Surfing Equipment

Surfing Equipment List for Beginners (part 3)

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Surfing Equipment List for Beginners (part 3)

Board Shorts

Board shorts are popular among surfers who prefer more coverage. Some male surfers like to go shirtless and choose boardshorts with swim trunks underneath. They are usually made of stitchless, quick-dry, and stretchy fabrics. However, they can cause drag because of having a lot of loose fabric around the thighs.

Wetsuit

If you surf in cold waters, you will need a good wetsuit. This multi-purpose underwater garment, typically made of neoprene, offers more warmth to help you surf during the winter months with low temperatures.

There are three common types of wetsuits: the shorty with short arm sleeves and covering the thighs; the spring suit with full-length sleeves and short legs or vice versa; and the full suit (or steamer) with long sleeves, full legs, and sometimes even a hoodie.

Surf Poncho/Jacket

When surfing during colder months, another thing you may need is a surf poncho or jacket. They help keep you warm when you are out of the water, riding by boat to your surf destination, or  doing cold morning surf checks. In addition, surf poncho can help dry you up like a towel would.

Hoods, Boots, and Gloves

To prepare for surfing in cold waters or during colder months, besides a thick wetsuit that cover your arms and legs, don’t forget to shop for other clothing items which can cover the rest of your exposed body parts. You’ll need a hoodie that can cover everything from your neck to the top of your head except for your face. You’ll also need snug aqua gloves to provide enough warmth for your hands but not make it difficult for you to get a good grip of your board. Moreover, a good pair of surf boots is necessary to give you plenty of traction on your board.

Sunscreen

Whether it is summer or winter, you have to cover any exposed skin with sunscreen. To avoid having to reapply many times, choose a high SPF sunscreen that is quick-absorbing and waterproof.

Surfing Equipment

Surfing Equipment List for Beginners (part 2)

Posted by Sue Steward on
Surfing Equipment List for Beginners (part 2)

Leash

A board leash (leg rope) is an important safety equipment which helps you beginners surf safely by keeping you connected to the surf board via the ankle or calf. A leash  not only makes it easier for you to retrieve your board every time you wipe out but also keeps you safe above water by functioning as a flotation device when you are tired, lost, or too far from the shore. Therefire, it’s a general rule for beginners as well as even more advanced ones to use a leash for any water sport which requires the use of a board.

Proper Surf Wear

Like stand up paddle boarding, you can wear anything you want when surfing. However, if you want to have a good time out there, remember to choose the proper surf wear. And you surely don’t want to lose any piece of clothing while trying to ride a wave.

Swimsuit

Many surfers wear Speedos or bikinis during the summer and only cover up in the colder months. But when you’re a beginner who’s going to be falling off the board repeatedly and hitting waves, we suggest ladies to wear one-piece swimsuits and men to wear snug swim briefs.

Rash Guard

A popular swimwear option for any kind of water activity is rash guards. They are typically designed to protect your skin against irritation and harmful exposure to the sun. They are  made of quick-dry, lightweight material that helps shield the skin from the UV rays of sun.

Popular rash guards for summer surfing are those with short sleeves. For extra layer of warmth, you can wear them underneath a wetsuit or with a pair of boardshorts. Another option is long sleeved ones which you can wear for colder days, if you want something thinner than a wetsuit.

Surfing Equipment

Surfing Equipment List for Beginners (part 1)

Posted by Sue Steward on
Surfing Equipment List for Beginners (part 1)

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.

Surfboard

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.

Surf Wax/Traction Pad

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.