Besides learning the basics of surfing, beginner surfers also need to get their own surf gear. You can opt to rent these items, but if you are planning to take up surfing as a regular hobby, you should invest in your own equipment.
As a beginner, you only really need a few items such as surfboard. However, when you progress into a more advanced surfer, you will need some other gadgets and protective items which will help you surf more comfortably for extended periods of time in varying water temperatures. There is a list of surfing equipment that you will need to have before starting hitting those tasty waves.
The most important equipment you need is the surfboard that you will ride waves with. However, it is a little challenging to shop for because there are some different types of surfboards for different wave conditions and experience levels.
The best way is to head to your local surf shop or the nearest one to your surf camp and ask about the right type for you. Don’t forget to include surf fins because they will further improve the performance of your board. You can have more than one installed at the same time. Try different fin configurations to find the one which gives you your desired level of drive and stability.
Note: If you’re just beginning to learn to surf, consider the 2+1 (one main fin and two side fins) configuration in order to achieve optimum stability.
In addition, remember to get a surfboard bag to wrap and protect your board when you’re not using it.
If you have never surfed, you may not know about the surf wax, which helps surfers maintain a good grip on their surfboard while riding waves. The surf wax has jagged edges to create textured grooves, helping ensure good traction. It is rubbed on a dry board before each session and can be removed with a wax comb.
Instead of surf wax, traction pad is a good alternative. However, traction pad is commonly more expensive than surf wax.