Preparing for a surf trip for the first time but don’t know what to bring? Well, don’t worry anymore, because I will share my surfing essentials with you. Incidentally, the list below is not written on importance.
My God! Every time I go on a surf trip, this is my number 1 priority, to make sure I have all my bikinis packed. So far I have 5 bikini tops and 3 bikini bottoms – they all still serve me well. Tip: If you want to go surfing in a bikini, make sure you pick a good bikini that can withstand an epic wipeout without fail or you’ll feed the eyes of everyone in the lineup. LOL
2. Rash Guard/Thermal
I only wear them when the sun is too hot or it’s too cold. “Rashies” is also a good protection during the jellyfish season.
THIS IS A MUST! Make sure to apply your sunblock to protect your skin from UV light, and also reapply at least every two hours. Healthy skin is a healthy life.
4. Board Shorts
My favorite shorts! Because it is so comfortable to wear and easy to dry.
Your eyes are one of the vital parts of your body, without them you have no chance to see the world. It can give you the best experience you’ll ever have, so keep it healthy in return. When you are out of the water and the sun is burning, always wear eye protection. Protect it at all costs.
If you don’t want your face to go completely dark, you can wear a cap in or out of the water. If you are afraid of losing your favorite cap, you can get a special cap designed for surf.
7. Water Tank
When I started surfing, I fell in love with Mother Nature. Everywhere I go I always carry a 1 liter reusable water container filled with water, that way I don’t have to buy small plastic bottles anymore when I’m thirsty. Small deed? Yes, will it make a difference? It could be, I just have to try. We should all just try to bear the responsibility that the future of the young is in our hands. They will reap what we sow today. Am I talking too much? Okay sorry. Continue.
8. Beach Blanket
One of the best feelings in the world for beach lovers is located on the coast and is kissed by the warmth of the sun and enjoy the relaxing breeze from the sea. Beach blankets can also be used for changing if there are no toilets nearby.
As a first-timer, I know most of you are really afraid of drowning. Believe me! I know how it felt, I’ve been there too! I can swim, yes, although not the pro type, but as good as I am, I know it is extremely crazy to outsmart the ocean because it is simply impossible. Scary? Yes, but if you want to learn something new, you have to discover the art of putting your fears and doubts aside and taking risks. I’ve been surfing for almost 3 years now and to be honest I haven’t mastered it yet, I still get cold feet every time I paddle out. What am I doing to survive it? I trusted my instructors because they know better. Your willingness to surf must be greater than your fears.
After your first try, you realized that you are already addicted. Just like Kelly Slater said, ‘It’s like a mafia. Once you’re in, you’re in. There is no way out.” If you want to officially make surfing a hobby, you have to commit to it, otherwise everything you invested in it will be wasted.
10. Surf wax
If you are ready to ride a hardtop board, yes the fiberglass board, then you need a surf wax. A surf wax is used by surfers to prevent slipping on the board. There are so many types of board wax, but if you are going to surf in the Philippines, opt for the tropical wax. Was it confusing? Don’t worry, you’ll get the hang of it over time.
If you don’t want to invest on a board yet, you can start investing by buying your own leash. It is brand new and the Velcro is still sticky. In my experience, I felt safer using my own belt than renting one.
Buying a board is a big step. You will spend a huge amount of money and yet it would help you to spend more in the future. When I got hooked, I calculated the hours I would spend my money renting a board in a year and it made me realize that having my own board will save me more, so after a year I decided to board formed by a local shaper here in the Philippines.
13. The Beach
As a person who starts surfing, you need to know where you want to start surfing. You need to know what to call your home vacation and where you will develop your skills. Make friends with the locals avoid conflicts.
Honestly my friendship with them has taught me so much, their manners, their love for the ocean and their devotion. When you’re ready, you can start exploring other places, because you can’t stay in your comfort zone forever. When you are in a foreign place, you develop your skills more and you are also more flexible.
“The best surfer there is is the one who has the most fun” – Phil Edwards
About the writer:
Hi! I am Angel, 100% Filipino. Born and raised in the Philippines. Wanderlust, Adventure Seeker, a shutterbug, an animal and nature lover, a novice surfer, and loud and proud Negra (a girl with tanned skin). Blog page: The Lakwatserang Negra
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