When you begin surfing, you might be renting all of your equipment or borrowing from a friend. However, there’ll come a time when you want your own equipment… But how do you decide what’s best for you? And how do you do it without clearing out your bank account?
In this post, we’ll take a look at some of the most important surfing equipment to take on your next trip to the beach. Whether you’re new to surfing or an experienced rider, these surfing essentials will make your beach activities more fun.
First on the list for essential surf equipment is pretty obvious… a surfboard. There’s a huge variety of surfboards out there so it can be tricky to know which the right one is for you. It’s a good idea to get some expert advice – whether that comes from a surf shop, a friend, or online. For beginners, the wider the surfboard the better and the height should be around a foot to a foot and a half taller than you. Ombe has a great resource on this.
If you want to give SUP surf a go (a cross between stand up paddleboarding and surfing) check out GILI Paddle Boards.
Getting a good wetsuit is important for surfing – especially if you’re planning to surf in cold waters. It’s important that before deciding what kind of wetsuit to buy, you know your budget. While you might like the color and finish, the most important thing is that a wetsuit protects you. Not just from the water and the wind, but also from the sun. It’s the most effective sunscreen there is! Of course, if you’re surfing somewhere warmer you can always get a super comfy pair of board shorts and lather on the sunscreen.
When you’ve got your board, you’ll need to find a way to stay attached to it. A surf leash is a way to do so, and it’s one of the best ways to stay safe while surfing. Good leashes will be about the same length as your surfboard, meaning that you can fall away from the board and not be hit by it. If you’re on a budget, you’ll be pleased to know that surf leashes are rather cheap.
For those who are planning Surf SUP, you won’t be able to use the same leash for both sports. A surf leash is more likely to break with the larger board, so get a purpose-built surf SUP leash instead.
Safety isn’t all about staying on the board and avoiding currents and (say it quietly) sharks! Even if you’re wearing a wetsuit, you’ll still need to protect the parts of your body that are exposed. A high factor sunscreen (such as 50 or above) is one of the best ways to do this. Remember to re-apply it throughout the day too, especially after going in the water – even if you get a water repellent sunscreen.
In the short term, it’ll mean you don’t have to spend the next day in the shade feeling sad and red. Longer-term, you’ll have lowered your risk to skin cancer and you’re less likely to develop wrinkles.
If you’ve gone to the expense of buying a surfboard, you’ll want to keep it looking good and take care of it. Otherwise, what’s the point of splashing out any amount of money?! Best get some surf wax. Not only does it keep your board looking good, but it’ll stop you from slipping around on your surfboard. Put it where your feet should be and you’ll have more control and grip. Surf wax is inexpensive, and there are several companies out there that make eco-friendly and natural surf wax.
Anyone who has been surfing for more than one lesson will know that earplugs are essential! If you don’t use earplugs, you could develop surfer’s ear which is where small bones grow in your ear channel. Conditions such as cold water and wind are more likely to lead to this but better safe than sorry. Surfer’s ear can be painful and some of the side effects include loss of hearing and severe pain. The only option to repair it is surgery. So do yourself a favor and get plugs. It’ll save a LOT of hassle in the long run.
Last but not least when it comes to surfing essentials, you’ll need a travel bag. This will protect your surfboard in transit, such as on planes and other public transport. Good surf bags can cost between $400 and $500 so anyone on a budget should consider a used bag instead.
Now that you know what to take surfing…
You’ll need to find somewhere to go surfing. If you’re looking to do so in Europe, then Dubrovnik and the Dalmatian coast is a great place to catch some waves. If you’re looking for travel tips and tricks for this area, check out more info on Go Dubrovnik. You’ll be able to find all of the hidden gems in this sunny spot in Croatia!