Just some advice on the whole flying thing, it will cost an arm and a leg already for checking those bags. The only airline that doesnt charge very much is Southwest. If the airline knows it's a foam core item (surfboard, wakeboard, etc.) The price goes up, and many airlines won't insure it... What I do is if you have an address to mail it to, do that. With UPS it cost me 25 bucks to ship it from Dallas, TX to San Jose, CA. Good Luck bro.
P.S. With shipping, they will insure it no problems.