Shipping a Surfboard: Safety and Expense concerns
August 7, 2014 1:49 PM Subscribe
I'd like to ship a 9 foot longboard from Florida to Arizona. No, I'm not pre-planning for global warming + rising ocean = oceanfront property in Arizona.
posted by MansRiot to Grab Bag (4 answers total)
For the sake of argument, this surfboard contains a lot of nostalgia. I've had it since high school and use it whenever I visit home. Further, it is both broad and hefty, which bodes well for using it as a stand-up paddle board (SUP) on the lakes/rivers in my area; having it means not buying an expensive SUP.
I would like to ship it from Sarasota, FL to Flagstaff, AZ. There is flexibility on either end. I need some ideas on how to do so without spending what a new longboard or SUP would cost.
I have checked with all relatives who frequently fly between FL and AZ. The earliest chance at them taking it on the airplane isn't until May 2015.
I've shipped bulky items with greyhound in the past at a surprisingly low cost, but their maximum package length is 82 inches (I'd need 108 inches.)
I could go to a UPS store and have them build a custom box, then ship it, but I've been seriously ripped off by this type of store in the past (EG they tried to charge me $50 for a cardboard box that was 'crafted' by just combining two cardboard boxes.)
I could try calling the big moving companies in the attempt to find one coming my way?
I could put up a craigslist ad in the attempt to find someone who is road-tripping my way?
Any suggestions? Thank You!