Surfing Equipment List for Beginners (part 2)
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.
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.
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.