SUP lock systems that work on or off your vehicle

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The best SUP lock system for paddle boards depends on various factors such as where you plan to store or secure the board, your budget, and the level of security you require. Here are a few options to consider:

  1. Cable Locks: Cable locks are versatile and easy to use. They typically consist of a steel cable that you can loop around your paddle board and secure with a combination or key lock. Look for cable locks with a thick and durable cable to deter thieves.
  2. Locking Straps: Locking straps combine the functionality of straps used for securing your paddle board to your vehicle with a built-in locking mechanism. These straps typically have a steel core that makes them difficult to cut, adding an extra layer of security.
  3. Locking Systems: Some paddle boards come with built-in locking systems or attachment points where you can secure a separate lock. These systems may offer added convenience, but be sure to assess their durability and effectiveness.
  4. Dock Locks: If you plan to leave your paddle board docked at a specific location, consider investing in a dock lock. These systems often involve attaching a lock directly to the dock or using a cable system to secure your board in place. (Position it so that it's difficult for a thief to grab it quickly and run. For added security, thread a durable security cable through the leash loop on your board, or use a lock designed specifically for a SUP. Some will attach to the fin box or the leash plug bar.)
  5. GPS Tracking Devices: For added security, you can use GPS tracking devices designed specifically for paddle boards. These devices allow you to track the location of your board in real-time, providing peace of mind in case of theft. 

Ultimately, the best locking system for your paddle board will depend on your specific needs and preferences. Consider factors such as portability, ease of use, and level of security when choosing the right option for you. Additionally, always ensure that you follow manufacturer recommendations for securing your paddle board to prevent damage or theft.

Choosing the best locking system for your SUP board depends on your specific needs and priorities. Here are some of the top contenders, along with their pros and cons, to help you decide:

1. Cable Locks:

  • Types: Docks Locks: Attaches to your fin box or leash plug and then to a fixed object with a long, coated steel cable and combination lock.Fin Box Lock: Replaces your fin box with a lockable version, offering permanent security.Tie-Down Straps with Locks: Secure your board to your car rack or a fixed object with straps featuring integrated locks.
  • Pros: Versatile: Can be used with various boards and in different situations.Portable: Easy to carry and store.Relatively affordable.
  • Cons: Not as strong as permanent systems: Cable can be cut with determined effort.DocksLocks and Fin Box Locks require modifications to your board.Tie-Down Straps can be noisy while driving.

2. Permanent Locking Systems:

  • Types: Kaimano Locking System: Installs directly into your fin box for a secure, permanent lock.BoardLock: Attaches to the bottom of your board with a tamper-proof adhesive and has a built-in lock.
  • Pros: Highly secure: Difficult to remove without damaging your board.No modifications needed for most models.
  • Cons: Less versatile: Can only be used with the board they're installed on.More expensive than cable locks.

3. Other Options:

  • GPS trackers: Provide real-time location tracking if your board is stolen.
  • Security alarms: Can deter thieves with loud noises or alerts.

Here are some additional factors to consider when choosing a locking system:

  • Your budget: Cable locks are generally the most affordable option, while permanent systems and trackers tend to be more expensive.
  • The level of security you need: If you're concerned about theft in high-risk areas, a permanent system or tracker might be worth the investment.
  • Convenience: Cable locks are the most portable and easiest to use, while permanent systems require some initial installation.
  • Your board: Some locking systems are only compatible with certain types of boards.

Ultimately, the best locking system for your SUP board is the one that best meets your individual needs and budget. I hope this information helps you make an informed decision!

Board SUP lock systems give piece of mind.

Is this a familiar scenario? ... you strap down your board to your vehicle rack then walk back to your friends at the beach ... now you can't stop wondering if your board will still be there when you get back. OR how about driving home, you make a quick stop for milk and as you walk away from your vehicle you can't help but to look back at your board only to wonder if it will still be there when you return.

The lock systems listed below will get you thinking about what will work best for specific situations. To date we have found two stand-alone locking device that allows you to lock up easily to a fixed object.

Another good option is a steel core security strap also called tie-downs that can be wrapped around your board and then to a vehicle rack using a key to lock. These straps can also be used to attach to other fixed objects anywhere depending on how long the strap is.

TIP: when securing your board to your vehicle give your strap a twist as opposed to laying flat to prevent wind noise.

NOTE: pay attention to the length of the straps before ordering. Some straps are made specifically for surf boards and may prove to be too short for some SUPs and long boards.


See full review of the affordable Bluefin Sprint here:

Docks Locks and Kaimano Locking System are my two favourites

The Kaimano Locking System is my/our favorite because of its brut strength components and one time installation option. You can puchase the Kaimano Locking System using the form below.

Kaimano—designed for a standard longboard fin box. It has a regular lock and key style that fits into a metal securement. You can purchase the locking securement with or without the lock and cable. Realeased February of 2017. See a full review here: 

See video below.

Kaimano SUP lock system installation instructions in the following video

You can place an order below for the Kaimano Locking System:
Your order will be invoiced and shipped to you directly by "Kaimano Locking Systems". Prices listed are in U.S. dollars.

DocksLocks SUP lock systems for your board

This jaw-lock style SUP lock system is easy and quick to use. It is easily attached to your leash plug or fin box. 

DocksLock — I USE DocksLocks and Kaimano depending on the size of the fin box on the board I'm using. DocksLock  is a fast, easy, no nonsense lock. I have an extra DocksLocks jaw-lock to use with two boards. It gives you the confidence to be able to walk away from your board. 

Its a jaw lock style used with a coiled steel core, plastic covered cable. Multiple jaw locks can be added for multiple boards. I find this lock very handy for when we go camping or when I'm at the beach and need to get my board out of the sun and under a tree some distance from me. It is about the same amount of security as a bike lock. This device is described below along with a video.

To find out more on the DocksLocks use the following link:

DocksLocks Security System

DocksLocks Surfboard and SUP Lock from Sean Carmichael on Vimeo.

Thule locking paddle board tiedown straps

Steel reinforced nylon straps. Key locking system.

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KanuLock reinforced lockable tiedown straps

KanuLock straps lock using a key. They work the same as standard tie-downs with the added benefit of reinforced stainless steel cables.

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Sea to Summit SPT lockable tie down

Steel reinforced stainless steel tie down straps. Uses a key to lock. Sea to Summit offers varying strap lengths.

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