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Surf’s Up – But How Do I Get My Board There? Turtle Bay Has You Covered


Surf’s Up – But How Do I Get My Board There? Turtle Bay Has You Covered

NORTH SHORE, OAHU, HI (March 6, 2014) – Turtle Bay Resort on Oahu’s Fabled North Shore is located near the world’s most epic surf breaks, drawing everyone from beginners to pros to test the waters. If your board is on your must-pack list, a little careful planning can save your wallet – and your board – from unnecessary wear and tear.

Turtle Bay’s surf experts share their tips:

  • Special rules, special fees: On most major airlines, surf boards count as sporting equipment, and come with extra fees to check. American Airlines and Delta Air Lines charge an extra $150, while United and Hawaiian Airlines both ask $100 per board. Of the airlines that service Hawaii, Air Canada is the least expensive, asking for $50 each way. In all cases, be sure to check ahead of time, as rules and fees can change for long-haul or international flights.

  • No free ride: If you are connecting from Southwest Airlines, you’ll pay $75, as the airline does not include boards in its free checked bag policy.

  • Smaller is better: Boogie boards (and similar types) are considered a regular piece of luggage on some airlines.

  • Pack carefully: Protect your board by removing the fins and packing it in a hard-sided case.

If you’d rather skip the packing and the fees, Turtle Bay has an array of surf boards and stand-up paddle boards for rent at the on-site Hans Hedemann Surf Center, open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day, and a team of expert guides to show you the ropes. Call (808) 447-6755 for more.

About Turtle Bay: There’s one North Shore on Oahu. And there’s one resort on it. Ideal for watermen, wave watchers or waders, Turtle Bay is at the epicenter of set after set of activities, events and adventures. Complete with the finest accommodations and amenities suited for the entire family, Turtle Bay is where the “7-Mile Miracle” begins and the lineup is endless. To discover the destination and stay up to date on the Turtle Bay experience, check out


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