Summer is hesitant to embrace us this year, all showers and wind and dull skies and only some sunny warmth. The surf hasn’t enthralled either! Two weeks leading up to Easter and that was our lot, so far. But it is around the corner, those halcyon days with lazy waves, good friends, good food and great times.
But in amongst the hurly burly of that sunny-summer-living there is the inevitable few, around here fortunately very few and isolated occasions of theft and annoyance. And so security seems to be one of the issues being talked about more often by the crew in the shop recently. More specifically, what to do with those electronic car keys when you’re surfing. It is that time of year! No more leaving them in the ignition when badly parked, nor on top of the tyre, not for the next few months. The chances are that everything will be gone by the time you get back from that dream session! And so, inevitably the talk turns to ‘what to do with the keys‘.
I have had blanks cut. The cut blank will only open and lock the door, with no electronics to get damaged, so I can pop it in the leash pocket. But that means leaving the main keys in the car, which may lead to insurance problems if it was nicked? An old mate of mine wraps his in cling film, which has worked so far. The rest of the guys are split between using those waterproof pouches (there are a few and they are all similar) or the ‘Key Safe
‘ things that lock to your car with a combination code. It seems that it’s vital to make sure that there are four digits on the combination lock and that the moving bits can’t rust.
And what about the boards? Leave them on the car at your own risk during high Summer. Even here now. I have a set of those lockable tie downs and they travel with me everywhere. Stainless steel wire stops the knife attack, the beefy lock stops the casual grabber. What happened to leaving your board on the beach? Well, to be fair back then they were great heavy big old things that took some dragging about! Not the ideal opportunistic opportunity that your average casual grabber would be tempted by I guess!
But the best solution?
Leave the car at home, get a bike board rack and cycle. Ah but then, these days you would have to lock up the bike!