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Tired of paying exorbitant fees to bring your little stick – let alone a longboard – to your favorite secret spot in Costa Rica? DailyStoke.com has found a great solution: the travel surfboard. The originators of the concept are the Pope family, from Ojai, California, and the owners of Pope Bisect.
I recently interviewed Thane Pope, son of Karl Pope (who came up with the travel surfboard idea in 1964.) As Thane explains: “My dad was a surfer and my mom was an Olympic Diver, so they traveled a lot together, including Australia.” Anyone who has seen The Endless Summer know that it would have been slightly difficult to lug around an 11 footer…”My dad and Tom Morey came up with a board that folded in three.” Nowadays, the Popes have capitalized on the demand for an alternative and are selling surfboards ranging from a 6'10” quad to – GASP! – Stand up paddleboards. SUPs are an ideal candidate for innovation to make them more compact. The Pope Bisect is really a range of travel surfboards that disassemble into two parts, and are held together by a clamp and a carbon fiber dowel linking the two sections.
A 9'6″ longboard will split into two 54 inch pieces, and the whole unit will fit into a 58 inch padded travel bag with strap that comes with your purchase. Pope says the whole thing can assemble in about two minutes the first time, and then about thirty seconds as you get better.
Says Pope: “We make the boards out of molded epoxy, and have gotten the weight down to about that of glassed board. In fact, our boards are much stronger than a glass board, because of the carbon fiber dowel that holds the pieces together.”
With about 6,000 travel surfboards by Pope on the market, you're in good company with your purchase. A 9'6″ longboard runs at around $1400 and can be purchased online. Ultimately, it's a great deal not to be forced to ride some water-logged, dinged and heavily kooked board for rent at an exotic secret spot. And better yet – buying a travel board like those on Pope Bisects can be your way of flipping the bird to Delta Airlines and Continental. And if the gate agent asks you what's inside, you can say it's a “Hang Ten” and they'll be none the wiser.
Note: We'll be providing a test drive and review in the coming weeks.