Surf Boarding Your Next Flight: Air Travel and Surfboards

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Innovative Australian business, Gold Coast Surfboards, has recently launched a new concept in surfboard hire, responding to the growing resistance from airlines in checking through surfboards as luggage on flights.

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Innovative Gold Coast business Gold Coast Surfboards (http://www.goldcoastsurfboards.com.au) has recently launched a new concept in surfboard hire, responding to the growing resistance from airlines in checking through surfboards as luggage on flights.

November 6, 2007 was an historic day for surfers, as it marked the day that British Airways banned surfboards from all flights due to their "large size and handling complexities". Since then, many other airlines have taken similar action, banning boards over certain sizes, or making the cost of including them as luggage prohibitive. It is common today that the cost of flying your surfboard to Australia's Gold Coast is more than what you paid for the board.

Gold Coast Surfboards, recognising this trend, have developed their marquee surfboard hire service. You can now hire a surfboard which closely matches the one you ride at home, for your entire holiday. The wide range of surfboards on offer (Our range of boards can be reviewed here: http://www.goldcoastsurfboards.com.au/surfboards.htm) is extensive enough to cater for most surfers' needs. If however, there is not a surfboard available which matches your board at home, for a small additional fee and 2 weeks notice, Gold Coast Surfboards will find a board that matches your specifications and purchase it so it is available for you to hire.

"It's about bringing service to surf board hire," says Damian Papworth from Gold Coast Surfboards, "Which is why we also offer a delivery and pick up service for our clients. We just want to make sure that the only thing travelling surfers need to worry about when they get to the Gold Coast, is where they surf today."

There are a number of other frustrations travelling surfers face, including

  •     Damage to surfboards which are carried as luggage on airplanes
  •     Hire shops only hiring out poor quality or learner boards
  •     Hire shops only hiring out on a short term basis (hourly or daily)
  •     Hire shops only opening at 9am, when the best surf is finished for the day
  •     Hire shops not allowing customers to travel outside the locality of the shop

The Surfboard Hire concept at Gold Coast Surfboards effectively resolves all such frustrations for travelling surfers. "Our clients feel like they have their own surfboard with them for their entire holiday, when they hire one of ours," says Damian Papworth.

For more information about this service, visit http://www.GoldCoastSurfboards.com.au or call Damian on +61432 742 560.

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