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Just to clarify: this is not a surfboard carrier. It is a paddle carrier that can be used to carry other generally cylindrical items like masts and oars.
First of all, it does exactly what it says. It can carry multiple items at once, and while my typical use is two whitewater paddles on one carrier, I have used it to carry two long and bulky beach umbrellas which do not fit in the trunk of my car. As long as you load with a minimum of care by placing the rubber cap in proper position, anything you pack will be safe. Once the straps are locked in (take care not to over tighten) your item is secure. I definitely recommend you add lock cores and would never use these without them, but those are sold separately and add to the cost.
Keep in mind they take up a bit more bar space than it seems and you will need at least six inches to make it work comfortably. Also, while loading and unloading gear is fairly straightforward, you will need to play with it a little to get your gear in proper position before you lock the thing in place, which means they need to be placed on the outer edge of the load bars where you have easy access, especially if you use lock cores. Also, keep in mind the spread of your load bars and the length of your cargo. If your spread is longer then the shaft of your paddle (just the shaft, not length of the whole paddle) it won't work.