Learning to ride a big wave and avoiding a painful wipe out are musts for any serious surfer. Although, if you’re just starting out, you’ve got to cover the basics and make yourself comfortable with the right surfing gear. Aside from the quintessential surfboard, here are the essential gears a newbie surfer must have:
Having the right wetsuit keeps you warm and cozy. After all, most of us don’t surf in Hawaii every day. With a price range of $18.00 – $34.95, O’Neill Wetsuits Basic Skins Rash Tee is a good value for your money. The stretchable polyester/spandex fabric has a UV protection system designed to keep you free from annoying rashes. Best of all, the super flexible tee won’t stop you from mastering surfing moves.
You’ll slip a lot off the board while just learning to surf, but less so if you apply the proper surf wax on the board’s deck. Most surf wax brands are inexpensive, so you have no excuse for not waxing up your surfboard. On the other hand, if you’ve got plenty of budgets, Mr. Zogs Original Sex Wax (Tropical Water Temperature 2-Pack) at $6.75 is the best out there.
Wipeouts are nightmares for newbies and pro surfers alike, but there lurks a more serious threat than damaged pride: drowning. However, you don’t have to worry about that if you’ve geared up with a good surfboard leash. This specially designed leash has a system that keeps it attached to the surfboard’s deck on one end and to your ankle. FCS Regular 7mm Surf Leash is a good choice for beginners. The cord is engineered to be strong and elastic, plus it has a padded high-density neoprene ankle strap to keep your ankle comfortable. Not bad for a price range of $24.98 – $34.98.
Even if you’re out of the water, you’re still in danger of getting injured whenever you’re out to surf. Remember, you need to walk through the beach before you can get into the water and not all beaches are soft and sandy. You’ve got to deal with a lot of rocks, shells, and other debris the sea can throw at you. So consider investing in a pair of quality surf booties like O’Neill Reactor Reef Boot ($18.81 – $36.95) and NeoSport Wetsuits Premium Neoprene 3mm Hi Top Zipper Boot ($26.86 – $45.00).
Surfboards are expensive, so you’ve got to love your board and take good care of it as if it was your good friend. A good surfboard bag will help keep your board in good condition for a long time. Dakine’s water and heat resistant surfboard bags range from $79.77 – $134.99 and offers plenty of padding. If you have a deep wallet, you might consider DaKine World Traveler Surfboard Coffin w/ Wheels. It costs $379.95, but then shipping is free!