To celebrate California recently naming surfing as the state’s official sport, United Airlines— California’s global airline, is getting on board and removing service fees for surfboards for customers travelling to or from California.

Customers travelling with surfboards, wakeboards or paddleboards on direct United Airlines or United Express itineraries that originate or end at any California airport will not have to pay the previous $150 or $200 service fee to check these items.

Standard checked-bag fees only will apply.

To help preserve California’s coast and oceans, United is donating $50,000 to Sustainable Surf, a California-based environmental nonprofit that operates as an innovation lab using surfing as a force for good—to solve the ocean health crisis by 2050.

“United and surfing are as ‘California’ as can be”, says The Travel Authority Group’s Managing Director, Peter Hosper.

“Australians travelling with their boards to California’s iconic breaks will love this initiative”, adds Peter.

Janet Lamkin, United’s president for California said, “California made it official: surfing is our state sport. We want to make it easier for customers to surf our beautiful beaches, whether they’re visiting or call the Golden State home.”

“This partnership continues our commitment to the environment by supporting an organisation like Sustainable Surf, which helps keep our beaches beautiful”, added Janet.

About Sustainable Surf
Sustainable Surf is a California-based environmental nonprofit organisation – that protects and regenerates ocean health by shifting people to a more ocean friendly, low-carbon, lifestyle. Sustainable Surf operates as an innovation lab in partnership with leading brands, organisations and ambassadors to authentically harness the mass appeal of “surf culture”, to inspire and activate people all around the world to start making more sustainable lifestyle choices on a daily basis.