A little while ago we made the decision to downsize our second vehicle. The decision made sense for plenty of reasons – a smaller car is easier to park, not as thirsty on fuel, better for the environment and doesn’t cost you the world if you splash out on a couple of optional extras.
Now leather seats, Apple Carplay, adaptive cruise control and 17 inch alloys are pretty darn cool…but so is fitting a surfboard in the boot for a quick run to the beach! And unfortunately that’s one thing that smallers cars aren’t great at. Sure you can put your board on the roof racks (well, that’s if you can be bothered with throwing over the straps, looping them back around and then tensioning those fiddly buckles….and of course if you are okay with the risk of someone easily pinching your board).
But there is a solution, and the good news is, it was invented right here on the Gold Coast. It’s called Lock Rack and it’s a game-changer for absolutely anyone who puts boards on roofs. I came across the Lock Rack a few years ago when I was looking for a quick and easy way to get my SUP around. It’s a light-weight accessory that easily mounts to the majority of roof racks, suited to boards of all shapes, size and quantities. Lock Rack has a patented ‘push-and-lock’ system that can only be released with your key, keeping your board secure while driving, or while you are in the pub recounting that 8 second barrel with your mates.
Once you have it dialed, it only takes 10 seconds for you to secure a board to your roof using Lock Rack.
I’m now using the wider Lock Rack for my SUP and a narrower one shortboards and my kids’ 8ft foamie, and I’d honestly never go back to surfboard tie-downs on this car.
Not only can I get the boards secured to the roof in record time, but there are other benefits over carrying your board inside the car; the sand and saltwater stays outside, bootspace is freed up and you can carry plenty more boards with the variety of attachments and configurations available.
With the Lock Rack being so convenient and secure, I reckon they’re a no-brainer for anyone who is looking to their car’s roof as their primary mode of board transport.