If you're a surfer, it's necessary that you own a vehicle that makes your hobby easier. It's possible to strap a surfboard to the top or inside of your Honda Civic, but in most cases, cramming a surfboard into tight spots will result in you destroying either the interior or exterior of your vehicle, and your boards will likely take a couple dings for the team, too. It's important to remember that the experience of surfing is as much about the journey as it is about the destination. Having a proper ride is an imperative factor to your adventure.
Things to think about when selecting a transportation vehicle for your board include; plenty of space for surfboards & surf related gear, ability to sleep in the vehicle, reliable and something that is relatively cheap.
Not all of us have the finances to buy a new car at the drop of a hat. However, if you ever come upon some grand fortune, or if, on one fine morning, a surf God emerges from the ocean and offers you one wish, I hope you will think back on this list of the best vehicles for surfers, choosing the car that fits your personality and needs most accurately.
Volkswagen Vanagon Westfalia
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The Volkswagen Vanagon Westfalia is one of the greatest surf vehicles to have ever been created. The spacious vehicles can fit a 10ft longboard effortlessly. Some editions even include a refrigerator, sink, table, beds, drawers, and a stove top. The engine is a 4-cylinder, so gas isn't too much of expense, but don't expect to get anywhere quickly. These rides make great surf vehicles because you can travel far and wide with a lot of gear. When you arrive at your destination, you have the option to call it home in your very own four-wheeled house.
1980's Toyota Pickup
Surfers around the world agree that the reliable 1980's Toyota pickup is one of the best surf vehicles money can buy. These have excellent MPG and virtually never break down. When they do, fixing these Japanese warriors is usually quick and cheap. The Toyota pickup also offers plenty of space for surfboards and surfing gear. Many surfers purchase these trucks because they are easily made into campers.
1960's-2000's Ford Econoline Van
Often transformed into Baja surf vehicles, the Ford Econoline Van is one of the best options for a surf car. Sporting a V-8 engine, the Econoline isn't the most conservative on gas. But for what it lacks in fuel conservation it makes up for in strength. Moreover, these vehicles have tons of space for surfboards, beds, and other supplies. Like the Vanagon, this ride can easily serve as home if you're planning to stake out at the beach for a couple of days.
1940's-1950's Woody Wagon
While not the cheapest option, the Woody is about as iconic and practical as a surf car can get. It's no surprise that these cars have awful gas mileage, but sacrifices must be made for style. Woody's are perhaps the most beautiful surf cars money can buy, not to mention that they're also very spacious. One can easily fit multiple surfboards inside and because of their long body, the roof of the car makes for prime surfboard storage space. One downfall of these rides is that repairing them can be an expensive process.
Last on our list is the ever popular Land Rover. Ever since these vehicles were first built in 1948, they've been traversing the globe with their four-wheel drive capabilities and off-road expertise. Land Rovers have the ability to carry many surfboards on their roof with the proper rigging. Another added bonus -- there is virtually no where these vehicles can't go. It is highly likely that, when driving one of these, you'll stumble upon some hidden, untouched surf spot, simply because no other person has been able to get there before. Following suit with the rest of this list of surf vehicles, this ride also happens to be a looker.