Surfing Equipment List for Beginners (part 3)
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.
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.
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.
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.