I will be using this bag when I fly and I think it's padded enough to protect my board and my boots. I may pad it further with my jacket and pants.
The cheetah print is really cute; it's girly, but not too girly. The interior is a nice insulated waterproof liner, similar to the ones they line lunch bags with (shiny silver). I like the detachable shoulder strap and the handles for carrying. The bag is very light, so the only weight you'll be carrying is that of your board, boots, etc
My board is a bit long (60") and it fits perfectly, even with maybe an inch to spare. My bindings are still attached and I have no trouble zipping the bag shut. My boots fit perfectly (Women's size 9). In other words, it's a very roomy bag. Hope my review helps!