Surfers are getting a totally righteous deal from AirAsia. The airline has decided to drop fees for surfboards on flights. The change in the airline's baggage policy comes as a result of a partnership between Surfing Australia and a number of state surfing agencies. The new policy became effective on May 1. That means that surfers heading to popular surfing spots in Southeast Asia this summer can look forward to saving some dough and enjoying a hassle-free boarding experience if they fly with AirAsia.

Surfers traveling to popular surfing destinations like Japan, the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand and the Maldives from Australia no longer have to pay additional fees to bring along their surfboards. The news is sure to come as a relief to the droves of surfing enthusiasts who travel throughout Australia and Southeast Asia each year to chase some of the best waves in the world.

Traveling with surfboards can often be tricky for surfers. Most airlines have different polices regarding bringing surfboards on flights. In addition, fees vary significantly between airlines when it comes to checking in surfboards. The new policy being introduced by AirAsia gives surfers assurance that they won't encounter any confusion or hassles when flying with the surfer-friendly airline.

AirAsia is a low-cost carrier based out of Malaysia. It makes the claim of being the official airline for Australian surfers. The airline offers flights to more than 165 destinations in 25 countries around the world. It has consistently been ranked among the best low-cost carriers in the world since its debut in 1996.

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