My surfmobile is a 2003 Honda Element AWD. Surfmobile #3 was a 2003 Nissan Frontier and was retired in September 2006. Surfmobile #2 was a 2001 Dodge Dakota Quad Cab and was retired in December 2003. Surfmobile #1 was a 1992 Dodge Caravan and was retired in 2001.
View from passenger side. I used a thin rack strap. Even with the doors completely closed you can still adjust and slide them.
Of course you might ask if there is enough head clearance for a passenger.
Plenty. I was sitting all the way up in the seat with the seat in the most upright position, and slid pretty far forward, with my glasses on my head. This should be the worst case possible.
Driver's side view 1 and...
Driver's side view 2 , showing detail of mast stowage. This is a 430 skinny.
Rear view showing complete mast. I can put two masts in there but I think a 430 is the longest I can store that way. The board is a 263.
And if I get lazy I can still just flop them on the roof as usual. This is an amazing little bread truck.
My collection of windsurfing gear includes/included:Previously owned: 199x Fanatic Lite Bat 325 (160L) SOLD 1995 Tiga ACR 275 (115L) SOLD 198x Fanatic Lite Bee 9'4" (120L) SOLD 198x Fanatic Ultra Mosquito 252 (73L) STOLEN 198x Fanatic Ultra Mamba 260 (80L) STOLEN 1998 Mistral Flow 276 (103L STOLEN 1996 Mistral Echo 298 (139L) STOLEN 1998 Mistral Screamer II 268 (95L) WARRANTY REPLACED BY: 1999 Mistral Flow 266 (96L) SOLD 198x Wave Riding Vehicles ~9'2" (~110L) SOLD 199x AHD 250 (~75L) SOLD 1998 Mistral Wave 253 (73L) SOLD 199x Gorge Animal ???? GIVEN AWAY 1996 Mistral Screamer 280 (103L) SOLD 1996 Mistral Echo 298 (139L) SOLD 1997 Mistral Screamer 263 (88L) RETIRED 2000 Open Ocean thruster 8'2" (~80L) RETIRED 2003 Mistral Switch 269 (107L) SOLD Currently own: 1996 Mistral Electron 263 (88L) 2004 Mistral Explosion 298 (135L) Ezzy skinny masts Chinook booms Chinook skinny Europin base extensions Chinook two-bolt bases Streamline tendons Pro-Limit Signature Wave waist harness and harness lines 2007 Ezzy Infinity 6.5 2007 Ezzy SE Wave 5.2 2006 Ezzy SE Wave 4.2
Accessories, as appropriate:Re-Dek for consistent skin removal Whisk brooms for sand removal (long and short) from the Lions Club Shortie by Rip Curl Long suit by Neil Pryde (I hate it) Unpowdered latex disposable gloves for the cold weather Aluminum downhaul tool (no plastic for me to break) Brain bucket when I want to look like the geek that I really am
Safety gear:Cellular phone to call Mona Lisa's for lunch delivery 5 watt VHF marine two-way radio for the next time I need a helicopter Lite Tracker emergency strobe so I can find myself in the dark Steiner Firebird II 8X30 weatherproof focus-free binoculars so others can find me when I drift out to sea Various lines so others can tow me back in Red emergency launch location strobe for night sailing or for "Starsky and Hutch" moods First aid kit complete with wound closures to fix me when I break me EMT training and 5 years ER experience (I now know how to dial 911)
For the shutterbugs:Canon EOS ID MKII N EF 50mm/f1.8 EF 50mm/f2.5 macro EF 17-85mm/f4-5.6 EF 70-200mm/f2.8L IS USM EF 300mm/f2.8L IS USM EF 400mm/f2.8L IS USM EF 1.4X II Extended EF 2X II Extender 2 Extra batteries 4GB Compact Flash cards Bogen monopod Lens covers made out of the appendages of an old wetsuit. Keeps sand and dirt out of lens housings. Top edges flip down easily to gain access to autofocus and image stabilization controls. RETIRED: Nikon D70s Nikkor AF-S 18-70mm 3.5-4.5 ED Nikon F3 Another Nikon F3 MD-4 motor drive Minolta Weathermatic Dual 35 underwater camera (deceased) Nikon D1 digital body Tamron 300mm/f2.8 Nikon TC-301 teleconverter Sigma 15mm/f2.8 (fisheye) Nikkor AF 20mm/f2.8 Nikkor AF 28mm/f2.8 Nikkor AF 50mm/f1.8 Nikkor AF 60mm/f2.8 micro that forgot how to autofoucs after I disassembled it (not suggested) Nikkor AF 80-200mm/f2.8 ED Nikon circular polarizers Bogen monopod Kodak Ektachrome 100 Royal Gold 100 and 400 Fuji Super HG 400
For those in the prosthetic/physical therapy fields:Right above-knee prosthesis by Rick Stapleton of Tidewater Prosthetics All carbon frame in classic black with flame overlay USMC Multi Sport pro aluminum/titanium knee frame Mauch S-N-S knee control cylinder Flex Foot VSP all carbon ankle/foot (retired permanantly due to breakage) Another Flex Foot VSP all carbon ankle/foot (retired permanantly due to another breakage) Ohio Willowood HP Carbon Copy II foot with titanium pyramids (took over when the Flex Foot died) now used solely for windsurfing with an Aulie 802 knee frame A Ferrier Coupler allows me to swap it out in just seconds Ohio Willowood PathFinder (retired due to delamination after 5 years) Freedom Innovations Renegade foot (rejected due to too-stiff heel) Back to Ohio Willowood PathFinder (and happy again) Craftsman tools WD-40, 6 oz. spray can Loctite