Want to Start Surfing? Hit the Water With These Essentials
If you'll be spending weekends or a vacation at the beach this summer, why not pick up a new (and, more importantly, fun) hobby that can also count as your workout in the water? Surfing is just that hobby. Though we love a lazy day relaxing on the sand, nothing rivals the natural high of catching your first wave. Not only will it help keep you in shape, but paddling out to the open sea is also a great way to spend time in the water while working on your sun tan (but don't go without sunscreen). Aside from the obvious surfboard, there are a few necessities to know about before you take up the summer sport. To help you prepare like a pro, we tapped the experts from Air & Speed Surf Shop in Montauk, New York, who provided a master list of essentials to stock up on before you start shredding. Below is everything you'll need (and why) to hang ten this summer.
Channel Islands Water Hog Surfboard by Al Merrick ($838)
If there's one thing you need to surf, it's a surfboard. Stability and paddling speed are key when it comes to progressing, and a longboard will help a beginner out with both. Typically between 8 and 10 feet, a longboard will have you up and shredding in no time.
Lovin' Summer Santorini Beach Tent ($160)
You'll work up a sweat while shredding, so make sure you have a designated shaded space to cool down. Lovin' Summer's tents are lightweight and collapsible, making them easy to carry on your trek to and from the beach. The best part? They're UPF 40, so they block more than 97.5% of UV rays.
Mara Hoffman Aloe Printed Quarter Sleeve Rashguard ($174)
Sometimes it's just too hot for a wetsuit. When the sun is shining and water temperatures warm up, you can get away with wearing only a rash guard on top. Rash guards prevent chafing and skin irritation and can also provide some extra SPF protection.
Sexwax Quick Humps Surf Wax ($2)
Surfboards are slippery when wet, and wax is used to help you grip the board and prevent your feet from sliding off. You should wax your board every few sessions for optimal traction. The type of wax depends on the water temperature, so if you're surfing in the summer, you'll want to coat your board with warm-water wax.
Badger Balm Broad Spectrum Sport Sunscreen ( $16 ) ($13)
Especially while you're exposed out on the water, it's so important to protect yourself from the sun. This zinc oxide cream from Badger Balm is made with all-natural, organic ingredients and is water- and sweat-resistant, so you'll stay safe from even the strongest rays while you surf. This solution is also biodegradable and safe for coral reefs and other ecosystems, so it's the ideal sunblock to wear surfing.
Are you interested in taking up surfing this summer?