Improving on basic surf bag design, Nicholas Martino dreamed up a way to make surfer's lives easier by adding inflatable chambers for more protection. Although it's still a prototype, we hope to see it pushed into production soon.
The cover not only offers supreme defense from dings, but also makes for a convenient way to transport boards via a cushy handhold and it doubles as a sleeping mat for those who like to hike out to their favorite breaks or sleep in the back of their truck when anticipating swells. My favorite aspect is that Martino cleverly recommends filling it with helium, adding a little lift to lighten the load.
A simple and thoughtful multipurpose design, we hope to see this product in stores soon. Keep your eyes out in the future for more from Martino. Contact him at nicholas [dot] martino [at] bigpond [dot] com.
If you can't wait, we found another version from Soma with similar protective features (pictured above). The added convenience of compact portability—the cover deflates and rolls into a small carrying bag—is reason enough to purchase. Available from Soma for $150.