This pack is more of a lifestyle board pack, not a core user pack. If you want to stabilize the board more, then you could unthread the buckle, thread it through the bottom of the buckle used for compression, and then put the buckle back on. the threading will provide a channel for the web to go through, and eliminate any kind of josteling side to side. you might want to look at an osprey, BD, or backcountry access if you are worried about load carrying abilities. Dakine makes a great lifestyle pack, but not as good of a core user product.