The ride doesn’t begin in the water: first you have to get there.

And while it’s sometimes great to load up the car and head to the beach there’s something especially satisfying about simply picking up your surfboard and carrying it down to the sea. At Koraloc, we believe that at its essence surfing is the ultimate free ride sport: no motors, no fuel, no power necessary other than the wave’s natural energy. We’ve created an innovative way to use your own natural energy to get to the waves, riding to the ocean in the same way you’d ride a wave: efficiently, cleanly, with an economy of effort and a free-flowing sense of fun. Whether just navigating your way to the beach or accessing those waves that pay little attention to parking lots and public toilets. This is why Koraloc developed the world’s most advanced surfboard carrying backpacks designed specifically for walking, biking, skating and paddling to the surf. Making the journey part of your journey. Because what is getting to the surf if not a pilgrimage?

We’ve even taken our name from kora, the Tibetan word for pilgrimage, defined as “an arduous journey to a sacred place.” And there are plenty of those in surfing, both at home and abroad. Chasing the sun and a south swell down the trail to Lower Trestles, with its mile and a half of pavement, dirt road and cobblestones; the long, hot walk through Florida sea oats and burning sand on the way to Spanish House tubes; pedaling down the Ke Iki bike path on Oahu’s North Shore, between Sunset and Off the Wall. There are plenty of sacred surfing places that, even though they’re right off the road, you can’t drive to. The walk through the brussel sprouts to Four Mile; the trek down the cliff to Blacks; climbing the dunes in the Outer Banks; these are some of the pilgrimages surfers make on a daily basis, reasserting their devotion with every step. At Koraloc we’ve developed more than just a surfboard carrying backpack that allows you to do all of this efficiently, but a philosophy based on the premise that how you get there is almost as important as why you get there. This rings true whether you live six blocks from the beach or are trekking six miles along the coast on your way to a Nicaraguan secret spot.

With a Koraloc board bag the ride doesn’t begin in the water, but it begins the moment you pick up your surfboard and make your way to the sea.