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Stikup surfboard display system

Stikup
Well, I guess for many surfers, the idea of having something to stick your board on the wall is possibly a bit of an odd idea.
If you’re anything like us, the boards unfortunately tend to get stuck where ever there is a spare space. The plus side to this is that you don’t have to pay anything for the space. The down side is if you don’t have a lot of space the board is likely to get stuck somewhere it could get knocked, bashed and dinged…
I’ve always managed to keep my board mostly ding free at home, but its more by luck than judgement I have to say. When we found out about the stikup system we thought it was quite a good idea, but not sure if it was worth the £35.25. The idea behind the stikup is that it’s simple to install, simple to use, and can save you hassle having to repair dings
In the stikup kit you get the following,
2 sculpted alloy beans
2 Neoprene straps or Clear with D-rings
4 stainless steel screws
1 fin/wall protector
The straps are beefy and they are not likely to break, so nothing to worry about there. The system is designed to stick the board on the wall almost any manner you please. On the ceiling, horizontally on the wall, vertically on the wall, even diagonally. Consider that boards are relatively light, and the screws and beans installed using the correct rawl plugs and fixings are well strong enough to hold even the largest long board.
We put our test stikup system on an ordinary plasterboard wall, using just plasterboard rawl plugs and it’s not going anywhere, its solid as a rock.
It probably took about 30 minutes for us to stick on the wall (some of you more adept DIY or tradesmen will most likely have it up in 5!)
Once it’s on the wall, getting your board into it is another matter – the straps are Velcro and the idea is you put your board by the beans, and use the straps to tighten the board so it’s solid. Easier said than done! Unless you have 3 hands! The trouble is you have to balance your board on the wall with one hand, and try to tighten the straps and Velcro them with the other, which unfortunately is a slightly tricky process, by no means impossible though. The way we found the most effective is once you have the board in the system – when you need to take the board out for a surf, leave one of the straps done up and slide the board out, that way its much easier to put back in when your finished.
Another great thing about the stikup system is your board gets the top spot on your wall or ceiling, which if you like looking at your board is a good thing. However this I think is probably where the stikup is at its most useful. Yes its a great way to have your board stashed when your not surfing, but with the fins on, the board does obviously stick out the depth of the fins, and depending on where you put your stikup system it may well be in the way more than out the way. We think that the stikup is going to be a good idea for those old boards you might have, or the board you don’t use so often. Which does follow why Jon decided to come up with the stikup system.
Our overall verdict…
It’s a good idea as it’s a fact that most dings on surf boards happen out the water, either on the way to the surf or being moved about in the house. For an active surf board we think it might just end up being a bit of a hassle especially if you’re in the water everyday. However for the occasional surfer or the surfer with a number of special boards where once in the stikup system they aren’t coming out often the stikup is ideal.
Is it worth the money? Well depending on how you fit into the above, depends really on whether it’s worth the money or not. Solarez is not cheap and it’s a bit of a weigh up job whether to spend the money on the stikup or to be prepared to buy a bit of Solarez or other now and again.
We like it, and we like to see our boards on display. And thats really what its all about.

Press Release
According to Stikup….
Easy to use surfboard display system
Place your stick against the wall in a vertical or horizontal position
wrap the strap around to fit snugly to your stick
Place the wall protector to the fin that has contact with the wall
If there’s not enough space on your walls you can hang it from the
ceiling position. Also suitable for snow, sail, kite, wake and skateboards.
 
Every element is cared for in the same way you care about your stick
Each bean is solid cast alloy and is tumbled for hours and hours to give
the desired finish, not a dissimilar process to going through a heavy shore break
Clear straps with D-rings for those most prized possessions or our
Neoprene lined straps, so your precious stick has something soft to slip into.

 How the stikup system came about.
Background
I started surfing back in the early seventies and my passion for surfing as a way of life
to this day hasn’t diminished.
Travelling to most corners of the globe over the years I collected boards on the way.
In the early years when you just had enough dosh to buy a new stick there was never enough
for a full suit! wearing a 3mm shortie, boots held on with insulation tape, marigolds for gloves,
a thick coating of deep heat all over and a half bottle of the cheapest whisky between two surf
mates was the order most winter days when it was going off at Crantock.
 
Since then every board I’ve brought I’ve kept, because it holds memories of certain days or trips
and the way that the design of surfboards have evolved over the years.
Being a designer and not happy with my boards hidden away so they don’t get dinged, I regard boards
as works of art and needed them around when I wasn’t by the coast.
 
Trying to find a display system for my boards so I could display them around my house was impossible,
anything aesthetically pleasing just didn’t exist.
 
I set about designing one for myself, with functionality and the aesthetics of equal importance.
A display system that could accommodate all board sizes and styles as well as horizontal, vertical
or even on the ceiling, it should be a piece of art just like all prized sticks.
Jon Taylor

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