Cable lock. Simple, lightweight, and enough of a deterrent to keep most thieves away. The longer you leave it though, the more likely it may get snagged... Just take it back to the car if you plan on doing the apres thing for awhile after riding...
Right, but the chances of a rider carrying a simple multi-tool opposed to someone carrying bolt cutters are pretty different. I am still agreeing with you though as it is better to have something than nothing.
I actually had 2 boards stolen in the same season 2 or 3 years ago. The first was a cheaper old board(nice graphic) with clicker bindings, not locked, but really? who the fV<K steals clickers? The 2nd was a cheap LTD with base model flow's, locked with a cheap cable lock, for 20 minutes outside the bar. Just enough time for me to take a piss, take 2 shots of rum, get a beer and walk outside to have a smoke.
The cheap cable locks are completely useless. I bought another one to lock my next board but I'd keep it lashed to my boot cuz I didn't like it in my pocket. It managed to get under the edge of my board when I was landing a 10' jump, completely smashed to bits AND cut the cable.
Buy a good lock(bike chain lock or better) or keep your board in your sight/locked in car at all times.
either use a board check, take it with you, or have a friend watch it. everything else is pointless. if someone wants your board, they arent gonna take the one next to it because it isnt locked. they are probably already prepared to snip your cable lock.
I carry my board with me all the time too, I even take it into the bathroom and rub my dick all over it put it by the sink/towel dispenser. I've only had one person in the loft/bar try to make me put my board outside, I told them to fV<K off I'm a member here, no more trouble I don't completely trust ski-check either, I've had them try to give me the worng board. I told them it wasn't my board and luckily they recognized me and gave me back my board.