000. France +33 0892-562-150. Rest of the world+44 871-246-0002.

Specifications & Fees

Surfboards, among other sporting equipment, are inherently unsuitable for carriage by airlines operating fast turnarounds such as Ryanair. However, these items may be carried in the hold of the aircraft in addition to your personal checked baggage allowance up to a limit of 44 lbs (20 kg) per item upon payment of a discounted online fee of £50/€50 per item, per one way flight.

If the item is purchased at the airport or through a Ryanair call centre a higher fee of £60/€60 per item/per one way flight will apply).  Any sporting and musical item weighing over the 44 lbs (20 kg) allowance will be charged for the excess at the applicable excess baggage rate per kilo.

[box type=”info” size=”large” style=”rounded”]Notes: *Useful surfers’ tips who have flown with Ryanair:  http://community.magicseaweed.com/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=35970[/box]

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Airline: S7 Airlines

Surfboard Fee: Undetermined.

Website: http://www.s7.ru/en/
Telephone: Russia +7 (495) 777-9999.

Specifications & Fees

Notes: Please contact airline*

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Airline: Saudi Arabian Airlines

Surfboard Fee: $150-$300*

Website: http://www.saudiairlines.com
Telephone: US & Canada 1(800)-472-8342, 1(571)-722-1800.

Specifications & Fees

Saudi Arabian Airlines accept Sporting equipment and musical instruments as checked baggage if it is properly packed or inserted in special bags and its weight shall be counted as a part of free checked baggage allowance, in case the weight is more than the free baggage allowance excess baggage charge shall be collected as Saudi policy. Most likely surfboards will fly as excess baggage. Please read dimensions and weight allowed.

Notes:  The standard dimensions for all bags from/to USA and Canada should not exceed 5’10 ft or 70 lbs. The standard dimensions for all bags to other destinations, except USA and Canada, should not exceed 6’7 ft or 70 lbs

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Airline: SAS International

Surfboard Fee: Domestic:€120/$175 ($160), Europe & Scandinavia: €180/$260 ($240), Between Europe and Asia/USA: €250/$325 (***$345)

Website: http://www.flysas.com
Telephone:

  • U.S. Customer contact 1(800)-221-2350
  • International 1-201-896-3600

Specifications & Fees

Surfboards are only be accepted on certain aircraft types and specific dimensions apply per aircraft type. Please contact your travel agent for details. The board must be checked in no later than 2 hours before departure and you must notify SAS in advance. If the board exceeds the limits for the specific aircraft type, it must be sent as cargo.

[box type=”info” size=”large” style=”rounded”]Notes: Surfboards/kiteboards The maximum length allowed is 6.5 ft[/box]

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Airline: Shenzhen Airlines

Surfboard Fee: Undetermined.

Website: http://global.shenzhenair.com/
Telephone: 400-88-95080
Email: wm@shenzhenair.com

Specifications & Fees

Notes: Please email airline for more info.

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Singapore Airlines Free Board bag Fee

Airline: Singapore

Surfboard Fee: Free*

Website: www.singaporeair.com
Telephone:

  • US 1(800)-742-3333
  • UK +44 020-8961-6993
  • France +33 0-821-230-380.
  • Singapore +65 6223-8888.

Email: us_feedback@singaporeair.com.sg

Specifications & Fees

As part of your two bag limit. After two boards it’s $109 each way going from US to Singapore (other destinations may vary).

Excess baggage charges will apply if your sporting equipment and your other check-in baggage exceed the free baggage allowance.

Notes: For travel to/from US/Brazil, most sporting equipment is treated as one piece of baggage. Canoes (per unit) are treated as two pieces of baggage.

[box type=”alert” size=”large” style=”rounded”]Our Wave Tribe bro Joao comments: I already traveled a few times with Singapore, and they are fully free and recommendable. About board sizes, never had any problem with Singapore.[/box]

Links: http://www.singaporeair.com/en_UK/travel-information/baggage-outsize/

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Airline: SkyWest Airlines

Surfboard Fee: $20

Website: http://www.skywest.com/
Telephone:

  • US or Canada 1(800)-335-2247
  • Other Locations +1 (281)-821-3256.

Specifications & Fees

Transportation of surf boards, bicycles, golf clubs, skis, snow boards, archery equipment, and fishing equipment is charged at a flat rate of $20 per item. No more than two surfboards may be included in any one pack. Each pack must not weigh more than 70lbs (32kg).

Please note: Carriage of surfboards is subject to space availability. – Confirmed on calling.

Notes: none.

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South African Airlines Free Board bag FeeAirline: South African Airlines

Surfboard Fee: Free

Website: www.flysaa.com
Telephone:

  • US 1(800)-722-9675
  • South Africa +27 86-135-9722
  • Rest of the world +27 11-978-5313.
  • UK +44 0844-375-9680
  • France +33 0825-800969.

Specifications & Fees

South African Airlines will allow a surfboard as an additional piece, not exceeding 50 lbs (23 kg) and 6’5 ft (200 cm), free of charge per passenger.

[box type=”info” size=”large” style=”rounded”]Notes: A surfboard bigger than 6’5 ft (200 cm), to be accepted strictly as cargo.[/box]

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Airline: Southwest

Surfboard Fee: $75

Website: www.southwest.com
Telephone: US & rest of the world 1(800)-435-9792.

Specifications & Fees

Surfboards will be accepted as Checked Baggage for a $75 each way charge.

Notes: Overweight items from 51 to 100 pounds and oversized items in excess of 5’1 ft  but not more than 6’6 ft (e.g.; surfboards) will be accepted for an overweight and oversize baggage fee of $75 per item.

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Airline: Spanair

Surfboard Fee: $50

Website: http://www.spanair.com
Telephone:  U.S. 1(888)-545-5757. Spain +34 97-191-6036 and +34 90-213-1435.

Specifications & Fees

Surfboard allowed (if ticket purchased in the airport or the call center)

Notes: Please contact airline for more info.

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Airline: Spirit Airlines

Surfboard Fee: $100

Website: www.spirit.com
Telephone: US/Canada 1(801)-401-2200.

Specifications & Fees

Maximum two surfboards in one bag, $100 each way.

Notes:
You can bring your surfboard as checked baggage on your next trip for an extra charge ($100 each way). Please make sure to remove or protect your surfboard keels and/or kedges to prevent damage to it and other checked baggage.  To save you more, you can put up to 2 similar items in a case together for the same price.  Don’t worry – overweight and oversize fees do not apply to surf equipment.  To add surf equipment to your reservation, please contact one of our reservation centers or visit a Customer Service Agent at the airport.

*A limited liability release will need to be signed when traveling with surf equipment.

Links: http://www.spirit.com/OptionalFees.aspx#baggage-fees

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South African Airlines Free Board bag Fee

Airline: SriLankan Airlines

Surfboard Fee: Free*

Website: www.srilankan.lk
Telephone: US 1(732)- 205-0017. UK +44 0330-808-0800. France +33 9751-81999
Email: sales@srilankanusa.com

Specifications & Fees

You can bring one surfboard for free, allowed as checked baggage. Any excess weight (exceeding 50 lbs) will be assessed at the normal excess baggage rate. Please contact airline.

Notes:

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Airline: Swiss

Surfboard Fee: $70 to $150 (€50 to €100)

Website: http://www.swiss.com
Telephone: US 1(877)-359-7947. UK +44 845-601-0956. France +33 (0)892-232-501.

Specifications & Fees

One surfboard (up to 6’5 ft) goes under category  ‘normal baggage’:

For flights within EU: $70 (€50)
For intercontinental flights: $150 (€100)

*Swiss does not accept sports equipment of more than 70lbs (32kgs).

Notes: For smooth execution please check-in your sports equipment no later than 1 hour before counter closing. In Switzerland and Germany you can also take advantage checking in the night before your flight.

*Swiss Air might charge more at airport. Please print page with fees to show airline staff, and make sure they don’t charge more than necessary.

Links: http://www.swiss.com/web/en/services/baggage/pages/sporting_equipment.aspx

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Airline: TAM Linhas Aereas

Surfboard Fee: Free to $75

Website: http://www.tam.com.br
Telephone:  US 1(888)- 235-9826. UK +44 (0)20-8741-2005. France +33 (0)1535-3800. Rest of the world 786-972-3060.

Specifications & Fees

Surfboard with a maximum length of 8’9 ft (274 cm) and 50 lbs (32 kg); can be included in Passenger’s Luggage allowance. The number of boards shall not exceed 3 (notwithstanding the number of cases).
When applied, an excess-luggage fee of US$75.00 will be charged, and the correct packing of these items will be the total responsibility of the passenger.

Notes:

Links: http://www.tam.com.br/b2c/vgn/v/index.jsp?vgnextoid=8940e6c6c19da110VgnVCM1000005f05a8c0RCRD

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Airline: TAP Portugal

Surfboard Fee: €35 to €90

Website: www.flytap.com
Telephone: US 1(800)-221-7370. UK +44 (0) 845-601-0932. Portugal +351 707-205-700. France +33 0820-319-320.

0820 319 320
+44 (0) 845 601 0932
+44 (0) 845 601 0932

Specifications & Fees

Fee per one way trip:
– Domestic flights, €35.
– Europe, Morocco & Algeria flights, €50.
– Intercontinental flights (to Sal, Praia, Sao Vicente, Dakar, Bamako, Accra, Bissau and Sao Tome) €75
– Other intercontinental flights, €90.

Notes: Maximum weight advised per set 70 lbs (32kg).
Surfboards must always be carried in a suitable bag and packed appropriately. Passengers must always fill in the respective Transport Declaration form. In the absence of this document, inadequately packed equipment will not be accepted at check-in and may consequently be refused transportation.
TAP Portugal does not accept liability for possible damage to inadequately packed boards during travel and recommends that an insurance policy be taken out.

Links: http://www.flytap.com/USA/enus/PlanBook/PrepareforTravel/Baggage/SportsEquipment

*Update 1/2016~ Wave Tribe bro Matt said: The info for TAP Portugal needs an update: Boards (up to 200 cm):
Domestics, Europe, Morocco and Algeria: EUR 50; Intercontinental Flights: EUR 100

 

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Airline: Thai

Surfboard Fee: $60 to $119

Website: www.thaiairways.com
Telephone: US 1(800)-426-5204. UK 0844-561-0911. France +33 1-5568-8070.

Specifications & Fees

Surfboards will not be included in the free baggage allowance.
One board not exceeding 9’0  ft (277 cm) at 50% of excess baggage charge: $60
Any surfboards exceeding 9’0 ft (277 cm) will be charged the full excess baggage fee: $119
A second surfboard shall be charged at the full excess baggage rate: $119

Notes: Please Contact Thai directly for more specific information. *Thai might charge more at airport. Please print page with fees to show airline staff, and make sure they don’t charge more than necessary.

Links: http://www.thaiairways.com/plan-your-trip/before-you-fly/en/baggage_and_optional_fees.htm

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Airline: Thomas Cook (UK)

Surfboard Fee:  £40 short haul/short haul plus, £60 long haul

Website: http://www.thomascook.com/
Telephone: US 1(800)-432-1359. Denmark +45 3247 7200. UK +44 0871-895-0038.

Specifications & Fees

Surfboards are charged at £40 short haul/short haul plus and £60 long haul for the return trip.

Notes:

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Airline: Thomsonfly

Surfboard Fee: “For Surfboards Short haul – £35 return. Mid haul – £45 return. Long haul – £60 return ”

Website: http://flights.thomson.co.uk/
Telephone: UK +44 0844-871-1603

Specifications & Fees

You can take sports equipment on your flight with us, providing you contact us two months before on 0871 231 4787 (calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras) and pre-book the carriage of these items. Space in our aircraft is limited, so if you do not pre-book carriage

Notes:

Links:
http://www.thomson.co.uk/editorial/legal/baggage-allowance.html#sportsequipment
http://www.thomson.co.uk/editorial/faqs/flights/luggage.html

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Airline:  THY Turkish Airlines

Surfboard Fee: Undetermined.

Website: http://www.turkishairlines.com
Telephone: US 1(800)-875-8875. France +33 825-800-902.

Specifications & Fees

For sports equipment that are in excess of the 70lbs (32 kg) weight limit, a fee will be charged. Please contact airline.

Notes: Please contact airline for more info.

Links: http://www.turkishairlines.com/en-int/travel-information/baggage/sports-equipment-baggage-charges-and-conditions

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South African Airlines Free Board bag Fee

Airline: Transaero

Surfboard Fee: Free*

Website: http://www.transaero.ru/en
Telephone: US 1(877)-747-1191. Russia +7 (495) 788 8080

Specifications & Fees

*70 pounds of weight allowed but if exceeded $50 is charged.
Surfing equipment weighing up to 44 lbs, with dimensions of  6.2 ft x 2.4 ft x 2.1, for one passenger in addition to the free baggage allowance:

  • Surfboard
  • Fixations
  • Wet suit
  • Pair of boots
  • Other accessories.

Notes:

Links: http://transaero.ru/en/info-and-services/baggage/Sportsoutfit

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Airline: Transavia Airlines

Surfboard Fee: 40 euros per flight.

Website: http://www.transavia.com
Telephone: UK +44 0906-6800065. France +33 0892-058888. Rest of the world +35 2-270-027-28.

Specifications & Fees

Confirm before 72 hours.

Notes:
*Our buddy Bill shared this info with us:
It’s €40 per board per single journey.
The most annoying part I recon is the sentence: “if the surfboard/waveboard, etc. is packed in a bag, you are now allowed to add clothes and/or any other items to this.”
The word “now” was confusing for me because at the hang glider it says: ” if your hang-glider is packed in a bag, you may not add clothes and/or any other items to this.”
So I called them and they told me that its a mistake on the website, it must be “not” instead of “now”. Imagine standing there with your boardbag stuffed…

Meaning that you need to pay €80 just to bring your board, but what if you are a windsurfer (add boom+mast is a seperate €40 each way) or kitesurfer? You need to bring it separate and the prices for check in luggage is excluded from the ticket price:
KG price
15 kg € 15
20 kg € 20
25 kg € 25
30 kg € 35
40 kg € 45
50 kg € 75

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Airline: TUIfly

Surfboard Fee: $40*

Website: http://www.tuifly.com/en/
Telephone: Germany +49 0180-6000-120.

Specifications & Fees

Surfboards up to a maximum weight of 66 lbs (30 kilo), can be carried for an administration fee (per item, per flight segment) of USD $40 / €25 / £20, on international flights.

Notes:
*Our Wave Tribe bro Stift comments: One Kitepack, also above 140 cm (55″) will be charged with 65 Euro. I can´t post a source, because you need to have a flightnumber to get the price. From 01/05/2014 you get only one piece of luggage with 15 kg (33 lbs)  for free.

Links: http://www.seatguru.com/airlines/TUIfly/baggage.php

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Airline: United

Surfboard Fee: $100 to $200.

Website: www.united.com
Telephone: US & Canada 1(800)-864-8331. UK +44 0845-607-6760. France +33 01-71-23-03-3.

Specifications & Fees

United Airlines will accept one surfboard or one surfboard bag containing up to four boards per customer as checked baggage, weighing 50 pounds or less for a service charge fee of $100 (each way) for travel between the U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and $200 (each way) for all other travel.
This service charge is in addition to any excess and overweight baggage charges that may apply.

Notes: Boards and board bags combined weighing more than 99.9 pounds (45.3 kg) will not be accepted as checked baggage.
The fin must be removed or well-padded. The entire board must be encased in a suitable container to avoid scratching. United is not liable for damages. Excess valuation cannot be purchased for a surfboard.

Links: http://www.united.com/web/en-US/content/travel/baggage/sports.aspx

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Airline: USAir

Surfboard Fee: $200

Website: www.usairways.com
Telephone: US & rest of the world 1(800)-428-4322. Travel agent help desk 1(800)-231-3131.

Specifications & Fees

“Surfboards will be accepted as checked baggage for a charge of $200 per direction. One item of surfing equipment consists of 1 surfboard.
When packaging a surfboard, keels and/or kedges must be removed or crated in such a manner so as to prevent damage to other baggage.
Surfboards will be accepted on US Airways Express flights. However, their acceptance may be restricted by length on some aircraft. A US Airways Reservation agent can provide additional information.”

Notes:

Links: http://reservations.usairways.com/en-US/traveltools/baggage/specialitems.html
http://www.luggageforward.com/index.jsp?cft=usa007017009&mkt=usa007017009&mki=usa007017009&src=spx0002&cbd=spx

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Airline: Varig Airlines or ‘Old’ Varig (‘New Varig’: GOL airlines)

Surfboard Fee:  $42.50/$85

Website: www.varigbrasil.com
Telephone: 1(800)-468 2744

Specifications & Fees

Under 109″, $42.50 per board each way, Over 109″, $85 per board each way.

Notes:

Links: http://www.surfline.com/travel/story_assets/2005_11_03_boardbag/bamp.cfm

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South African Airlines Free Board bag Fee

Airline: Virgin Atlantic

Surfboard Fee: Free

Website: www.virgin-atlantic.com
Telephone: US & Canada 1(800)-862-8621. UK headquarters +44 0844-209-7777.

Specifications & Fees

Free, limit one per customer. Must not exceed 9’0 ft (277 cm) and must not exceed 50 lbs (23 kg) in weight.

Notes:

Links: http://www.virgin-atlantic.com/us/en/travel-information/baggage/sports-equipment.html

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Airline: Virgin Blue

Surfboard Fee: $40 – $60. *Free as part of checked baggage. Check dimensions and weight allowance below.

Website: http://www.virginaustralia.com/
Telephone: US 1(855)- 253-8021. UK +44 0800-051-1281. Rest of the world +61 7-3295-2296.

Specifications & Fees

Sporting equipment can be accepted as checked baggage. The maximum dimensions for sporting equipment are as follows.
Weight: 70 lbs
Height: 38 inches
Length: 9 ft
Width: 32 inches

Each piece of sporting equipment will count towards your piece allowance, with each item classified as one piece.

Notes:
*Our Wave Tribe bro Tom comments: I know Virgin America charges $75 and so does SouthWest.

*Update 11/2015- Wave Tribe FB bro John says: “Virgin Australia is free”

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Airline: WestJet

Surfboard Fee: $20 to $50

Website: http://www.westjet.com/
Telephone: 1(888)-937-8538.

Specifications & Fees

Lightweight surfboards packaged in a single bag that weighs less than 70 lbs will be accepted as a single surfboard for charging purposes.
Surfboards and windsurfers will be accepted in checked baggage when under 9.8 feet (3 metres) long.
All boards must have the fin removed, be padded, and packed properly to prevent damage to the board, sail and other baggage.

Notes: $20 dollars is it counts as second item. $50 dollars, as third item.

Links: http://www.westjet.com/guest/en/travel/basics/baggage/sport-equipment.shtml

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Airline: Xiamen Airlines

Surfboard Fee: Undetermined.

Website: http://www.chinahighlights.com
Telephone: China +86 592-2226666
Email: ethel@chinahighlights.com

Specifications & Fees

Notes: Please email airline for more information.

Links:

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Airline: XL Airways UK

Surfboard Fee: Undetermined.

Website: http://www.xl.com
Telephone:
U.S. 1(877)-496-9889.
France +33 (0)9 69 32 09 12.
Rest of the world +33 3 22 19 25 04.

Email: info@xl.com

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Notes: surfboards, need pre-approval from Prepa Voyage department mandatory (prepavoyage@xlairways.fr)

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Surfing Garopaba Brazil

Surfer’s Guide to Surfing Garopaba Brazil

Planning a surf trip to Brazil can be a little tricky, most people don’t realize how big the country is and might plan to visit north and south regions by car in two weeks.

Sorry to tell you, but you would spend most of your time inside your car and not surfing—not a good idea.

First of all, decide how many days you have, and start from there. If you have 2 weeks or less, it’s best to choose one region and explore a smaller region—I assure you will have plenty to see and surf.

Here is a surfers guide to Garopaba, Santa Catarina – Brazil.

Before you buy your ticket, don’t be a kook and check our updated Airline Surfboard Boardbag Fee Guide for Surfers.

Map of Brazil

Map of Brazil

 

Currency: Brazilian Real (BRL). U$ 1,00 = BRL 4*
(* today’s conversion 11/15—get an update here)

Best Time To Surf Garopaba

From April to September, the weather is mild or even cold (south Brazil) and southern region catches east to south swells. From November to March, is meltingly hot summer, during this time northern Brazil catches northern swells. Nevertheless always bring your full 3/2 wetsuit when you visit the south of Brazil.

In this post we will talk about Garopaba, a small coastal region in southern Brazil located on the state of Santa Catarina, known as the surfers state—you will understand why once you get to the end of this article.

Map of beaches in Garopaba region

Map of beaches in Garopaba region

Garopaba General Overview

Garopaba is located 55 miles south from Florianopolis (Santa Catarina’s capital) and has a population of 20K people. The region comprises of Garopaba Town and a few other small beach villages—you can surf in all of them!

The economy depends mainly on fishing and tourism. Which means: surf and beers everyday, helping the local economy. The main breaks are: Rosa Norte, Silveira, Vermelha e Ferrugem, all of them are driving distance to each other.

Praia do Rosa, Garopaba, Santa Catarina, Brazil. Photo credit www.ro-and-mo.com

Praia do Rosa, Garopaba, Santa Catarina, Brazil. Photo credit www.ro-and-mo.com

Just another summer day in Garopaba starts with a good surf session, while the wind is still calm. Then, go home, have breakfast, get some rest and prepare your stuff to go back to the beach and spend the rest of your day.

Chairs, sombrero, sarongs, water, sunscreen, camera, surfboards, etc. Arriving at the beach, settle down and go to the local bar/shack, order some fried shrimp and a cold Original Beer (local beer). Sit, relax and enjoy the view of beautiful people, white sand, blue ocean and the rain forest right behind you.

Surfing and napping is also mandatory along the day. At the end of the day, you will leave the beach starving, go to an “all you can eat” restaurant and be happy, or go home and make an awesome barbecue with your friends and more Original. Tomorrow starts all over again. Sound good?

The Travel Basics Garopaba

First, let’s check the surf right now…

Car Rentals in GaropabaSurfing Garopaba Brazil

Arriving in Florianopolis Airport, you will need to rent a car. You can use the Airport Website to compare fares from different car rental companies and book prior your trip. Remember to ask for surf racks or bring your own Wave Tribe hemp travel racks and straps. Price average for a SUV is U$50/day.

Getting To Garopaba From Floripa

Leaving the Airport you will take the freeway BR-101 direction south. After 50 miles, you will see a sign for Garopaba and turn left. You will enter a municipal road SC-434 that will take you to all the beach villages and the beautiful beach town of Garopaba.

Garopaba Hotels & Places To Stay

There are many different options to stay, from luxury holiday rentals, B&B’s to simple fisherman’s shacks. The best option is to stay in a “Pousada”, they are kind of a B&B, but without the breakfast and most of them are safe (they have gates and night security).

Usually a pousada offers a self-contained apartment, simple furnished, full kitchen and a barbecue (very important!). It will cost you around U$15-20/night per person. The main grocery shop is in Garopaba is Silveira Supermarket, but you will also find some mini-markets around.

View from Pousada Village Praia do Rosa

View from Pousada Village Praia do Rosa

If you are feeling cheap, you can rent a simple fisherman shack for as low as U$8/night per person. There are 2 problems with this option: first they don’t have websites, so you might have to drive around and ask. Second, they are not very safe, doors are too easy to break into. Unfortunately there are bad people always looking for an opportunity to steal from tourists.

Here are some great resources for accommodation in the area:

Surfing Garopaba

Ok, now you have a car and a place to sleep. Let’s check the surf!

The main breaks are Silveira, Ferrugem, Vermelha and Rosa Norte.

Surfing Silveira

To get to Silveira you need to take a dirt road from the main SC-434, close to Mormaii surf shop. The waves break on the south side of the beach, a nice right starts from behind the rocks and enter the beach. The beach is not developed, there are no bars around, so bring your all your stuff if you plan to stay there for the day.

Praia da Silveira beach in Garopaba, Santa Catarina, Brazil.

Praia da Silveira beach in Garopaba, Santa Catarina, Brazil.

Surfing Ferrugem

It’s just 4 miles from Garopaba, follow the signs and you will be fine. It’s also a sand bottom and works lefts and rights. In contrast with Silveira, Ferrugem is very developed with many bars, lots of beautiful people and a good atmosphere—it’s a great place to spend the day.

Watch this video, this is just another summer day at Praia da Ferrugem.

Surfing Vermelha

You can only get there walking on a trail from Rosa Norte, 20-30 minutes. The beach has no development at all, you will want to bring some water. The bottom is sand with some rocks. Even if there is no surf, the trail is worth it for such amazing view!

Praia Vermelha, Garopaba, Santa Catarina, Brazil.

Praia Vermelha, Garopaba, Santa Catarina, Brazil.

Surfing Praia do Rosa

Praia do Rosa has two breaks, Norte and Sul, or north and south. Rosa Norte is more consistent, the rocks on the coast protect the break from the north wind and you can easily paddle out thru a channel right close to the rocks. To get there you can park your car at Rosa Sul and walk along the beach, or park at the parking lot up the hill on Rosa Norte, then walk the trail down to the beach.

Rosa Norte, Garopaba, Santa Catarina, Brazil.

Rosa Norte, Garopaba, Santa Catarina, Brazil.

Garopaba Restaurants & Eating

 If you are travelling with your other half and want to take her/him for a special romantic date, Tigre Asiático located at Praia do Rosa is a great option. Asian food, candle lights, you know the rest.

Inside Tigre Asiatico Restaurant in Praia do Rosa, Santa Catarina, Brazil.

Inside Tigre Asiatico Restaurant in Praia do Rosa, Santa Catarina, Brazil.

There are some “all you can eat” types where you pay $10, get to choose one type of protein (fish, chicken or steak) and it usually comes with: spaghetti, salad, beans, rice, french fries, fried eggs.

You can always ask for more if it’s not enough. There is a really good one on the main road in Praia do Rosa, just opposite side of the road to Ouvidor. Wooden deck, easy to find.

Surf Shop Garopaba

There are a few small surf shops in Garopaba Town, Ferrugem and Praia do Rosa that would cover your needs, but if you are in town there is a bigger and more complete shop called Mormaii located in downtown Garopaba, they also have a nice café in the shop.

Cafe inside Mormaii Surf Shop in Garopaba Town.

Cafe inside Mormaii Surf Shop in Garopaba Town.

Garopaba Party & Going Out

The night life takes place mostly during summer time, Praia da Ferrugem is the busiest place, it’s really a party town with many bars next to each other on the main road.

A good option if you want to hang for a few beers and music is Beleza Pura, a bar in Praia do Rosa main road and is open year around with live music on the weekends—beautiful people and flirting atmosphere, if you are single, that’s the place to be.

Met someone at Beleza Pura, fell in love with the place and want to live there forever.

Ok, that happens a lot. This is a magical spot in the world. Here are a few real states if you are planning to buy or rent a house. Remember to invite me for a visit!

Almost forgot, how’s the crowd?

In the winter the crowd is ok during week but is busy on the weekends. In contrast, the summer crowd is insane. Be nice to the locals, have fun and invite them to share some beers and you’ll get more waves.

Links:

Praia do Rosa Facebook Page here , you will find information about lodging, events, surf, restaurants, etc.

Praia da Ferrugem on Trip Advisor.

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Surfing Santiago Chile

Surfing Santiago

Santiago Chile

Chilean poet Pablo Neruda once wrote that “love is so short, forgetting is so long”.

Planning a vacation to Santiago, Chile—Neruda’s birth place is—is a must see. Though you can’t surf in Santiago itself (except for at the wave pool), as it is about 2 hours from the coast by car, you can prepare for some excellent waves near the capital and enjoy this fabulous city before launching into the Chilean coastal towns.

It is nothing short of an adventure in Pacific Coast Paradise. There are endless surfing opportunities—with 300 days of waves per year—and plenty of other things to do as well. In this article we’ll just talk about a visit to the capital. Though Santiago itself sits in a valley not far from the sea, it will likely be your jumping off point for any trip into Chile.

Surfing Santiago Chile

Map of Chile (click map for detail)

About Santiago Chile

Santiago is the most populated city in the country of Chile and was  founded in 1541, which lent it neoclassical architecture since its inception.

Because of its more recent economic growth, it is also juxtaposed with a more modern metropolis design, giving it a neat sense of time travel while walking through it.

Mountains of the Andes chain can be seen from most points in the city and tend to trap the smog from the rapid pace of growth and development.

The city is situated in central Chile, at an elevation of 1,706 feet, which gives it a temperate Mediterranean climate, with low humidity and mild winters.

The reliable waves and plethora of attractions, have secured Santiago as an enviable destination for surfers and travelers alike.

gondola mountains santiagoWhat To Do Santiago Chile

Santiago is filled with many different parks, museums, monuments and markets, all beautifully designed and centrally located, making it easy to explore. Spicy Chile Tours offers free walking tours of Santiago, with a mix of historical information and the best anecdotes and recommendations for enjoying the city,

Be sure to check out the beautifully manicured Cerro Santa Lucia Hill, which is centrally located, making it a great starting point for your exploration and a great start to any walking tour of the city.

Across from the hill is the famous Santa Lucia Craft Market, filled with traditional artisanal crafts that are perfect for souvenirs and a great place to see what people are making with their hands. There are several dozen stores offering various styles of clothing and hand crafted souvenirs—most of which probably are typical of Chile.

Also, not to be missed in Santiago, is the food. Santiago is known for its seafood, which can be found in many of its trendy restaurants. Aqui esta Coco has been popular among the locals and tourists, alike, for its innovative atmosphere and incredible dishes.

If you are looking for a way to relax and rejuvenate yourself, you canSurfing Santiago  take advantage of Yoga Luka which offers a subscription of sorts to local yoga studios for just $2 a session. This gives you unbeatable prices for a variety of styles.

As for accommodations, Santiago is one of the more expensive cities in South America, so you can easily find nice hotels and boutiques to stay in during your visit.

One of the favorites is the Lastarria Boutique Hotel, which has a great location and a very chic yet homey feel; separating it from the more traditional hotels.

Like what you see and want to stay and study? Check out this summer internship program or enroll in a Spanish language program and improve your  language chops.

Getting To Santiago Chile

It is easiest to get to Santiago via airplane. If you are flying from the U.S., be prepared to pay the $100 USD tourist tax at the airport.

From there you can catch a cab, or a shuttle to your hotel.

If you’re heading straight to the Central Coast, then renting a small car is your best option, with prices from 100-150 US$ for a week.

If you are staying inside Santiago, then you can easily rely on the safe and clean Metro, as it is well-connected throughout the very large city. Metro Santiago has a metro system with five lines and 94 stations, with many holding rotating art exhibitions.

Trains run between roughly 6.00AM and 11.00PM, with each station posting the exact hours for the first and last trains. Buses run parallel to subway lines after hours. (Grab a free PDF of the Metro Map here)

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Where to Stay in Santiago Chile

Hotel Aruma

Hotel Aruma is located in Arica very close to the Surfing Santiago pedestrian walkway that goes to the wharf, shopping district, laundry and walking distance to many different restaurants and services.

They have 16 not super large but clean and comfy rooms to choose from. The Hotel has a modern minimalist design with a jacuzzi to chill in on the roof terrace. They offer a yummy breakfast made with local organic ingredients and tea, drinks and snacks during the day.

Hotel Aruma has good wi-fi and safe parking in a secure lot across the street. The service here is by far the best they will go above and beyond to make you happy and do it with a smile.

With only a $20 difference between this place and other average places nearby, I would definitely stay at the Hotel Aruma.

Hotel Loreto

Hotel Loreto is located a stone’s throw away from Barrio Bellavista, Surfing Santiago Santiago’s most heterogeneous and cosmopolitan area and is very close to the capital’s city center.

They offer all the usual stuff like wi-fi, satellite tv, heat and a safe deposit box. The biggest plus for this hotel is the amazing customer service they offer. The staff and owners will make your stay as enjoyable as possible and if you’re lucky might even give you some coupons for free drinks at a bar/restaurant near by.

The rooms are very clean and some have great views. The only complaint I’ve seen is that the larger room didn’t seem to have enough furniture and no closet to hang their belongings.

Also be sure to ask for a room with a private bath if that matters to you (does to me) otherwise there are small bathrooms across the hall. Be sure to stop by the courtyard which has an orange and pomegranate tree. Level 2 balconies have roof covers in case of rain and if it does rain they even offer loaner umbrellas for when you want to take a walk to near by Central Market or the Pacific Galleries.

ChilHotelSurfing Santiago

Just looking for somewhere to chill? Well look no further than the ChilHotel cause that’s pretty much all you’re gonna get there.

It’s affordable, safe and quiet. With less than a 3 minute walk to the metro, strong wi-fi, a hot shower and a simple breakfast it’s a perfect place to sleep in between outings.

Where To Eat Santiago Chile

Domino

Do not visit Santiago Chile without having a “Completo Del Domino” Domino is an awesome little place to go grab some cheap eats, a cold beer and people watch while you rub elbows with the locals.

They have a limited menu but still something for everyone. The Completo Del Domino is the most recommended by far, it’s a hot dog made “Italian Chilean style” with tons of mayonnaise, avocado and tomato.

Sounds gross huh? Well apparently it’s not gross it’s brilliant and before you know it you’ll be pouring mayo on all your buddies hot dogs at your next BBQ.

Bahia Pilolcura

Bahia Pilolcura is a little deceiving to the eye. When you first arrive Surfing Santiago all you’ll see is a fish market until you find the trap door that leads you down a rickety set of wooden stairs to the basement “dining room”, don’t freak out though you’re not in the middle of a horror movie you’re about to have some really good food.

They only serve seafood but being as it’s located right under a fish market you can imagine how fresh it is.

Try the outstanding ceviche or the grilled swordfish or just ask the waiter what’s fresh and recommended that day.

The service is eh, honestly after your food arrives the waiter will probably forget you’re even there but that’s OK just go back upstairs and pay when you’re done.

This is a cultural experience that you should not miss out on. Super cheap but cash only.

Maracuya ChileSurfing Santiago

Want to take your lady out for a nice romantic evening after all the hole in the wall joints you’ve hit up so far on your trip? Then Maracuya is the just the place.

Located just outside of the Port of Arica, Maracuya serves lovely elegant traditional Chile dishes with a beautiful view of the ocean. Locals say it’s the best restaurant around. The place isn’t cheap but offers real value for the money. Time to splurge!

More Things To Do Santiago Chile

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Sky Costanera is the tallest building in South America! Inside it’s a multi level high-end mall with movie theaters and restaurants but the main attraction is the top 2 viewing levels.

Many people recommend going the day after it rains right before sunset. The views are incredible. You really don’t realize how big Santiago is until you see it from that far up. There’s no where to eat or anything on the viewing levels yet but that’s OK it’s totally worth it.

Some reviewers stated they wished they had some open air access at the viewing level since they have to take their pics through glass but I can understand how that would be a safety concern. There’s never really too many crowds but it does cost more on weekends and holidays. Look for the signage above every window to help you pick out landmarks!

Fantasilandia Santiago Chile

Fantasilandia is an amusement park located in Santiago. Great for Surfing Santiago
children of all ages and adults too.

At under $15 per person (as of 9/2015) it’s a great value! It’s no Disneyland/Six Flags by any means but there’s plenty of rides and attractions to keep you busy all day.

The bathrooms are clean and easy to find and don’t forget to bring a change of clothes cause you will get wet on a few of the rides. Some reviewers recommend taking a cab or the metro to get there probably cause the parking sucks.

Around Halloween it’s pretty rad, they stay open late and everyone is dressed up in crazy costumes!

Surfing Santiago Chile 

Now for the surfing and what brings people from far and wide. Fall is a great time of the year to plan a surf trip, as the water has had all year to warm up and school is back in session, so the beach is less crowded.

It is also the time before the more temperamental winter has begun. The close proximity of Santiago to some of the world’s best surfing has inspired many surf schools in the area to open up.

If you’re looking for lessons check out Magic Chile International Surf School as the top loved surf school by tourists from all over the world.

Wave House Santiago Chile

Waves suck today? Well then head on over to Wave House to get Surfing Santiago your fix. Located in the Los Condes neighborhood in Santiago they have everything from Simulators, wave pools and climbing walls.

The instructors are great and the staff is always available to answer any questions you might have. There’s no hot water in the dressing room and the wet suits are a bit worn out so if you have your own bring it.

But if you’re looking for some waves right in the middle of the city, this is the place to go.

Thank You Santiago

Whether you are looking for a relaxing vacation, or one filled with action, Santiago certainly can be the place for you. Central Chile has a temperate climate, making it accessible throughout the year.

Enjoy the weather, the surf, the seafood, and the endless activities Santiago, Chile has to offer.

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Surfing Quepos Manuel Antonio Costa Rica

Surf Guide: Surfing Quepos + Manuel Antonio Costa Rica

Surfing Quepos Manuel Antonio Costa Rica

Manuel Antonio Costa Rica

The Basics

If you’re backpacking through Costa Rica, or are simply just hitting a few of the beaches in the southern Pacific region, then it’s likely that you’ve heard of either Quepos or Manuel Antonio. Both beaches offer a completely different vibe, so depending on what you’re looking for, you’ll fall in love with at least one of them.

Surfing Quepos Manuel Antonio Costa Rica

Surfing Quepos

Personally, I stay in Manuel Antonio, but generally prefer to surf Quepos, assuming the wave is working.  These are two HUGE tourism towns in Costa Rica, so if you’re looking for a cheap, remote little surf town, then I highly suggest you seek your stoke somewhere else.  But, if you want to surf some fun breaks, meet beautiful girls (also surf bros for all those surf babes out there), and generally have some very interesting nights, then the Manuel Antonio Quepos gangbang is a great choice for any surf bum’s vacation.

Located only a short 2 hour drive from San Jose, Quepos serves as an ideal place to start your surf journey (especially considering Dominical, Uvita, and Pavones are all just due south).

Similar to every tourist heavy town in Costa Rica, you won’t find the 50 cent tacos and 1$ beers here, but you can definitely scrape by if you have a few hundred dollars in the bank account.

There’s a ton of epic restaurants and bars all over Manuel Antonio, with equally as much found in Quepos.  But, beware!  Quepos is home to a ton of sketchy Ticos and prostitutes, so unless you want a little something, something, I wouldn’t talk to any of the “fine” women in high heels.  Stick to the sun-kissed surf girls in the bikinis and you’ll go home with a few stories to brag about.

The Town Quepos + Manuel Antonio Costa Rica

Similar to any surf town in Costa Rica, the atmosphere in both Quepos and Manuel Antonio is completely surf orientated.  Though you won’t have the abundance of surf hostels and surf shops of Jacó or Tamarindo, you will get a heavy dosage of surfage if you look in the right places.

Though Quepos generally gets a bad rap for robberies and loose women, if you have your head straight, you’ll find that the sketch balls leave you alone.  Just stay away from the Quepos pier/boardwalk at night, nothing good ever happens there, seriously never.

Alright, Quepos and Manuel Antonio are two entirely different towns, but they are located within 2 miles of one another, which is why we categorize them together in a surf guide.

Quepos Costa Rica

Quepos Costa Rica

Quepos is the Tico town located at the bottom of a giant hill, while Manuel Antonio is the town located at the top of the hill.  So, you’ll have to pass through Quepos to get to Manuel Antonio, which makes surfing both of them in a weekend super easy.

Quepos Costa Rica

First, let’s talk Quepos.  This is a fairly small Tico town located about 2 hours south of San Jose on the beach, just 1 hour south of popular Jacó.  Quepos is by no means a beautiful or quaint, not cute town, but the wave that breaks of the jetty makes it a gorgeous town in my opinion.

I don’t visit surf towns because they’re beautiful, I visit surf towns because I can get stoked and drink rum.  If you want to soak in an infinity pool, eat a steak dinner, and get massages all day, my advice is to go to Hawaii.  Quepos is gritty, but safe, so in my opinion, it’s a win-win.

From my experiences, the locals in Quepos are a lively bunch and are just looking to get drunk with a few Gringos, so if you sport a smile and a little spirit for adventure, you’ll love it here.  But, for those that are willing to spend a little more money, or just want to enjoy a more aesthetic town, then hop on the bus up to Manuel Antonio for 50 cents and see what it has to offer.

Manuel Antonio

Manuel Antonio Costa Rica

Not A Gringo

Manuel Antonio is a great place for backpackers, couples, solo travelers, families, or basically anyone that wants to wake up on top of a mountain and peer out at the vast Pacific Ocean.

Manuel Antonio is perched at the peak of a mountain, so regardless of where you choose to stay, you’ll be able to bask in the glory of Costa Rican jungle.  I’m much more familiar with Manuel Antonio as far as accommodations and eateries, so listen up and you’ll be treated.

Depending on you budget, you may want to buy your own food and cook it yourself, but I highly recommend a few restaurants if you have the funds.

First and foremost, El Patio is just about the dankest food in Costa Rica.  They blend Caribbean style cuisine with fresh seafood to literally spin heads.  Last time I was there, they had a Teriyaki Coconut Mango Tuna steak that I would eat 365 days a year and never complain about.

Though they have gnarly cool combinations of all sorts of seafoods and sauces, you won’t be able to afford this place on a poor man’s budget.  Meals are generally like 20$ a plate, so only go here if you can swing it.

If you’re working with 5$/day for food, then split the bill at the Super Joseth with your buddy.  You can get two huge ass Tuna steaks, coconut mango marinate, a bag of rice, and fresh veggies for 10$.  Don’t believe me?  Ask my buddy Uncle Steve, he still talks about my seared Tuna.  Apart from the high end restaurants, you can generally find a fish taco for 2$, but like I said before you’re better off cooking your own meals while in Manuel Antonio.

Surfing Quepos, Costa Rica

Surfing Quepos, Costa Rica

Surfing Quepos, Costa Rica

Quepos:  This is a tricky one, because sometimes it works and sometimes it’s flat.  I’ve seen it at 1 foot and I’ve seen it at 10 feet and let me tell you, when it’s working at 10, paddle out.

Although I almost always stay in Manuel Antonio, I’ll bus down to Quepos any day if the wave wants to work.  The wave is always going to break left, which is rad for everyone, because it’s a super clean left.

The wave isn’t as heavy as say, Dominical, so you can catch it and ride that puppy for a few hundred yards.  If you want a barreling wave, then you want a big strong southwest or west swell, because anything under waist height will probably be pretty mushy.

Quepos used to be a pretty rad left that broke to the beach, but with the construction of the jetty, it breaks out pretty deep.

[box type=”info” style=”rounded” border=”full”]Though everyone thought the construction of the new harbor was going to destroy the wave, it did the exact opposite.  Now, the wave peels cleaner, faster, and ultimately makes for a much better ride.[/box]
Manuel Antonio National Park

Manuel Antonio National Park

Manuel Antonio:  There isn’t a whole lot to say about this wave, because it’s going to be your typical fun-sized beach breaking wave.

If you head down the beach a few kilometers you’ll hit Playa Playitas.  Playitas brings in much better waves, but Manuel Antonio beach is perfect for beginners or intermediates that want to perfect their style.

You can take a bus that runs from Quepos to the beach in Manuel Antonio for just under 1$, which will take you directly to the beach.  You won’t have to pay a national park entry fee, nor deal with too many surf beginners, because the majority of tourism in Manuel Antonio is geared towards birdwatching and hiking.

Although this wave generally stays under head height, if you get a strong SW swell, expect a little power.  I’ve had incredibly days at Manuel Antonio and would definitely recommend it to anyone that wants a nice salty long boarding Sunday.

Where to Stay Quepos & Manuel antonio

Depending on your budget, you can stay at a variety of different places.  Hotels are great, houses can be rented, but generally, hostels are the best options for backpackers and surfers.

Hotel Vista Serena Manuel Antoio

Hotel Vista Serena Manuel Antoio

Vista Serena:  One of the best and most affordable accommodation options in Manuel Antonio.  This place is run by Conrad and his mother (both Ticos) and they truly make all their guests feel right at home.

La Serena offers a ton of different room options (dorms, privates, cabinas, etc), so you’ll be able to find something that suits your needs.  Rooms go for 10-20$ night and all options are clean and safe.  You can lock up your valuables, watch an epic sunset, or just kick it on one of the several hammocks.

http://www.vistaserena.com

Backpackers:  The long standing backpacker hostel in Manuel Antonio is an affordable, yet not always the safest options for backpackers.  I’ve heard horror stories of people getting their packs and boards lifted at cheap hostels, so I usually just splurge the extra 2$ and stay somewhere a bit more comfortable.

http://www.backpackersmanuelantonio.com/index.php/en/

La Mariposa Hotel Manuel Antoio

La Mariposa Hotel Manuel Antoio

La Mariposa:  This is the ultimate option for people who have money to spend, or for those surfers that are visiting during the dead low season.  This is a five star resort, but I’ve found accommodation for 120$/night.

That’s 60$ a person for easily the best accommodation in the area.  There’s monkeys, toucans, sloths, and all sorts of wildlife running around the hotel, but you obviously won’t be getting your room for 10$.  If you have the funs, I’d definitely recommend La Mariposa.

http://www.lamariposa.com

To Sum it Up

Quepos and Manuel Antonio are two incredibly beautiful destinations in Costa Rica, especially if you’re somewhat interested in wildlife.  I’ve seen just about every animal from whales to sloths here, all while getting a heavy dosage of wave ripping.

It is definitely not you average cheap, surf bum town, but sometimes you have to pay a little extra to have the breathtaking views of this blessed country.

If you’re traveling with your girlfriend or family, this is an excellent way to spend time surfing, while also enjoying the wildlife of Costa Rica!

Maps Quepos + Manuel Antonio Costa Rica

Maps Quepos + Manuel Antonio Costa Rica Maps Quepos + Manuel Antonio Costa Rica Maps Quepos + Manuel Antonio Costa Rica

Surfing Samara And Buena Vista Costa Rica

Surf Guide: Surfing Samara And Buena Vista Costa Rica

Surfing Samara And Buena Vista Costa Rica

The Basics: Surfing Samara And Buena Vista Costa Rica

This place will have a special place in my heart forever (and yours) when you arrive.

I’ve had some of the craziest nights of my life in Samara and hope to continue to surf this town until the day I die.  The entire town is full of beach bums, surf nuts, and party animals, which makes it one of the best destinations for surfers, backpackers, and anyone who wants to weave in a little rowdiness to their surf trip.

There’s a ton of hostels, beach rentals, and hotels—finding hotel accommodations is super easy and affordable.  Though the main beach break normally doesn’t reel overhead waves, if you walk down the dirt road north of town, you’ll find Buena Vista, the semi-secret beach break that the locals call home.

[box type=”info” size=”large” style=”rounded”]Whether you’re traveling with your family, girlfriend, or the boys, a visit to Samara is completely worth your time. [/box]
Surfing Samara And Buena Vista Costa Rica

Samara Parking

Samara has one of the rowdiest nightlifes in Costa Rica and when the waves hit, provides a dirty beach break that you’ll find yourself reminiscing about as you sit in your cubicle back in the USA while ordering office supplies.

One of my favorite parts about Samara (and also Nosara) is the idea how everyone seems to know each other.  It’s got the surf vibe of places like California/Hawaii, but without the overabundance of people. Anyone surfed Trestles lately—take a number!

As opposed to visiting a place like say, Southern California, you actually get to dominate the lineup with your buds.  There’s no fifty person lineup, no dickhead locals trying to maintain a dick-tatorship (hehe), no crusty comments—the atmosphere is 100% pura vida!

[box type=”info” size=”large” style=”rounded”]Though you can find this friendly, Hakuna Matata vibe in many parts of Costa Rica, Samara is one of the few places where everyone is like that.[/box]

From the OG long boarding Expats to the barrel hunting local Ticos, every surfer in Samara is out for one thing: fun.

You’ll hear the locals whistling, hollering, and making all sorts of strange sounds.  This is the surfing I love, when you get a crew of different cultures all doing their thing, it truly creates a vibe that is unexplainable.  If you’re trying to plan a Costa Rica or Central America surf trip, Samara is a great one to add to the list.  You can get stoked all day at Buena Vista, grab a great fish taco, and hit the night with a bottle of rum and a clear head.

The Wave: Surfing Samara And Buena Vista Costa Rica

Surfing Playa Samara

Surfing Playa Samara

Surfing Playa Samara

Alright, so there’s two beaches that you’ll want to surf while you’re here.  The first time I came, we just surfed in front of Lo Que Hay, where Playa Samara is located.  Depending on the swell, this wave is either going to be fun, or incredibly flat.

The majority of experienced surfers aren’t going to hang out here, unless theres a fat southern swell, in which case, it’s a great wave.  You get the convenience of being right in front of town, it’s a calm beach breaking wave, and you may just be able to catch a few airs.

I’d recommend Playa Samara for beginners, or low-intermediate surfers that want to practice their surfing abilities.  The wave is going to work much better at high tide as it comes in, which provides decent waves for long boarders, or beginner short boarders.

Unfortunately for experienced surfers, there’s some offshore rocks that block a lot of the swell, so you might want to head to Buena Vista.

Let’s take a quick break and check the surf . . .



Surfing Buena Vista

Buena Vista is a much better beach for surfers that actually want to get pitted before they hit the town.  This beach is located just north of town and can easily be reached by a 30 minute walk, or 5 minute car ride.

Though the wave isn’t going to barrel, most local Ticos find that there’s a ton of moderate sized waves here and you can definitely have a little fun with the wave lips.  Lying at the north end of the estuary, near a river mouth, Buena Vista’s waves are normally pretty good.  There’s going to be two points here, one is sketchy, the other is mellow.

There’s a huge rock formation at the south end of the beach, which provides a pretty sizable left, but there’s definitely a ton of rocks below.  If you’re comfortable and it looks rip-able, then send it, but if you want a mellow day, then I’d stick to the other point.

Surfing Buena Vista

Surfing Buena Vista

Locals call this wave, Punta Tortuga, meaning turtle point, as it’s located in front of a small Turtle sanctuary.  I’ve had great days riding here and it’s awesome because Buena Vista is very lush with vegetation.  After you rip and earn some local respect, the Ticos will treat you to an after session coconut. They will literally shimmy up the coco trees, kick down a few dozen fresh cocos and teach you how to open them without a machete.

Due to Buena Vista’s remoteness, there aren’t any places to buy water or refreshments, so my advice, bring a water bottle.  The waves at Buena Vista break moderately slow, so you’ll forfeit power for length with a lot of these waves.

Surfing Marbella

For surfers that want to party in Samara, but really want to get out of their mind pitted, should head to a little Tico town called Marbella.  Marbella use to be one of Costa Rica’s best kept secrets, but like most epic surf towns, it has been developed.  It’s not as crazy developed as Samara or Tamarindo, but compared to what it used to be, it’s not the same.

This is a reef/rock break, dishes out epic left and rights, and should only be surfed by experienced surfers.  There’s rarely a lineup, with a ton of power, and you don’t have to surf with Chads from New Jersey.

This is a very hard beacsurf_izquierdah to find, but if you really want to access it, it’s very possible.

It’s going to be on the way to a town called Junquiyal, where you would normally stop, but if you keep on the road and ask a few locals, they’ll guide you in the right direction

The Town: Surfing Samara And Buena Vista Costa Rica

There’s a ton of bars, restaurants, and funky eateries in Samara, which makes a post Samara surf session one of the best.

If you want a taste of natural Costa Rica, but want a twist of rage, then Samara Beach is without a doubt the best place to go.  The Ticos of Samara have all had their fare share of all nighters, so don’t feel bad if you can’t keep up, because these guys are pros in-and-out of the water.

Though there’s tons of different places to start the night, a beach front eatery called, “Lo Que Hay” is of my favorites.  The name which literally means “It is what it is”, delivers a heavy dosage of strong drinks, cool people, and music that will get those bones a’shaking.  Maybe it’s because I’ve started so many nights at Lo Que Hay that I’m prejudice to start every night here, but you really can’t go wrong with cheap fish tacos and cheaper beer.  lo-que-hay-1

One of the other places where you’ll find just about everyone everyone in town is a swanky joint called Sports Bar Arriba.  Located on the second floor of a shopping complex, it feels almost as if you’re walking into a high class Tico nightclub, but trust me, you aren’t.

This sports bar/surf hideout is a local favorite and the bartenders mix up some of the tastiest drinks in the area.  Whether you’re looking for shots of whisky, piña coladas, beers, or anything in between, this bar most likely has it.  The entire staff at this restaurant bar is incredibly friendly, everyone speaks english and I promise you will have the time of your life.

Last time I was at Arriba the bartender and I were inventing new shots; ask for the Guanacaste or the Shooter McGavin (Happy Gilmore, come on!), maybe they’ll remember.

Aside from the endless party scene in Samara, you can actually find a great bite to eat and meet some of the badass Expats that have migrated to this slice of absolute paradise.  As you enter town (from the north), there’s a joint called “LuvBurger” that offers amazing organic and vegan options for those health-nut surfers out there.

You’ll find your surf munchie style tacos at El Taco Volador.  Personally I’m a Lo Que Hay kind of guy, but it’s always worth a little variation when you’re visiting a foreign place. Also, Il Vino has arguably the best pizza I’ve ever had in the land of Pura Vida.  Thin crust or deep dish, I’m not sure who the chef is, but he deserves a high five for sure.

If you’re looking for something quick before heading out on the waves, I’d recommend a stop at the town’s Panaderia y Heladeria.  You can scarf down a quick croissant (or 5) for some quick surf energy, for this place is on the road which leads to Buena Vista surf break.

[box type=”info” size=”large” style=”rounded”]Playa Samara is one of the most organized towns in the entire country of Costa Rica and you’ll be able to find everything you need for a kicks surf trip. [/box]

There’s two or three grocery stores, two ATMs (which are normally hard to come by), a few rental car places, a ton of hotels, and plentiful surf schools for the beginners.  As a family friendly, surf friendly, party friendly town, Samara Beach is a place you’ll want to stay at forever.  And feel free to, there’s plenty of work and there’s even a hippie commune outside of town if you’re looking for a free place to crash.

Where You Should Stay Samara And Buena Vista Costa Rica

La Mariposa: This is a great hostel for backpackers and surfers, because it’s cheap, clean, and fun.  Though I normally stay with friends in Samara, this is a great alternative option for people that are traveling on a budget.  I’ve stayed here multiple times and have absolutely no complaints.  You can rent hammock rooms for like 8$/night, or dorm rooms for 12$/night.

Samara Tree House Inn:  This is a more luxurious option, which offers five or six treehouse style apartments in the heart of Samara Village.  You get your own apartment, making it a great option for surf crews that want to ball-out a little bit while they party and surf in Samara.  The rooms include top of the line beach furniture, a pool, WiFi, free breakfast, and a much better standard of living than any other hostel.  Apartments are only 35$ per night (for 2 people).  Find more info at www.samaratreehouse.com.

Hotel Samara Beach: If you want to be located super close to the beach, then this is probably one of the best options as far as accommodation goes.  This place has an awesome tropical beach vibe and offers guests clean and comfortable rooms.  I’m not sure what pricing for rooms are, but you can find what you need at: www.hotelsamarabeach.com.

Cabinas Nayuribe:  Renting a cabina is always a great idea when you visit any surf destination.  Though when I say “cabina” I don’t mean the epic luxurious one’s you find in Hawaii, but rather the Tico style of Cabina.  Sometimes they are nice, sometimes they are gnarly.  I’ve never personally stayed at these cabins but I know people who have and they’ve said positive things.  Cabins can be anywhere between 25-60$ per night, depending on size, comfort, etc.

To Sum it Up

Where you should Stay Samara And Buena Vista Costa Rica

Samara Beach is definitely on my list of favorite destinations in Costa Rica, mainly because there’s so much to do.

I wouldn’t say it’s the most epic location for surfing, but I would recommend it as a pit-stop along the way.

Every legendary surf trip needs a few nights of hardcore partying and you’ll definitely get your fair share of late nights if you stay in Samara.  Samara is a semi-popular vacation destination, but doesn’t have the overabundance of obese North Americans crowding the beach.  There’s a ton of beautiful people, tasty food, funky bars, and ways to spend your day.

The waves aren’t going to be up to par for the barrel hunters out there, but I would totally recommend at least a few nights in this surf party town.  Also, if you happen to be traveling with your family, there’s a ton to do as far as tours and all that jazz.  Although you’ll always find me cruising waves over at Buena Vista, every part of Samara is worth a visit.  Happy shredding.

Maps Samara And Buena Vista Costa Rica

Map Samara And Buena Vista Costa Rica

Map Samara And Buena Vista Costa Rica

 

Surfing Tamarindo Costa Rica

Surf Travel Guide: Surfing Tamarindo Costa Rica

Surfing Tamarindo Costa Rica

Tamarindo Costa Rica From The Air

The Basics

A surf trip to Costa Rica would not be complete without a journey to west coast, where surfers can find some of the most consistent waves in the entire country.

[box type=”info” size=”large” style=”rounded”]The region is called Guanacaste and it’s jam packed with beaches that bring the heat almost 365 days a year. [/box]

Depending on what type of atmosphere you’re looking for, a vacation to this part of the country can really turn your surf trip from mediocre to goddamn phenomenal.

There’s a party-heavy surf town called Tamarindo, where you can find perfect waves, rowdy nightclubs, and some of the best cuisine of the country.

Tamarindo is going to be perfect for beginners, intermediates, and advanced surfers, because the wave really is whatever you make it. There will be some days that the swell will reach overhead and only the badass local Ticos will hit the water, but most days it’s going to stick between 3-5 feet.

[box type=”info” size=”large” style=”rounded”]It won’t be like your barrel days on the water, but I promise days on the water in Tama are some of the best I’ve ever had. [/box]

The town isn’t the cheapest (possibly one of the most expensive), but can easily be enjoyed by any surf dirtbag that’s strapped for cash.  From my experience in Tamarindo, I only really have positive things to say.  The town is bitchin’, the waves are consistent, and the spread of bikini babes is definitely the most impressive of all of Central America.

The Wave At Tamarindo

Surfing Tamarindo Costa Rica

Big Long Lines ~Photo courtesy of Samba to the Sea Photography

Tamarindo has its pros and definitely has its cons.  There will be waves just about every single day of the year, but you may have to share those waves with a few Chads from New Jersey (no disrespect to the NJ crowd).

As a vacation hotspot, there’s a ton of people trying to learn how to surf here, but if you head over towards the river mouth, you’ll find you have some space.

Tourists tend to stay away from the river mouth because the crocodile horror stories the Ticos, and myself, have been telling to tourists for years.  There hasn’t been a legitimate croc attack in that river for years, I use to swim across it to surf Playa Grande 5 times a week and haven’t been bothered. Derek says he used to do the same.

[box type=”alert” size=”large” style=”rounded”]But beware, there are crocodiles in there, I’ve seen them![/box]

Anyways, the wave in Tamarindo is going to be a solid beach break, with exposed rights and lefts, which gives you the option of choosing what you want to rip.

Personally, when the river mouth right is working, I’ll head there 9 times out of 10.  The wave in Tamarindo doesn’t generate the power of a Hawaiian powerhouse, but it’s going to be fun if you know what you’re doing.  These are definitely intermediate style waves, so don’t head there hunting for barrels, because you’re going to just be sent further north to Witch’s Rock—article coming soon here on Salt Water High so stay tuned.

Generally you’ll catch fun sized waves that you’ll be able to cut back, catch air, and bust those 3’s that you’ve been wanting to show off.  With a wave that isn’t going to crush you if you bunk a 3, Tamarindo is easily one of the best beaches to surf in Costa if you don’t mind forfeiting size for fun (that’s what she said).

The Town

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Tamarindo is without a doubt the best surf/party destination in all of Costa Rica.  The bars tend to close when the sun comes up, the Imperial beers are cheap, and you can get away with just about anything.

Every restaurant, hotel, and surf school knows every single language.  From English to Swedish, you’ll feel comfortable knowing that the locals actually understand what you’re talking about in your drunken stupor.

Though Tamarindo is made up of only about two strips of streets, there are dozens of restaurants in the town.  There’s so much to do in Tamarindo that even if you don’t surf, you’ll have the best vacation of your life.

If you’re there in December or April and a taxi driver offers to drive you “La Rodeo”, take him up on that.  The Rodeos in Villareal (town right outside Tamarindo) is one of the biggest Tico parties of the year.  Just imagine hundreds of Ticos taunting bulls, running for their lives, wasted beyond belief on rum; a straight party.

Regardless of what season or day of the week you’re in Tamarindo, I promise there will be something to do.  Whether you want to get blackout wasted, or sip sangria and watch the sunset, Tamarindo delivers an unforgettable beach vacation that tourists have been loving for decades.

Surf Camps in Tamarindo

If you’re a beginner surfer or you just want a refresher course, Witch’s Rock Surf Camp is a great business to support.

Developed by surf legend Robert August, the surf staff here is the most knowledgeable and organized surf camp in the country.

Instructors know basically every language, teach in a concise manner, and prices are very affordable.

Witch’s Rock is named after the famed Witch’s Rock surf break near Playa Naranjo.  Though a very difficult spot to reach, Witch’s Rock and Ollie’s point are two of the most incredible surf destinations in all of Central America.

Here is their video for a digital taste:

Where To Stay Tamarindo

Pura Vida Hostel:  This is a great place to stay if you’re looking to save money on accommodation and also want to meet a ton of rad people.  This place is safe, comfortable, cheap, and super fun.  They host reggae parties on Thursdays, have hammocks everywhere, and a really cool staff.  Bunks cost between 8-15$ per night, with private rooms ranging anywhere from 20-40$

http://www.puravidahostel.com

Hotel Diria: This is probably where you want to stay if you are vacationing with your family, or if you have a real job and can afford to stay at a hotel.  This place is right on the beach, the staff will hold your board, and the Diria owns nearly half of Tamarindo.  Rooms aren’t cheap though.  You’re going to spend between 300-600 per night, but the rooms are epic.

I stayed here when my Dad came down for Christmas and it was definitely the best hotel we stayed at during our little Costa Rica surf adventure.  They are one of the few bars that actually can make killer cocktails, but they won’t be cheap.

http://www.tamarindodiria.com

Barcelo LangostaBarcelo Langosta:  Though this resort style hotel isn’t actually in the heart of Tamarindo, it’s definitely one of the best all inclusive hotels in Costa Rica.  It’s right on Playa Langosta, which is the adjacent beach to Playa Tamarindo.

The swell works great here and the resort has private access to the river mouth break.  A stay here is going to cost you a hefty tab, but if you plan to vacation with your family, this is a great place to do so.

Hotel Barcelo Wesite

Where To Party Tamarindo

If you come to Tamarindo and don’t end up waking up on the beach with an empty bottle of rum, then you really didn’t party hard enough.  There’s a bar called Sharky’s (https://www.facebook.com/CostaRicaTamarindo), where everyone usually starts the night.

They have a great Ladies night on Saturday, which brings in a ton of, you guessed it—ladies.  Also, they have a great 2 for 1 cocktail hour that will get you right wasted after a day on the surf.

where to party in tamarindoAnother great spot to spend your night is at a bar at the end of the beach called Pacifico.  This place is where all the local Tico surfers hang out, drink brews, and pick up their nightly squeezes.

I spent the majority of my nights at Pacifico, stealing bottles of Flor de Caña and asking the DJ to play more rock n’ roll.

[box type=”info” size=”large” style=”rounded”]Pacifico is a great spot with a lot happening. [/box]

They may charge you a 2$ cover, but most nights when it’s popping off, it’s totally worth it.  But the best of the best is a bar and grill called, Witch’s Rock.

Robert August, one of the legendary surfers from Endless Summer II, bought this plot of land way back in the 70s and has tuned this place into the best stretch of Tamarindo.

As apposed to Diria which has totally Americanized the beach, Robert August built a more Tico friendly spot for surfers to hang out.  Witch’s Rock is actually a brewery—they have an amazing Witch’s Rock Pale Ale, and a tasty Gato Malo dark ale.

There’s a band called Glass Eye that plays Witch’s Rock every Friday night from 5-8ish and they’re awesome.  If you only have one night in Tamarindo, I suggest you check out this spot, for it’s really the best that Tamarindo has to offer.

To Sum it Up: Trip To Tamarindo

tamarindo-costa-rica-surf-sunsetTamarindo is your most surf friendly, tourist packed town in all of Costa Rica.  Notoriously known as Tama Gringo, you’ll find more tourists than locals, making prices on food, drink, and stay more expensive than ever.

Though Tamarindo gets a bad reputation for housing so many tourists, it truly is one of the ore entertaining beach towns I’ve visited.

[box type=”info” size=”large” style=”rounded”]As a poor backpacking surfer, I lived in Tamarindo for 6 months and scraped by just fine. [/box]

If you avoid eating out every night, don’t break your surfboard, and drink the local rum, you’ll be able to have a nice cheap vacation in Tamarindo.

Overall, Tamarindo is a safe, colorful, lively town that is home to some of the most fun waves of the country.  Just remember to budget your funds and remember that everything is going to be a bit more expensive in Tamarindo.

Nearby Beaches (articles coming soon):

  • Playa Grande
  • Playa Langosta
  • Playa Avellana
  • Playa Flamingo

Surfing Playa Avellanas in Costa Rica

Surfing Playa Avellanas in Costa RicaSurfing Playa Avellanas – The Basics 

Tired of sharing a lineup with hundreds of other surfers?

You want to surf with the locals and earn some Tico respect—then may we suggest planning a trip to Costa Rica’s legendary, Playa Avellanas.

Located just 2 kilometers from nearby and tourist trap Tamarindo, Playa Avellanas boasts some of the most consistent waves in the entire country.  This beach is gnarly for so many different reasons, the power, the height, the speed, it’s exactly what you’re looking for in a wave.

I’ve surfed just about every beach in Costa Rica and I would without a doubt say that if you want a consistent wave that won’t disappoint, then there’s no better beach than Avellanas.

The best part of Avellanas is the fact that there’s basically zero tourism in the town, I mean, there isn’t much at all in the town.  You have your standard surf hostels, a few taco joints, and whole bunch of badass expat surfers.  I’d been surfing Playa Tamarindo for months before I discovered this little gem and when I looked out at the breaks, I literally shit myself.  The beach is so incredibly vast that it’s able to deliver 7 different points, yeah, 7 different points to shred.

Because Avellanas receives such epic swells, you can catch a tasty right or left, the choice is absolutely yours.  My personal favorite (and the locals will agree) is the wave that pushes out from the river mouth. Here is a video to get you stoked.


Locals have termed this wave “Little Hawaii”, and you can honestly get barreled there almost 300 days a year.  What people forget about Costa Rica is that you can surf every single day, regardless what the wind decides to do.  Of course, an onshore or cross shore wind aren’t going to be ideal, but you can definitely find a few fun jibs regardless of the wind direction.

 Surfing Playa Avellanas in Costa Rica – The Waves

Tons of people flock to Costa Rica to do all sorts of surf related activities.  Whether you’re a first timer, intermediate, semi-pro, or SUP bro, you’ll find your happy place in Avellanas.  Unlike some of the local only beaches around the world, Ticos (Costa Ricans) are incredibly warm to foreign surfers.  As long as you don’t drop in on their waves or snag them in a lineup, you’ll keep your limbs—just kidding! Costa Rica is by far the safest country in Central America.

I can’t stress the abundance of surf points enough.  Because there’s seven points to surf, you rarely have to sit in the water and wait for some Chad to get his wave.  For the more experienced surfers, you should head north in the beach to the river mouth and catch the wave known as “Little Hawaii”.

If you’re entering the beach from the public parking lot, then just head as far right as you can.  Trust me, you’ll see that bad boy breaking in the distance.  Also, if you’re like me, and like to explore, you’ll find there’s a secret little dirt path that veers off the main road.

If you take that road (not fit for cars), you’ll find yourself right in front of this epic wave and definitely far away from the crowds.  I’ve seen this wave top 12 feet before, but most days you’re looking at a height anywhere between 4 and 8 feet.

Playa Avellanas Costa Rica

In addition, though most days the wave in front of Lola’s tends to stay pretty small, you can go barrel hunting steps from the parking lot.  This spot, known as “El Parquet”, normally adheres to a lot of the beginners and intermediates, but surely anyone can have fun riding that wave.

There’s a ton of surf lessons going on over here, so if you don’t want to dodge the New Jersey vacationers, then I would stay away from this break.

As you move down the beach, you’ll find a handful of other waves breaking, so you really can judge what you want to ride for the day.

La Purruja breaks over a reef and is popular with the more advanced surfers, El Estero is a consistent break and its peak allows for perfect lefts and rights.  There isn’t a strong current or a gnarly reef below where you’ll be surfing, so don’t be scarred to rip it.  Avellanas is always working, but the best conditions are going to be at high tide rolling in, or mid tide.

Nearby Beaches

  • Playa Tamarindo
  • Playa Grande
  • Playa Negra
  • Playa Langosta
  • Marbella (this place is epic)

The Town – Playa Avellanas

A few things to remember about Avellanas is that it’s not your typical lavish, all inclusive surf destination.  You won’t find Taco Bells or fancy resorts, it’s much more Ma & Pa vibe over there.

The majority of people who come and surf Avellanas for vacation find themselves either renting a beach house, sleeping in a hostel, or for the rich folk, staying at the JW Marriott just a bit north of Playa Avellanas.

Though the Marriott has its own private beach and a golf course, I’m a huge fan of supporting the local Ticos that are trying to fill their beds.  With smaller accommodation options, you’ll find that your dollar goes much further.

Local fruit and vegetable vendors will pull up their donkeys right on the beach and you can buy a backpack full of produce for under 5$.  But be careful, these guys will try to overprice some of their products if you look like a total Gringo, so try speaking a little Spanish.  Even if you don’t know any Spanish, you’ll get much more respect if you at least try to engulf yourself in the Tico culture.

As far as the town of Avellanas goes, there’s not much, but there is enough.  You can grab bite to eat at the famous Lola’s Bar & Grill, a place where almost everyone hangs out at after a day of surfing.

Beers are normally 1-2$, drinks are a bit more, and burgers are 5$.  The people that work at Lola’s are all legends; I’ve rolled in there with 25 cents and offered to tell jokes for beers, they’ll hook it up if you seem like a good person.

The Beach Box serves up organic breakfast and dinner tacos at about 2-4$/each.  Unfortunately there’s not much more food options in Avellanas, so family style dinners at hostels are huge here.

There are two market stores, where you can buy anything from pancake mix to toilet plungers, so don’t fret if you run out of something.

How to Get Here To Playa Avellanas

Due to its remoteness, getting to Avellanas can be challenging to some, but it’s easy if you know what you’re doing.  If you’re flying into San Jose, then either get a private shuttle (they’ll take you straight to Avellanas), or hop on a bus to Santa Cruz or Tamarindo.

From Santa Cruz, you can connect to the Avellanas bus, or take the 5$ shuttle from Tamarindo to Avellanas.  There’s a Santa Cruz-Avellanas bus early in the morning and one right before sunset.  The Tamarindo-Avellanas shuttle leaves every 2 hours from 8am-6pm.

Where to Stay in Playa Avellanas

Draco’s Surf Camp Costa Rica

JW Marriott:  This is a great option for families, or rich people, because you have all the amenities of a resort, but are located very close to an epic surf beach.  This hotel is going to run 400+/night, but worth it if you have the funds.

Draco’s Surf Camp:  This is without a doubt the best option for backpackers, families, or groups, because it has it all.  8+ bedrooms, a cooled pool, outdoor shower, lounge area, huge kitchen, air conditioning, basically everything you’d want when you’re in Costa Rica.

David, a great friend of mine happens to own and run this place.  Tell him that Jason sent you and I guarantee he’ll give you a little discount.

Generally, dorm beds are 15$/night and private rooms with A/C and bathrooms are 40$/night.  David runs this place like a bed and breakfast, so feel free to throw on your tunes, slice a mango, and lounge in one of the hammocks.

Hotel Mediterraneo:  Cozy little hotel/hostel type accommodation.  Fairly cheap, clean, and definitely safe.

Cabinas Las Olas: A tiny surf camp, located about a 5 minute walk from the beach.  You’ll be able to meet a bunch of other surf travelers and hot yoga girls here, if you don’t stay at Draco’s this is the place to be.  Dorm beds are between 10-20$/night.

Los Altos de Eros: A more luxurious and romantic option, probably not the best for surf bums. They say on their site, “We are hurricane proof and we don’t have drug wars. Good start!” They claim to be a 5-Star Costa Rica boutique hotel & spa resting on a 27 acre estate atop a small mountain with stunning views to the Pacific Ocean.

To Sum it Up 

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If you love surfing, hate line ups, and aren’t afraid to get frog house barreled, then a trip to Playa Avellanas is definitely a good choice.  There’s a ton of surf able beaches in the vicinity, so if you want to switch things up, it’s more than possible.