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Boardswag rolls out a surfboard bag that doubles as an inflatable tent

Boardswag rolls out a surfboar...
The Boardswag measures 7 x 4 x 4 feet and is designed to sleep one person
The Boardswag measures 7 x 4 x 4 feet and is designed to sleep one person
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Boardswag board bag features
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Boardswag board bag features
Boardswag tent features
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Boardswag tent features
The Boardswag is designed to be an all-in-one carry/sleep solution for those looking to catch early morning waves
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The Boardswag is designed to be an all-in-one carry/sleep solution for those looking to catch early morning waves
The swag compartment can detach completely from the bag, working as a standalone shelter
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The swag compartment can detach completely from the bag, working as a standalone shelter
The Boardswag bag carries three 7-ft surfboards
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The Boardswag bag carries three 7-ft surfboards
With the dual-action pump, the Boardswag tent inflates into a one-person shelter
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With the dual-action pump, the Boardswag tent inflates into a one-person shelter
The Boardswag tent can also be set up with the bag portion attached
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The Boardswag tent can also be set up with the bag portion attached
Heading to the beach ... 
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Heading to the beach ... 
Enjoying a scenic campsite 
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Enjoying a scenic campsite 
Packing the Boardswag up for a day of fun
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Packing the Boardswag up for a day of fun
Packing the Boardswag up for a day of fun
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Packing the Boardswag up for a day of fun
Not only is a swag more comfortable than sleeping in a cramped car, but it sets up right on the sand, steps from the waves
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Not only is a swag more comfortable than sleeping in a cramped car, but it sets up right on the sand, steps from the waves
We reckon the Boardswag could also be a handy way of escaping an unexpected afternoon storm, particularly if you don't have a vehicle nearby
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We reckon the Boardswag could also be a handy way of escaping an unexpected afternoon storm, particularly if you don't have a vehicle nearby
Boardswag plans to launch a Kickstarter in April
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Boardswag plans to launch a Kickstarter in April
The Boardswag is a very Australian design, but it could certainly be handy in and beyond popular surf destinations around the world
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The Boardswag is a very Australian design, but it could certainly be handy in and beyond popular surf destinations around the world
Inflating the Boardswag tent
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Inflating the Boardswag tent
Enjoy some serious waterfront real estate with the Boardswag
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Enjoy some serious waterfront real estate with the Boardswag
The Boardswag measures 7 x 4 x 4 feet and is designed to sleep one person
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The Boardswag measures 7 x 4 x 4 feet and is designed to sleep one person
Boardswag brings together carry and sleeping solutions
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Boardswag brings together carry and sleeping solutions
Whether you're traveling by foot or light vehicle, the Boardswag makes it easy to get your boards and tent to the beach
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Whether you're traveling by foot or light vehicle, the Boardswag makes it easy to get your boards and tent to the beach
Three boards ready to travel
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Three boards ready to travel
The folded up swag adds extra padding to protect the boards above
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The folded up swag adds extra padding to protect the boards above

Love the idea of cruising the coast in a two-story surf motorhome or small camper van but are looking to go lighter and cheaper ... much lighter and cheaper? Australia's Boardswag has just the thing, a surfboard bag that transforms into a one-person tent with a few blasts of air. So whether you're getting a quick jump on dawn patrol or enjoying sunset drinks a little longer than usual, you always have a roof over your head.

About as Australian as it gets, the Boardswag adapts a well-known piece of Australian outdoor gear, the swag, to the particular needs of a popular Australian outdoor sport. The idea was born when company founders James Watkins and Jonah Beard found themselves sleeping near water's edge on a surfing trip, trying to get an early jump on next-day breaks. After tossing and turning violently inside a cramped, uncomfortable car, the two laid out atop their board bags and used them as a form of minimalist bedding.

The next day, fresh and clear-headed off a comfy night of sleep, Watkins and Beard decided there might be something to the experience. They certainly weren't the first to have the idea of sleeping at the beach to get in an early morning session, and they certainly weren't the only ones with a small vehicle unfit for sleep. Maybe other surfers would like the idea of sleeping in a board bag, and maybe they'd like it even more if that board bag actually transformed into a proper swag, a Boardswag.

The Boardswag is designed to be an all-in-one carry/sleep solution for those looking to catch early morning waves
The Boardswag is designed to be an all-in-one carry/sleep solution for those looking to catch early morning waves

At its simplest, the Boardswag is a rugged board bag made from 600D polyester and ripstop nylon. It can hold up to three 7-ft (2.1-m) boards, relying on high-density padding to protect them on bumpy jeep rides and intercontinental surf escapades. Internal straps keep the boards in place during the journey.

Most board bag feature lists stop right around there, but the Boardswag's keeps on going to reveal a separate under-compartment with an integrated swag. Simply flip the top surfboard-carrying section of the bag out of the way or detach it completely, and inflate the 7 x 4 x 4-ft (2.1 x 1.2 x 1.2-m) tent into shape with the dual-action hand pump. Boardswag says the tent is sturdy enough to use without staking out but recommends doing so if high winds are in the forecast.

The folded up swag adds extra padding to protect the boards above
The folded up swag adds extra padding to protect the boards above

The tent has a mesh/waterproof nylon body for full weather protection and breathability. Welded seams help keep waterproof integrity intact, and a removable inflatable mattress enhances comfort below.

When you deflate it and pack it away, the compressed swag in the board bag creates extra padding on that side of the boards, beefing up protection.

Initially we questioned whether a built-in tent was really an advantage, for much the same reason we question whether jacket-swags or backpack-bivies are really greater than the sum of their parts. With all the small-packing, ultralight backpacking tents on the market, you can fairly easily pack a tent in a board bag or backpack to much the same effect as having one built in. Many of those tents hold two+ people while still weighing in about the same as or less than the 3.3-lb (1.5-kg) Boardswag tent.

But the dual-purpose Boardswag design does keep you prepared, ensuring you have a tent whether you planned to camp or not. For example, if you're traveling out of country and wouldn't otherwise think to pack a tent but end up on the beach wanting to stake a claim to first-light waves, you'll likely be glad to have a swag in the bag.

Heading to the beach ... 
Heading to the beach ... 

For those thinking, "I don't need a surfboard bag, but I wouldn't mind a slick, inflatable one-person swag," Boardswag is working on the Boardswag Trek. Designed for a wider range of activities, like backpacking, canoe camping and such, the Trek will be the Boardswag without the "board," a light, easy-carry inflatable swag that weighs 4.4 lb (2 kg) when packed in its carry bag. Again, it won't be the lightest tent in the lightweight shelter category, but it will slide in lighter than large inflatable tents suited only to car camping.

Both the Boardswag and Boardswag Trek will be introduced as part of an April Kickstarter campaign. Boardswag is still finalizing pricing details ahead of the launch.

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