If you’ve just started surfing, chances are you don’t yet own your own surfboard, or all the gear that comes with it. But that’s not necessarily a problem! Many surfers rent or borrow the equipment they need. However, if you want to have your own surf gear, here is a small list of the essentials.
Of course, you are in no way obliged to buy everything at the same time. Not to mention that while there are plenty of gear and gadgets out there that can make a surfer’s life easier, the first thing to focus on are the few essentials for a smooth surf session.
For beginners, the ideal is to equip yourself with a rather large surfboard, it will help you in the water. If you don’t want to spend thousands and cents on a new surfboard, it’s better to go for used surfboards. Go to a surf shop to get advice on choosing your board. It’s their job, they will always be able to advise you the best!
THE SURF WETSUIT
To choose your surf suit, you must first set a budget. Indeed, the prices of wetsuits vary enormously and depend on many criteria. Above all, think that the ideal diving suit must above all do its job: protect you from the water and the cold! For a first suit, focus on its efficiency and practicality rather than superfluous features.
Are you looking for a surf school? In Capbreton, Spirit Surf School offers courses suitable for all levels!
THE SURF LEASH
The surf leash is essential equipment. It is quite inexpensive, but it can save your life. A good leash should be at least as long as your surfboard, to allow you to move when you fall off it and avoid getting hit by the board.
Unless your surfboard has a coating, you will also need wax, the wax used for surfboards. But what is it for? It prevents you from slipping off your surfboard. It adds substance to your surfboard when you apply it where your feet should be. A quintessential essential for a smooth surf session. Imagine yourself, on a beautiful beach in Hossegor, applying the wax to your board. The perfect surfer image!
If you think you are ready to face anything with your wetsuit and your surfboard, think again! You are still missing an absolutely essential element. It’s sunscreen! Skin cancer is not something to be taken lightly, and you should do your best to protect your skin. Not to mention that sun exposure not only increases your risk of developing skin cancer, it also hastens the appearance of wrinkles, causes skin discoloration and more.
Do not hesitate to apply a good layer of sunscreen, and renew the application every hour, especially if you have been in the water. And even more if you go surfing in Tahiti!
If you plan to surf in cold water, then earplugs are a must. If you don’t use them, you risk developing exostosis, also known as “surfer’s ear”. These are small bones growing in your ear canal. This phenomenon is often painful and can lead to infection and even hearing loss. Unfortunately, the only treatment is surgery. It is therefore essential to get a pair of earplugs and use them whenever you surf in cold water.