RE: Carrying gear to the water
I have been carrying my board the way you describe.
Regarding posting text.
Underneath the usual "Welcome rod_r..., Edit profile..., Posts: ...." lines, I get the long narrow grey subject bar which has "Sticky Thread" to the left of it and the large grey text box which I am writing in now with "You are not authorised to view this Forum" to the left of it.
Then after the smiley and attachment options down the bottom I can choose between a "Threads" or "Last post" grey box to click to enter my post, ( which is a bit confusing).
Anyway, as long as the message is getting through that's the main thing.