Surfboard on a Plane

Going on a surf trip to Africa you most likely need to cay your surfbard on a plane. The fees vary much from company to company though. Travelling with a surfboard is pretty easy but often you have to pay extra for the odd size luggage. Here you can see what the airlines flying to Africa is charging to carry your surfboard along on the flight.

Remember ALWAYS to double check at the airline website before you go or book!

Air France

Free as checked luggage (except on Economy Mini and Basic) when under 200 cm. Remember to have a customer service approval prior to your travel.


British Airways

British airways accept a board bag as checked baggage if it is under 23 kg and under 190 cm.


Delta Airlines

Delta Airlines will charge you 100-50 US$ depending on your route, and max 2 boards in a bag. No more than 115 inch in lenght and 32 kg.



Emirates will accept wind surfboards as checked baggage and part of your standard baggage allowance as long as the dimension is under 118 inch.



Iberia will accept board bag as part of allowence for long haul flights now.



KLM will accept board bag as part of allowence for long haul flights now when under 300 cm and 23 kg.



Luftahansa will charge more for items longer than 158 cm. 50-100 EUR per leg.



Sports bags is included in your checked baggage allowance but you might need to purchase an extra bag. Under 2,7 m and 32 kg.


Royal Air Maroc

Royal Air Maroc chrges 150 EUR for a boardbag between 157 and 203 cm to Africa.


South African Airways

South African Airways allows a free extra bag if it is a surfbag not eceeding 200 cm. More than 2 surf bags and you have to go by cargo.


Swiss Air

You can bring your surfboard if you fly with Swiss Air for 100 EUR if your bag is shorter than 200 cm.



You can bring your surfboard flying with TAP. It will cost you 50 EUR up to 2m and 100 EUR for longer boardbags per leg.


United Airlines

You can bring one boardbag with United Airlines and it will cost you 200 EUR each way. Bend over…


Other Airlines

There are other companies servicing Africa like Egypt Air and Ethiopian Airlines. These companies don’t have standardized rules for surfboards so you have to contact them for your individual travels.

Remember to guard your surfboard carefully as many baggage handlers in Africa (and other places for that matter) don’t know just how fragile a surfboard is.

Sometimes the staff don’t even know the rules – so it can be a good idea to bring the rules or email correspondence with the airline (about your boardbag) with you to the airport.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: recommends that you check up with your airline company before ordering your ticket as these guidelines can change over time and even from airport to airport.