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Flying British Airways? Leave Your Surfboard and Javelin at Home!!

Those poor British surfers. Beginning in November of last year, British Airways decided to stop carrying around certain pieces of sporting equipment due to….get this…’handling complexities.’ Of course, surfboards are right there on the list and therefore anyone choosing to fly the friendly skies with B.A. has to leave their quiver at home. Aside from surfboards, British Airways has also included these pieces of sporting equipment on their list of no-nos-

hang gliders
windsurfing boards and sails
kayaks or canoes
pole vaults

Any surfer will tell you carrying boards is a difficult and worrying process at best. The wait at any airport collection to see if your boards have made the journey in one piece is never a nice one. However, surfing in great waves on your own equipment is the best feeling you will have. The last thing you want to worry about while paddling out to an unknown break you’ve been reading and hearing about for years is breaking in a board you’ve never ridden.
I have a hard time believing that very many other airlines will follow suit and institute such a ridiculous ban. These days it’s almost impossible to even pry a second bag of dried-out peanuts out of the kung-fu grips of flight attendants. I say that’s fine, they can keep their nuts, just don’t make me paddle out to my dream-break for the first time on an unknown board!!

Posted by Cameron on Monday, January 28th, 2008 in Surfing.

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