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Essential Surfing Equipment

Surfing is a relatively cheap sport. Once you have all the equipment at home you just need the sea and your desire to enjoy this hobby, but what material is really needed to start surfing?

In another post, I already commented that you should take your first surf trip, but if you have already passed the surf school stage and you want to start flying alone this is the team you will need.

Equipment needed to surf

  1. Surfboard

This may sound obvious, but it is. The board is almost all you need to follow your surfing learning. As you know, there are a lot of Table models…you still don’t know? Then it’s time for you to read this article.

If you are starting the most recommended is an evolutionary one. This type of board will serve you both to control the take-off and to learn how to do your first maneuvers, and because of its volume, it is perfect for small days where the waves are not as strong. It is essential to choose your first surfboard well as your successes or failures will depend on it.

  1. Invention or leash

Do you know what the device is? I love that name, I don’t know where it comes from but I guess at the time of its creation it was quite a revolution, hence it will remain as the invention.

The invention or the leash is the cord that binds the table to your foot for that this is not you go each time you drag a wave.

Inventions have several sizes depending on the type and size of the table you use. It is advisable to keep the invention in good condition and make sure it is not broken before you go into the water. It’s No fun to see you trapped under a wave without a board to hold on to or have to swim out of the water because you’ve lost your board.

  1. Wetsuit

Depending on the season you go surfing, you’ll need one type of neoprene or another. It is important to know how to choose a good neoprene so as not to have a bad time in the water.

Depending on the temperature of the water yo,u can choose:

  1. Lycra

This is really a substitute for neoprene on warmer days. Surfing without a T-shirt can cause friction against the board, the best option is to put on a licker both to avoid rubbing and to protect yourself from the sun. Many people also put them under neoprene to avoid friction.

  1. Wax or Paraffin

Wax will be essential so, you don’t slip off the board and surf smoothly. As a general rule, you will only need one type of wax, but in case it is the first time you wax the table it is advisable to put the first base:

  • Basecoat: you should keep in mind that if this is the first time you wax the board first you will need a basecoat that will serve as “glue” for the wax.
  • Wax or paraffin: there are different types of wax depending on the water temperature. Choosing the right type of wax depending on where you surf is important to prevent the wax from becoming hard and not gripping or to prevent it from melting.

The best-known brand is sex wax and they recommend this type of waxes for these temperatures:

  1. Skirts, hats, and gloves

These plugins are optional. But on cold days you at least have a few booties to wrap up warm a little foot.

Surf skirts are different from neoprene socks used by bodyboarders. Surfers have a hard sole that prevents sliding on the board.

  1. Table cover

The most recommended is to keep the table in a cover. If you’re not going on long trips, a sock case will be enough.

If you’re going to travel, on the other hand, I recommend you buy a travel cover. They are more padded so they will give more protection to your board and are also easier to transport.

These are my essentials to be able to surf smoothly throughout the year. Of course, whether you’re surfing in the summer or on sunny days, it’s important to wear sunscreen with you. Is there anything you’d add to this list?