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LockRack Surfboard Carrier - 13-3/4" Wide - Side Loading - Universal Mount

LockRack Surfboard Carrier - 13-3/4" Wide - Side Loading - Universal Mount

Item # LR97VR
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LockRack surfboard carrier lets you transport 1-2 boards on the roof of your vehicle. Rubber-coated, ratcheting arms work with integrated locks in the carrier's base, securing your boards - no need for load straps. Mounting hardware included. Great Prices for the best watersport carriers from Lockrack. LockRack Surfboard Carrier - 13-3/4" Wide - Side Loading - Universal Mount part number LR97VR can be ordered online at or call 1-800-940-8924 for expert service.
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Lockrack Watersport Carriers - LR97VR

  • Surfboard
  • Aero Bars
  • Elliptical Bars
  • Factory Bars
  • Round Bars
  • Square Bars
  • Saddle-Style
  • Roof Mount Carrier
  • No Load Assist
  • Side Loading
  • Clamp On
  • Lockrack
  • Folding

LockRack surfboard carrier lets you transport 1-2 boards on the roof of your vehicle. Rubber-coated, ratcheting arms work with integrated locks in the carrier's base, securing your boards - no need for load straps. Mounting hardware included.


  • Watersport carrier lets you transport 1-2 surfboards on your roof rack
    • Unique design removes the need for load straps - front/rear tie-downs still recommended
  • Removable arms allow surfboards to be loaded from the side of your vehicle
    • Rubber-coated arms protect from damage while securing your boards at 4 touch points
  • Rotating arms 90-degrees provides overhead clearance when not in use
    • Collapsible carrier reduces height to 2-1/2" above your crossbars
  • Rubberized strip on top of the carrier's base provides cushioning and slip resistance for your surfboards
  • Easy installation with included hardware and tools
    • Brackets and hardware included for clamp-on installation
    • T-bolt hardware included for crossbars with top channels
  • Integrated locking system secures your boards to the carrier - includes 4 keys
  • Lightweight aluminum construction is corrosion resistant


  • Application: round, square, aero, elliptical, and most factory crossbars
  • Carrying capacity: 2 surfboards
  • Interior dimensions:
    • Minimum: 3" long x 15-1/2" wide x 6-1/2" tall
    • Maximum: 4-1/4" long x 28-1/2" wide x 6-1/2" tall
  • Exterior dimensions:
    • Minimum: 3" long x 21-1/2" wide x 9-1/2" tall
    • Maximum: 4-1/4" long x 35" wide x 9-1/2" tall
  • Collapsed dimensions: 16-1/4" long x 21-1/2" wide x 2-1/2" tall
  • Weight: 17 lbs
  • 1-Year limited warranty

Bring Your Boards to the Water, Without Load Straps

Stand-Up Paddle Board Carrier
LockRack's surfboard carrier has a simple design that works with the shape of your boards to firmly them it in the carrier. With most surfboard carriers, tying down your boards can be a hassle because of shifting side straps. LockRack's design simplifies that process with its padded ratcheting arms. The arms close in tight on the tapered ends of your boards, securing it on your crossbars without the need for load straps.

Surfboard CarrierSurfboard Carrier

This carrier provides a secure rooftop transportation system for your boars to and from the water. Once your surfboards are loaded, push the arms in until they click into place, securing your boards to your vehicle.

Ratchet Arms

When your LockRack is not in use, you don't need to uninstall the carrier from your roof. Just remove the arms, rotate them 90 degrees, then reinsert them so that they lay parallel with the roof of your vehicle. This will reduce wind noise and give you more clearance when parking in your garage.

Universal Installation

This LockRack carrier can be installed in the top channels of your crossbar or with the provided adapters. The adapters clamp around most crossbars.


To install the carrier with the adapters, set the carrier on top of your crossbars with the top portion of the adapter clamp already attached to the carrier base. Then hold the bottom portion of the clamp under your crossbar and tighten the clamps down with the included hardware and tool.

Built-In Security
Ratchet Arms

LockRack carriers have security built-in with locks in the base of the carrier, securing the ratcheting arms. Once you've locked your boards or boat in the carrier by pushing the arms tight against your watercraft, the arms will stay locked until you remove them with a key.

Replacement Key Number

This carrier comes with 4 identical keys. Once the arms are locked in place, insert a key into the locking mechanism in the carrier base. Rotate the key to unlock and release the ratcheting arms. If you ever need a replacement key (sold separately) you'll need to know your original key number. This number is not located anywhere on the carrier so be sure to make note of the numbers printed on the inside of the original set of keys.

LR59FR Lock Rack Watersport Carrier Base Set - 13-3/4" Wide - Channel Mount - Qty 2

LR53FR Universal Crossbar Adapter for Lockrack Watersport Carrier

Installation Details LR97VR Installation instructions

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Customer Reviews

LockRack Surfboard Carrier - 13-3/4" Wide - Side Loading - Universal Mount - LR97VR

Average Customer Rating:  4.6 out of 5 stars   (62 Customer Reviews)

LockRack surfboard carrier lets you transport 1-2 boards on the roof of your vehicle. Rubber-coated, ratcheting arms work with integrated locks in the carrier's base, securing your boards - no need for load straps. Mounting hardware included.


Extremely secure, safe and lockable rack that avoids the cinching and stress of traditional straps. Easy to install. Fantastic service and communication from etrailer. Highly recommended.


The keys are an issue (wish they were metal), but everything else is great! I go sunrise kayaking only and hate putting straps on with cold hands at 3:30 in the morning. I have a Nissan Pathfinder and was able to put this on with another set of Malone J-hooks so that I can have a second kayak when I go with someone. Once the fear subsides of it possibly falling off, you realize how quick and easy this thing is to use. It takes me 1 minute instead of 9-18 minutes to get my kayak up and secure. I have tested it at 75mph without any jiggling or issues. I sat on this in my shopping cart forever and finally pulled the trigger. If you kayak at least 10 times a year or are going at high speeds for extended periods of time in warm weather, totally worth it. If not, well, there are cheaper options out there.


I installed the racks on my vehicle and the Rubber for Lockrack 9-7/8" Base blew off of the racks before I ever got to put a board on them now they want $80 to replace all four of them… I just spent over $400 for the rack and I’ve already got about $80 worth of replacement parts. I guess I should’ve glued them on also it may say they lock but anybody else who buys one will have the same key plus the installation bolts are not tamper proof either.


Unfortunately the track in my roof rails has grommets sticking up to hold the mount to the vehicle that will not allow the t-bolts to slide in. I can appreciate the heavy duty t-bolt and it is not lock racks issue. But I should have just bought the adapter mounts from go and could have saved myself frustration and a few dollars. Make sure your rails are not obstructed before purchasing.


Easy installation. Secure. No straps required. Drove 8 hours up to 80 mph, didn’t move.


I mounted it on my Yakima racks. Very easy to do (directions could really be improved by having someone describe the steps more clearly). I have not used this. Could be a month or so. However, initially, it looks good. Too bad the angled arms that hold the kayak are not adjustable depending on the angle needed.


Great company and customer service. The product was shipped quickly and arrived in a few days. The Lockrack is awesome. I use it for surfboards. It’s so easy to use. I have been using the product for several years and am very pleased with how simple and durable it is.


Rec'd earlier this week, so today i will install. The item was obviously a return. The logos are nearly scratched off in places, all the items were loosely thrown in the box, and the 10mm wrench and hex key were missing. i think everything else is there. The keys should be a bright color instead of black, some spray paint will fix that. Anyhoo, i am a little disappointed.


Wow I am loving my new set up Thank you Nicole and etrailer for all your help in getting the right look and fit


This is the best and quick way to transport your sup, surf ski, OC etc. load and lock in 10 second. Secured and effective set up. Couldn’t be happier with the purchase.


Awesome invention. Greatly reduced the amount of time and frustration usually associated with loading up our 2 SUPs and small sport kayak. It does take some time to install but that is expected. Don't assume the initial installation is a 10-minute job. However, once the system is in place, loading and locking the SUPs and kayak was simple and quick. We did have to experiment a bit with the best combination to make everything fit. I was hoping we could fit three SUPs on one rack, but no chance. My only complaint is that the keys provided are plastic, and strip very easily when unlocking the bars to remove or make adjustments. Without a key, your stuff is stuck. We hope that LockRack with come up with a more sturdy, metal replacement key for this system.


I had doubts when I first opened the box. No way would this thing hold my boat. My yak is a loaded 13' beast suitable for ocean and large lake fishing. Well over 100 lbs. I was tempted to return the rack but decided to install it, and let me tell you this Lockrack thing is as solid as a rock. I can cruise at 65 mph and my big old fishing yak doesn't wiggle, not one little bit. It's EXACTLY what I was looking for. Thank you!!!


Unfortunately I did not have the best of luck with this product . I spoke with the company multiple times to ensure this would work with my rack. It did not. This system is made to work ONLY on a roof rack . I have a truck with a rack and a slot in the middle . We had to make different bolts and holders to install this. For using 2 Paddleboards we also had to modify the back of the racks holders to actually touch the boards to hold them in place . After the modifications and many many adjustments we have it working and it does hold great.


Great Quality; love ease of use, especially as a woman; snug fit. love how they look on my SUV. LOVE!


Great substitution for the original lock rack. The only major difference is the arms. They are straight, and not bent like the OG lock racks are. They work great! I ordered the adjustable base (21" minimum) to match the other rack. These are great!


The lock rack is an awesome product and a must have for any surfer. Very courteous and professional staff, they updated me promptly about the status of my order. Will definitely be using them again.


These racks are perfect. Easiest and most secure way to carry my sup.


I picked excellent because it will eliminate climbing on a ladder to put on straps. When I first looked at it mounted on my car I never thought it would be secure. I recruited my neighbor to see if I could side load using a small stepstool. (I am 5'3"). With my old Thule rack I could cover the back of my car with a rug and slide my kayaks on up to the roof. Fortunately, I have a very light Eddyline kayak that I use most of the time, so for this kayak it is manageable. When I secured the kayak with the arms, I was surprised how tight it was with absolutely no movement. Haven't driven with it yet but I am sure that it will work well. The only problem I had was it took all afternoon to put it together. I think you need to improve the photos and have more detailed instructions. A current installation video with this newer designed kayak rack. The videos I found had several different arms.


Fast shipping and great product. The lockrack XL watersport carrier is perfect for my hobie pro angler 12. It's strong enough to handle the weight of the pro angler 12. I still use a tie down to strap it to my Rhino-Rack. Overall great product.


I'm very happy with this purchase, They installed very easily and the adjustments were easy to do and secured my kayak with ease.


They work very well, Good product!


Very sturdy and easy to use as a solo paddler loading it on my own. I just leave one side facing up and once kayaks on the roof, slide the other 2 arms to lock it in place, then put a strap around it for extra security if im traveling far


Did not include all the parts in the box


Original package was damaged during shipment, but Customer Service resolved the issue with no friction. Great experience. Lockrack is the easiest to use rack I’ve used. 30 seconds or less to load and unload kayak and paddle boards.

I would give it 4.5 stars if I could. Only cons are a slightly difficult installation and the quality of the plastic keys used to unlock the arms. Highly recommend the product.


I chose this product because I feel as though it will secure my kayak with minimal damage. I used cam straps in the past and they create so much pressure on the top and bottom side of the kayak. The Lockrack allows you to secure your kayak without applying a lot of pressure, plus it provides security from theft.

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See what our Experts say about this Lockrack Watersport Carriers

  • Can the Lockrack Surfboard Rack Be Used to Carry a Short Kayak
    The Lockrack Surfboard Rack # LR97VR is only tall enough for a surfboard. If you want to use this same carrier for your kayak then you need to swap out the shorter arms for the Long Arm Set # LR99FR. The short arms might be able to technically wedge against the kayak, but they won't be tall enough to properly secure your boat.
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  • Is There a Lockrack Adjustable Carrier for Surfboards
    Yes we do; what you need is the Lockrack Surfboard Rack # LR97VR.
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  • How Wide Can LockRack part # LR97VR Expand To
    Hey Bill, So the LockRack part # LR97VR that you referenced can actually expand out to 28 inches so your boards could work as long as they are less wide than that.
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  • Recommendation for 2 Surfboard Carrier on a 2024 Ford Expedition
    Hey Katelyn, thanks for reaching out! I recommend picking up the Lockrack Surfboard Rack # LR97VR which can hold 1-2 surfboards and easily holds the boards with the adjustable arms. The best part about this rack is that the arms secure the boards well enough that no additional anchors (like front and rear tie downs) are needed! I have heard of people still securing at least the front of the boards though to help keep the wind from lifting up on the board too much. If you don't already...
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  • Is the Lock On the Lockrack Surfboard Rack Tamper Proof
    The lock on the Lockrack Surfboard Rack # LR97VR is pretty tamper proof. The keys that come with the Lockrack are unique to Lockrack's locking system so someone with a screwdriver or even a set of needle nose pliers wouldn't be able to manipulate the lock, they'd need the key. I didn't see any videos with a set of green arms so I'm not quite sure what to make of that, but I will say their arms on on their products are black and silver. If you do fine a set of colored arms out there, then...
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  • Does Lockrack Surfboard Rack Come with Clamp-On Mounting Hardware
    We do! The 13-3/4" Wide Lockrack Surfboard Rack is available both with channel mounts or with clamping style mounts like you mentioned needing: - Clamp Style Mounts # LR97VR - Channel Mounts # LR59FR I really like this style of carrier as well since it makes loading and unloading your gear much faster than managing a strap system. Happy surfing!
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