Are you a Barney hoping to someday surf like Bethany Hamilton? That would be gnarly!
Catching waves is a multi-billion dollar industry. Who knew that surfing equipment would generate so much revenue?
Are you hitting the surf shop about to embark on a journey with this exciting sport?
What gear do you need as a surfer? Check out this guide to discover the ultimate list of surfing gear every surfer needs.
SURFING GEAR EVERY SURFER NEEDS
Surfing can be an expensive sport right out of the gate. It’s a good idea to borrow, rent or buy second-hand equipment in the beginning.
Here is what you need before you hit the waves:
1. A SURFBOARD
You’ll find that there are several types of surfboards. You’ll want to seek the advice of someone at a surf shop to find the one that’s right for you.
If you are just beginning, a bigger board is better. A foam board is also recommended for beginners. It will be a little softer on your body when you fall when first learning. You’ll find them at any surf store.
Ask about installing surf fins for better performance on your board.
Also called a leg rope, the leash will help you and your surfboard stay together. As a rule, the leash should measure the same length as your board or longer.
It is also a safety feature. It keeps you connected to your board in any event.
3. SURF WAX OR TRACTION PAD
You can attach a traction pad to your board as an option instead of wax. The traction pad will last for years if well-maintained.
In the event that your board does not have a traction pad, you’ll need to wax your board to have some traction while riding waves.
The wax is applied to the board in the area where your feet go to keep you from slipping and sliding.
Wet suit? Rash guard? One- or two-piece bathing suit? Board shorts? Which one is your preference?
If you choose to start out with a bathing suit, then a rash guard is a must. A good quality “rashie” will keep your skin from being irritated by the salt, the board, and the rubbing. As a bonus, it will protect your skin from harmful UV rays as well.
On the other hand, you may want to invest in a good wet suit. It will protect your whole body from the elements. There is a big range in price, so do your homework before buying.
5. SURF EARPLUGS
If you don’t know what surfer’s ear is, you don’t want to find out. Get yourself a good pair of earplugs to use especially when surfing in cold water to prevent this painful condition.
ARE YOU READY TO HANG TEN?
Now you’ve learned what surfing gear you need to get started on the waves. We at the San Diego Surf School are here to help you every step of the way. Visit us for packages and pricing.