This paddle bag will fly on any airline, FREE. The secret lies in the Bass Pro Shops patch sewn on the bag. Fishing rods fly FREE on any airline. Surfing gear cost an arm and a leg to fly with.
When asked at check-in "what's in the bag", say fishing rods. It should go hassle free.
In case you're wondering, yes they do make and sell fishing rod cases as long as our paddles. I almost found a real fishing rod hard case to do the job, but width was just a little shy for the blade.
How do I get it? I made it myself. I learned to sew repairing kites.
My next surf trip I'm taking my paddle and renting a board.