Image of the innovative new Thule 527 Paceline fork bike rack.
Image of the new Thule 819 Portage universal canoe rack.
Image of the all-new Thule 811 SUP Shuttle carrier for stand-up paddleboards and surfboards.
Summer is short, and Thule knows there isn’t a moment to spare when it’s time to get outside. That’s why they’ve just released several outstanding new products in their bicycle and watersport carrier lines: the Thule 811 SUP Shuttle, Thule 527 Paceline bike rack, and Thule 819 Portage canoe carrier.
The Thule 811 SUP Shuttle pads and straps set is a versatile and value-packed way to carry one or two stand-up paddleboards (or other watersport boards). The SUP Shuttle comes with FlipFit mounting hardware that cleverly reverses to fit either factory or aftermarket styles of rooftop cross bar, and telescoping base pads that contour to the specific width of your board (up to 34” wide). The SUP Shuttle also includes easily-adjustable rack straps with wrap-around padding and buckle bumpers for scratch-free security.
The Thule 527 Paceline roof-mount bike carrier takes convenience and style to a new level. This sleek bicycle rack offers a corrosion-resistant aluminum tray with a low-profile design, ratcheting strap and high-wall wheel tray for optimal fit and security, and mounts that fit most round, square, or factory cross bars right out of the box. But the crowning feature on the Thule Paceline is the one-handed accessibility of the precision dial, which automatically clamps to the bicycle fork to deliver the optimal hold for secure, worry-free travel.
The Thule 819 Portage canoe brackets boast improved performance and simpler operation thanks to the FlipFit cross bar mounts that are compatible with virtually all round/square/aero/factory roof racks and the ramped gunwale stops that help the canoe slide up over the brackets and easily into place on the cross rails. Cushioning on the stops provides added protection, while the included bow/stern and load straps make tying the boat a cinch.
Image of 2008 Cadillac SRX raised rails with cartop rack basket and load bar pads, featuring the Thule 450 CrossRoad base rack with 50" bars, the Thule 690xt MOAB roof basket, and two pairs of Thule 801 surf pads.
This cartop basket and pads on Thule cross bars for a 2008 Cadillac SRX is a great system for transporting any gear imaginable.
Are your family trips to the beach getting a bit cramped? We’re willing to bet this customer hasn’t had to ride with their feet on a cooler or a duffel bag of wet swim gear in their lap since they installed this great luggage basket and cross rail pads on a car rack for 2008 Cadillac SRX parallel rails. Now they can fit all of their gear on the roof of their vehicle, leaving plenty of room inside the car for passengers to stretch out. This system begins with the Thule 450 CrossRoad base system, using four 450 CrossRoad feet and two 50” load bars. This roof rack mounts directly onto the raised side rails on this Cadillac, creating a stable and multi-purpose car rack. Then, a Thule 690xt MOAB cargo basket is attached to the load bars. The MOAB basket comes with universal mounting hardware that is compatible on both factory or round/square cross bars, a custom front fairing to deflect wind and reduce noise, and adjustable cross bars that attach to the basket rails, allowing additional rack accessories to connect over top of the basket. Next, this customer put these basket cross bars to good use, adding two sets of Thule 801 Surf Pads. Now they’re set to carry surfboards, SUPs, windsurfers, kayaks, canoes, and lots more.
To find out more, head to the Thule CrossRoads car rack with MOAB basket and Surfboard Pads on elevated side rails for a 2008 Cadillac SRX installation page.
Image of the terrific new Yakima 8004070 rooftop rack pads for SUPs, sailboards, surfboards, etc.
Image of the great new Yakima 8004071 aero rooftop rack pads for SUPs, sailboards, surfboards, etc.
Check out these convenient, versatile, and affordable new Yakima cross rail pads for carrying stand-up paddleboards, windsurf boards, kayaks, surfboards, sailboards, and other watersport systems: the Yakima 8004070 SUP Cross Bar Pads and the Yakima 8004071 SUP Cross Bar Aero Pads. The SUP Cross Bar Pads are designed for use with aftermarket round/square cross bars from brands like Thule, Inno, or Yakima, while the SUP Aero Pads work with aero-style cross bars including Thule AeroBlade, Whispbar models, and most factory roof rack bars. Both sets of pads are 30″ long, sold in pairs, and feature heavy-duty nylon construction that is UV-resistant and highly durable and Velcro closure that holds securely to the cross bars but is also painless to remove or install. A pair of cargo straps (available separately) is needed to secure board or boat onto rack. The Yakima cross bar pads are a straightforward, budget-friendly alternative to other SUP/surfboard/kayak carriers, and feature Yakima’s time-tested quality and performance.
Image of the versatile new Yakima SUP TailGate Pad for use with canoes, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, surfboards, windsurfers, etc.
And here's a nice shot of the built-in, adjustable straps to secure the pad onto the pickup truck and the board or boat onto the pad.
When the sun is shining and you’re ready to be paddling or surfing, there’s no time to hassle with how to get your board or boat to the water. Instead, consider a simple, reliable option like this newly-released Yakima 8004072 SUP TailGate Pad. The SUP TailGate Pad is designed for transporting stand-up paddleboards, windsurf boards, kayaks, surfboards, sailboards, canoes, and other types of boards/boats on the tailgate of any pickup truck. It features a 30″ pad with heavy-duty nylon fabric that is UV-resistant and highly durable, which slips over the top of the truck’s tailgate; a built-in SupSnap cam strap to tighten gear in place on the pad; a pair of easy-install loop straps with rust-resistant and no-scratch fasteners that thread through the gap between tailgate and truck bed for a dependable, secure fit; and a breathable mesh bag for storing or carrying the TailGate pad when it’s not being used. Plus, the TailGate Pad also doubles as a handy carrying pad for ladders, lumber, or other long materials when it’s time for projects off the water and around the house.
Image of a 2002 VW Eurovan with cartop cross bars and SUP holders, featuring the Yakima Q Tower roof rack with 58" cross bars and Q12 Clips, and Yakima cross bar pads and straps.
This stand up paddleboard strap rack on a 2002 Volkswagen Eurovan vehicle rack also works great for canoes, surfboards, kayaks, and more!
How do you get your stand-up paddleboards or surfboards to the water when you’ve already packed seven people and one dog into your van? This customer has come up with a great solution, and sent us install pictures: a two SUP strap carrier with roof rack pads and cross bars for a 2002 Volkswagen Eurovan. First, they mounted the Q Tower roof rack on their ’02 Eurovan using four Q Towers, two sets of Q12 Clips, and a pair of 58″ cross bars. This is a solid base rack that can be used with a variety of rack products and boasts a weight capacity of 165 lbs, so it’s more than ready to carry stand-up paddleboards like the ones shown here. Next, this customer installed Yakima Cross Bar Pads on the 58″ bars, stacked their SUPs, and secured them with a pair of Heavy-Duty Straps. This configuration is perfect for any long load that can lie flat and be lashed directly to the roof rack, and the cross bars pads and straps with padded buckles will both keep boards or boats protected and secure. And to complete the system, this customer inserted a 4-pack of Yakima SKS lock cores into the Q Towers to lock the base rack to the rooftop. Now they have the ultimate vacation wagon ready to go!
For full details, visit the 2002 Volkswagen Eurovan roof rack with surfboard SUP kayak canoe pads and straps installation page.
Image of a double SUP surfboard roof rack on factory side bars for a 2010 Toyota FJ Cruiser, featuring two Thule 810 SUP Taxi racks and a Thule 450 Crossroads roof rack with LB65 bars on the FJ Cruiser roof basket.
This 2010 Toyota FJ Cruiser basket cross bars rack for stand-up paddleboards is the perfect way to transport your boards to the water.
Direct from Park City, Utah, customer A.M. sent these installation pics of a go-anywhere 2010 Toyota FJ Cruiser roof rack for SUP boards on a factory basket. A.M. installed the Thule 450 Crossroad car rack onto the side rails on their FJ Cruiser roof basket using four 450 Crossroad feet and a pair of LB65 cross bars. Not only are the 450 Crossroad feet one of the quickest and simplest to use towers on the market, but because they fit on virtually any raised side rail, they’re also a nice option if you’re thinking about switching vehicles in the future. Then, A.M. connected a couple of Thule 810 SUP Taxi mounts side-by-side on the 65″ load bars. The SUP Taxi carries one or two stand-up paddleboards, and features Speed-Link mounting brackets that offer super-fast connection to most cross bars–factory and aftermarket styles alike–and telescoping cradle pads that contour to fit the specific shape of your board. It also includes locking cam and steel-supported straps and lock cores/keys that allow the SUPs to be locked to the carrier and the carrier locked to the roof rack. Now A.M. has a terrific rack system for stand-up paddleboards, whether A.M. wants to take a solo trip to the water or chooses to bring along family and friends.
For complete details on this configuration, visit the Thule SUP Taxi on 450 Crossroad roof rack for 2010 Toyota FJ Cruiser basket installation page.
Image of a towing surfboard SUP trailer on a 2007 Subaru Forester with OEM cross rails gear container and kayak holders, featuring the Yakima Rack and Roll Trailer with 78" cross bars, trailer kickstand and spare tire kit, two pairs of Yakima BowDown kayak racks, and a cargo box.
This 2007 Subaru Forester roof rack for kayaks and luggage and receiver hitch cross bars trailer can fit everything for a family trip to the beach.
W.B. of Winchester, Tennessee has found the easiest way to carry surfboards, kayaks, gear, and friends or family all in one vehicle. They sent in these install pictures of their new Yakima Rack and Roll trailer for a 2007 Subaru Forester with Yakima BowDown kayak mounts and hardshell box on factory cross bars. W.B. installed the Yakima Rack and Roll Trailer with 78″ cross bars onto the standard 1-7/8″ hitch ball on the receiver hitch on their Subaru Forester, also wisely adding the Trailer Kickstand to allow the trailer to stay level when not connected, and the Trailer Spare Wheel for any unexpected problems on the road. The Yakima Rack and Roll is the superior trailer for carrying almost any type of gear accessory you’d normally install on cross bars. W.B. is using it to carry multiple surfboards, and as you can see from the photos loading will only mean lifting the boards a few feet, and the included shocks, light kit, and locking levers keep gear and trailer protected from rough roads, bad drivers, or curious thieves alike. This trailer can tow 250 lbs, and also comes with a handle for moving the trailer as a cart to get boats to the water or for off-season storage. Once W.B. got their towable surfboard trailer sorted out, they’ve moved on to kayaks and accessories, mounting two sets of Yakima BowDown J-cradles and a waterproof gear carrier onto the Forester factory cross bars. The BowDowns come with padded, foldable cradles that keep boats safe and stable without taking up excess space on the cross bars and also collapse down when boats aren’t being carried. All tie-down straps for one kayak are also included, and the BowDown is compatible with almost any style of cross bar (factory or Thule/Yakima/Inno). Finally, W.B. wedged a hard-sided cargo pod handily in between the kayak cradles. This luggage box gives W.B. a locking, waterproof way to carry everything else they’ll need, from PFDs to sleeping bags to camp stoves and groceries. It looks like this customer has everything covered–but in case you don’t there are also some excellent DIY receiver hitch mounts by CURT for a Subaru Forester.
To learn more, go to the multiple kayak surfboard SUP rack with luggage box on 2007 Subaru Forester OEM cross rails and tow-behind car rack trailer installation page.
Image of a stand-up paddleboard rack for 2010 Subaru Outback wagon OEM cross bars, featuring the Thule 810 SUP Taxi.
This Thule 810 SUP Taxi on cross bars for a 2010 Subaru Outback 5-door is perfect for carrying one or two stand-up paddleboards.
These customer install photos feature a great factory cross rail SUP holder for a 2010 Subaru Outback five-door, featuring the Thule 810 SUP Taxi installed directly onto the Subaru cross bars. For full install details, visit the 2010 Subaru Outback factory roof rack stand-up paddleboard mount installation page.
Image of four stand-up paddleboards on a Mini Cooper rooftop rack, featuring the Yakima Q Tower base system with 66" cross bars and two sets of Q Clip 78, and two Thule 810 SUP Taxi racks.
Here's a Mini Cooper cross bars rack for four SUPs, using the Yakima Q Tower roof rack and Thule 810 SUP Taxis.
It may be impossible to fit a stand-up paddleboard inside a Mini Cooper, but anything’s possible with this excellent SUP holders for Mini Cooper car rack–like carrying FOUR stand-up paddleboards. This customer installed a Yakima Q Tower roof rack on the Mini Cooper roofline using four Q Towers, two pairs of Q78 Clips, and two 66″ cross bars, and then mounted two Thule 810 SUP Taxi racks onto the cross bars. The Q Tower rack is versatile and easy to install, and the extra-long cross bars leave plenty of room for almost any gear accessories. The Thule 810 SUP Taxi racks are designed to carry one or two stand-up paddleboards each, and feature adjustable, padded cradles for a secure and protective fit. Steel-reinforced straps lash boards in place, and even lock for added security, locking the boards to the rack and the rack to the cross bars. Include a four-pack of Yakima SKS locks to lock the base rack to the vehicle, and this setup is ready to head to the water.
For more information, visit the Thule SUP Taxi racks with Yakima cross bars on a Mini Cooper installation page.
Image of an Inno roof rack surfboard SUP kayak locker on a 2012 Honda Fit, featuring the Inno IN-SU base rack with K358 fit hooks and B127 bars, and the Inno INA446 Locker watersport rack.
This is a great surfboard and SUP cartop rack for a 2010 Honda Fit.
A.J. of Atlanta, Georgia has a great new 2010 Honda Fit roof crossbars rack and watersport carrier for surfboards, stand up paddleboards, kayaks, canoes, and more. She installed an Inno IN-SU roof rack onto her 2010 Honda Fit, using four IN-SU stays, four K358 fit hooks, and a pair of 50″ B127 cross bars. She also installed an Inno INA446 Locker rack onto the B127 bars. The super-versatile INA446 locker is perfect for carrying stand up paddleboards, surfboards, kayaks, canoes, or even other long loads like ladders. It comes with pads and locking straps that keep a surfboard (or kayak, SUP, etc.) secure in transit and also locked onto the carrier. The IN-SU roof rack also comes with locks and keys to lock the stays to the vehicle roof. Now A.J. can transport gear for any watersport worry-free!
For full details, visit the Locking Surfboard Carrier and Cross Bars on a 2010 Honda Fit installation page.
Image of a pontoon boat rail watersport rack featuring the Thule 810 SUP Taxi on a 2011 Bennington 2275 RCW pontoon boat.
This is a creative and convenient way to carry a stand-up paddleboard on a pontoon boat: the Thule 810 SUP Taxi on a 2011 Bennington 2275 RCW.
Here’s an install you don’t see every day. This customer used a stand-up paddleboard rack on a 2011 Bennington 2275 RCW pontoon boat for a creative but practical watersport carrier for watercraft. This Thule 810 SUP Taxi rack for stand-up paddleboards is mounted onto the rails on this customer’s pontoon boat. The SUP Taxi can carry one or two boards and the steel-reinforced straps and included locks and keys provide maximum security, locking boards to the rack and the rack to the pontoon boat. Plus, the universal mounting hardware means this SUP Taxi will not only install on the boat, but also on virtually any factory or aftermarket vehicle roof rack if this customer decides to take a road trip.
For more information, visit the 2011 Bennington 2275 RCW Pontoon Boat Stand Up Paddleboard Rack installation page.
Image of a 2007 Infiniti G35x Thule car rack SUP kite board surf board rack, featuring the Thule 480 Traverse roof rack (with LB50 bars and Fit Kit 1551), and the Thule 810 SUP Taxi.
This Infiniti SUP kite surf board carrier for Thule roof cross bars is a great way to transport your gear to the water!
Thule products are known for performance and versatility, and during a recent rack installation, customer D.C. of Manhasset, New York discovered just how accurate Thule’s great reputation is. D.C. installed this roof rack SUP rack for kite boards on a 2007 Infiniti G35x, using the Thule 480 Traverse roof rack and 810 SUP Taxi stand-up paddleboard rack. The 480 Traverse roof rack mounts to this 2007 Infiniti G35x roofline using Fit Kit 1551 and 50″ load bars, and the 810 SUP Taxi attaches directly onto the Thule cross bars. Not only is the Thule 810 SUP Taxi ideal for stand-up paddleboards, as the name implies, but it’s also great for kite boards, as D.C.’s pictures show. The 810 SUP Taxi can carry one or two boards, and padded cradles and steel-reinforced straps keep them stable and protected. The 810 SUP Taxi comes with locks and keys already included to secure the boards to the carrier and the carrier to the car–throw in a Thule 544 4-pack of locks to lock the base rack feet to the vehicle roof and the setup is complete.
For more information on this configuration, check out the 2007 Infiniti G35x roof rack SUP kite board carrier installation page.
Image of 2000 Subaru Forester Stand Up Paddleboard Rack including Inno INA446 surfboards-SUP rack
This Inno INNA446 SUP-surfboard rack for a 2000 Subaru Forester with factory rack cross bars is great for carrying surfboards or stand up paddleboards / SUPs on top of a Forester – it comes with locks and keys which lock the the surfboards inside the carrier and lock the carrier to the vehicle at the same time.
Complete 2000 Subaru Forester SUP carrier installation details…
Q: I Need advice on a SUP rack- I have a 2008 chevy suburban with the standard top bars on it (running length of truck). I need one for two SUP’s at least.
A: You first need a base rack system which will provide you with a pair of crossbars that you can then attach an SUP carrier to. Your Suburban has side rails, so a good option for a base rack that attaches to side rails would be the Thule 45058 Crossroad system or for a more aerodynamic set up, you could go with the new Thule 450R Crossroad System with AeroBlade cross bars.
Once that is in place, you are free to attach your SUP carrier.The Thule 810 SUP taxi is a great choice as is the Inno INA 446 Canoe/Kayak/SUP carrier. Both are lockable and both with fit either choice of load bars!
Picture of the all-new INA446 Inno SUP / Kayak / Canoe Locker for use as a stand-up paddleboard rack, kayak rack, canoe rack and more. Universally fits factory roof rack crossbars as well as base rack systems from Inno, Yakima, Whispbar, Thule and more.
Image of the INA445 Inno SUP / Kayak / Canoe Locker - an economical version of the INA446 and does not include the car rack cross bar pads.
Now available from Inno Racks dealers in the United States and Canada are the new, improved versions of the famously popular Inno INA444 SUP / Kayak / Canoe Locker – the Inno Racks INA446 SUP / Kayak / Canoe Locker and the Inno INA445 SUP / Kayak / Canoe Locker – both feature innovative updates that allow for even more factory roof rack cross bar fits, more robust theft prevention and better protection and stability of equipment during transport. Instead of a pair of foam blocks (included with the INA444), the INA446 version now includes a pair of crossbar pads that deliver superior ease of loading and unloading and wear-restistance that’ll last a lifetime. The INA445 version does not include rack pads and is targeted as a more value priced option for users that do not need rack pads for added equipment protection, ease of loading / unloading or increased prevention of lateral shifting of gear during transport (also a great option for users that already own a pair of car rack cross bar pads or foam blocks). Both models feature redesigned locking rack straps that deliver increased protection from theft of gear or the rack itself when left unattended. They also feature universal clamp hardware that fits even more factory racks as well as any after-market base rack system crossbars from Inno Racks, Yakima Racks, Whispbar Racks, Thule Racks and more. The Inno INA446 Locker and Inno INA445 Locker are the most versatile watersport carriers available on the market today and work equally well for hauling any canoe, kayak, stand-up paddleboard ( SUP ), surfboard (both short and long boards), windsurfer, wakeboard etc. Works great as a ladder rack as well. The integrated ratcheting mechanism makes it an effortless process to tighten the straps around the gear, and the included Inno locks and keys ensure everything is safe and secure from anyone stealing your gear or the rack itself. They both also adjust to any width along the cross bars to custom fit the item(s) you are carrying.
Picture of the all-new Thule 810 Sup Taxi stand up paddleboard rack.
Picture of the all new Thule 809 Double Decker surfboard rack.
Capitalizing on the stand-up paddleboard wave of popularity (ahem, pun intended) spreading across the U.S.A. and Canada, Thule Racks has launched some great new products to cover all stand-up paddle rack needs and budgets. And, at the same time, Thule also released new surfboard racks to fit a variety of price points and transport needs. For SUP racks, there is the Thule 810 SUP Taxi stand-up paddleboard rack. It features a long list of premium features, such as the new SpeedLink universal mounting system that works on any roof rack crossbars including factory racks,any crossbars from Thule, Whispbar, Yakima, Inno and more. The Thule Racks 810 SUP Taxi standup paddle board rack also has telescoping adjustment to fit all sizes of stand-up paddle boards. And the premium padding totally cushion the SUP too. You can stack multiple SUP’s as well. The coolest feature is the integrated locking system that locks the stand-up paddleboards and also the 810 Thule SUP Taxi itself to the vehicle. The Thule 809 Double Decker surfboard rack is very similar to the 810 SUP Taxi, but is designed specifically for surfboards, both short boards and longboards, and also windsurf boards. Also includes the Thule SpeedLink universal mount hardware and telescopting adjustment. Finally, for a cheap surfboard rack and cheap stand-up paddleboard rack solution, Thule Racks now offers a series of rack surf pads that fit both factory racks (803 Surf Pads are 18″ long and 804 Surf Pads are 24″ long) and also aftermarket roof rack crossbars from Thule, Inno, Yakima, Whispbar etc. (801 Surf Pads are 18″ long and 802 Surf Pads are 24″ long). The Thule 531 Express Surf Straps serve as great surfboard straps and stand up paddleboard straps for use with the rack pads.
Related press releases included for complete details and information:
PRWeb: New Thule Stand-Up Paddleboard Racks and Thule Surfboard Racks
PRLeap: Now Available from Thule Racks, Surfboard Racks and Stand-Up Paddleboard Racks
24-7 PressRelease: Thule 810 SUP Taxi SUP Rack and Thule 809 Double Decker Surfboard Rack Released
Picture of the Thule 808 Surf TailGate Pad, part of Thule Racks new surfboard rack and stand-up paddleboard rack product line-up. Allows you to carry SUP's, surf boards and sailboards in a pickup truck bed.
A nifty new product for carrying stand-up paddleboards, windsurfers and surfboards in any pickup truck bed, the Thule 808 Surf TailGate Pad works as a superb cheap surfboard rack and stand-up paddle board rack. Features two straps sewn into the ends of the surf pad, and they wrap around the tailgate to secure the surf pad in place on top of the tailgate. Then simply place any surfboard, sailboard, SUP (or a ladder, lumber etc.) in the pick-up truck bed and on the Thule 808 Surf TailGate Pad. Tighten the rack strap to ensure the board is in place and that is all there is to it, you are ready to head on down the highway to your favorite water playground.
Picture of the Thule 531 Express Surf Strap (sold as a pair) for effectively protecting and holding place a surfboard, stand-up paddleboard, windsurfer & more on any roof rack cross bars. Makes a great, cheap surfboard rack or SUP rack when combined with a pair of rack pads.
Thule Racks has thoughtfully worked to develop an entire line of surf carrier products to meet every customer budget and need. Representing the economy, entry-level option is the Thule 531 Express Surf Strap (packaged and sold as a pair), which delivers a superior solution to regular car rack straps for strapping down and solidly holding in place a surfboard, stand-up paddleboard, windsurf board and more. You can also carry multiple boards stacked on top of each other. The Thule 531 Express Surf Straps have a stretchy bungee design for quickly and efficiently cinching down in place the SUP, surfboard or sailboard on the roof rack. They work on any car rack cross bars including factory racks, Thule, Inno, Yakima roof rack crossbars etc. An excellent, value-priced and cheap surfboard rack and cheap stand-up paddleboard rack solution when combined with a pair of rack pads such as the new Thule 801 / 802 Surf Pads for Thule square bars, Yakima round bars and other square or round cross bars from after-market car rack manufacturers or the Thule 803 / 804 Surf Pads for factory racks, Thule Rapid Aero bars, Thule 422XT Xsporter truck rack bars and other ‘aero’ shaped car rack crossbars.
Photo of the Thule 803 Surf Pads and Thule 804 Surf Pads, designed specifically for use on factory racks, Thule Rapid Aero load bars, Thule 422XT Xsporter truck rack bars etc. Ideal cor carrying SUP's, surfboards, windsurf boards etc.
- Picture of the Thule 801 Surf Pads and Thule 802 Surf Pads, Thule Racks new rack pads designed for carrying surfboards, sailboards, stand-up paddleboards and other gear on Thule square load bars, Yakima round cross bars etc.
Thule Racks has gone back to the drawing board and completely redesigned and released a new series of roof rack pads for carrying stand-up paddleboards, windsurfers, surfboards, canoe, kayak and more. The rack pads are available in two different styles, the Thule 801 Surf Pads / Thule 802 Surf Pads and the Thule 803 Surf Pads / Thule 804 Surf Pads. The 801 (18 inches in length) and 802 (24 inches in length) are designed to mount to the standard Thule rack square load bars, Yakima round cross bars, Inno cross bars etc. The 803 (18 inches in length) and 804 (24 inches in length) are meant for using on factory racks, Thule Rapid Aero bars, Thule 422XT Xsporter truck rack crossbars and other ‘aero’ shaped cross bars. Using the surf pads in combination with a pair of rack straps or the Thule 531 Express surf straps is a solid, economical way to carry standup paddle boards, surfboards, windsurfers, kayak, canoe etc.
Q:I have a 31″ wide stand up paddle board (like a surf board) and was told that I’d need to use the INA444 system. I have some questions regarding the rack and the foam blocks.
- Are they needed for a stand up paddle board?
- Are they supposed to be left in place even when not carrying
anything on the rack?
- Is this system safe for drive through car washes?
A: The Inno INA444 is definitely the rack to get for SUP boards, and the foam pads are not required and we don’t recommend leaving them on for transit without a board on them. They can come off in wind if not strapped down tightly. As for the car wash, self serve wand style are okay but don’t use the automatic roller/brush ones as they can rip off racks!
Q: If I were to use this with a 31″ wide SUP, would I need to also purchase board pads if I didn’t want to use the foam block it comes with?
A: It will be good idea to have some type of padding on the crossbar, not only for cushion but to provide some friction to prevent slipping of the board while in transit. So while not required, we do recommend use of such pads.
Q: I noticed that the new INA745 doesnt even require tools to attach to the vehicle. Is the INA444 the same way or does it still require hexwrenches to install? I’m going back and forth between INA444 and the integrated locking surf carrier from Steelcore because it seems easier to move between vehicles which I will need to do frequently. My board is 31″ wide by 4″ thick and sometimes we like to carry 2.
A: Good point regarding the ease of removal/attachment, the INA444 does require wrenches but remember it locks whereas the INA745 does not. The locking ability and the fact that you can adjust it to anywhere on the bar seems to make the INA444 the product of choice now.
Last I knew the INA745 would not be available for quite some time. As for the Steelcore, it is more rudimentary and while may work a bit easier from car to car, we’ve had some problems with the ability to tighten the strap due to the intergrated steel cable.
Our recommendation is the INA444.
Now available from Yakima Racks is the all-new Yakima WaveHog stand-up paddle board rack and surfboard rack. Includes the Yakima SoulPad surf pads, Yakima RipCord locking rack straps and Yakima S.U.P. Brah tie-downs.
Yakima Racks has just released to to retailers the The Yakima WaveHog stand-up paddle board rack / surfboard rack complete system for carrying up to 3 surfboards, standup paddleboards or sailboards on vehicle roof rack cross bars. The Yakima WaveHog is a complete SUP / surfboard carrier package, as it includes the following three components (which are all available for purchase separately): The Yakima SoulPad surf pads, which are a pair of roof rack pads that can mount directly to any factory rack crossbars as well as any multipurpose base rack system cross bars from car rack manufacturers such as Yakima, Thule and Inno; The Yakima RipCord locking straps, which are a pair of super-duty lockable rack straps that include two Yakima locks with keys for locking the stand-up paddle boards, surfboards and windsurfers to the roof rack; The Yakima S.U.P. Brah tie-downs are a pair of straps for securing and stabilizing the front and rear of stand up paddle boards, windsurf boards and surfboards while transporting them on the car roof top.