How Headache Racks Can Stop your Surfboard

By: Tim Saunier

I am a 24 year old student and live in San Diego. And like the most guys here I have just one passion: Surfing. I started surfing when I was 10 and when I think back to my earlier years, I have to admit that it was not fun. I broke my arm twice, my right leg once and hundreds of stomach injuries after failed attempts to catch waves at just the right time. Since then, a lot has changed. I don't want to show off but now I am one of the best surfers here in this sunshine state.

Although I think that surfing is one of the best sports in the world, I have to admit that it is not fun unless you are very good. Although I love surfing, it gets in the way of my busy schedule. First of all, you often neglect activities you are supposed to do for your apartment for example. I don't know exactly how often I have forgotten to clean the dishes or wash my clothes, but let's just say it's a lot. And when I leave the office at 5 pm I have just one goal: to go to the beach as soon as possible and everything that has had a negative influence will be forgotten.

And cleaning up the plates falls under this category without a doubt. Another negative factor from my surfing passion is my transportation. I often have two boards with me when I go surfing because I have to choose different boards depending on the conditions of the waves; a small board for big waves and a long board for smaller waves. You can imagine that the handling of two boards is difficult; especially when you want to make sure your boards don't get damaged.

Regarding these transportation problems, I don't mean just the walking down to the water after parking the car. Part of the problem is how I transport the boards in my truck. I have a big truck so there is enough space for storing them, but last week something very weird happened. I was driving to the beach, cruising around 40 mph, and suddenly the car in front of me stopped out of nowhere! Of course I had to break immediately and guess what happened. Correct, my long board ran through my back window and tons of glass pieces shattered in my car. After this experience I decided to change my transportation. Surely there was no way to transport the boards without the truck, so I had to change something with the truck itself. After a little research, I found tons of truck accessories. I found a back window protector called a headache rack, which could be the solution to my transportation problem. So I bought a headache rack yesterday and recognized that my headache rack mounts directly onto my truck's stake pockets without the need for drilling. Beside that, the installation was very easy and this evening I used my new truck accessory and solved my problem. I think I have made a great decision to improve my truck's protection. Otherwise I would always be scared of having another accident because of some jerk that can't drive. Now even if I do get in an accident, I don't have to worry that my boards will suddenly become a weapon that can break my neck.

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