If like me you struggle to carry your surfboard because your arms are short or you haven’t got the strength to carry the board on your head (which isn’t a good idea when its windy anyway), you’ll know how knackering it can be just to get your board down to the beach. You might have also tried carrying the board on your hip. Yep, I have done that too and it has put a real strain on my lower back setting the tone for a painful surf session which I have had to cut short.
That’s exactly how former 60’s US surf champion Linda Benson felt when she designed a nifty piece of kit to help her carry her board with ease. After being told by her doctor to stop carrying her board on her hip, she came up with ‘Rail Grabber’ – a durable UV resistant hook which is attached to an easy grip handle. It grips and cushions the board and is like an extension of your hand with no more painful stretching to wrap your hand around the rail.
Linda initially tried Rail Grabber with her surf school kids and it allowed them to carry their boards for the first time.
Last week during my trip to Cornwall, I used Rail Grabber every time I surfed and I can’t thank Linda enough for saving me from a painful back and dull ache in my arm. It is light, inconspicuous and although I can’t take it in the sea with me, I leave it in a hidden place on the beach. It’s ideal especially for those breaks where there is a hefty walk from your car.
So if you want to save your energy for an awesome surf, get yourself a Rail Grabber. You can order online and Linda ships internationally at a very speedy rate.
I’m stoked with mine and I wouldn’t go surfing without it!