All good points Lennox, and - sincerely I share your concerns.
but the fact is most surfers need to travel to some extent, by car/plane etc.
Omnia mutantur, nos et mutamur in illis-
Air Travel is here, de facto de jure.
As you very wisely said no amount of sepia toned nostalgia will bring it back.
So -we can try to make things better for the future in a pragmatic way.
For example in my podcast I have interviewed people about Synfuels and cleaner jet engines (show 19)
As consumers we can force change.
A major problem I have with the ban is that it singles out surfers - so that is really unfair.
Most of us want to travel to surf at some stage.
Being discriminated against by BA is unfair.
Lets try to solve this current problem, together - and move twoards cleaner air travel in the future, together
When it comes to travel I do what I can. Locally I cycle, use trains and trams - hence the new 7’2 board ( made with Biofoam and bioresin from the UK and Bamboo fabric from US) as I am tired of being scolded by conductors (7’2" is the standard height of a tram/train/bus over here)
I normally have to fly to go to work so I try where possible to bring a board with me when going to work, then rebook my flight at the end of a contract and surf locally - killing two birds with one stone - but if boards were banned by BA then the other option is to fly to that place twice, but using a different airline.
The ban makes no sense.