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There is something to be said about a perfect wave. For many surfers, it's an endless search throughout a lifetime filled with disappointment and missed windows. For those who live in Lemoore, CA a world-class wave is just around the corner. Kelly Slater's wave pool, the Surf Ranch is 700 meters long, 150 meters wide, and it's a sight for sore eyes. The wave is created by large metal hydrofoil submerged in the water and attached to a train-like vehicle that gets pulled down a track by a cable at speeds of 30 kmh (19 mph). It's a modern marvel that makes you scratch your head and wonder what the future of surfing holds.
Wave pools are starting to gain momentum these days. The wave pools offer an allure that cannot be found in an ocean setting such as consistency in wave count, form and size. Premium seating for spectators and easily attainable amenities for viewers and competitors alike is another bonus. Their popularity has reached a truly international interest. These crafted artificial waves have been built in countries such as China, Dubai, Spain, Australia, Japan, and the United States to name a few.
Complete with regulated water temperature, seaweed free, and wild sea life free (ex. sharks, jellyfish, water-dwelling snakes) some may say that wave pools are the future. Others might hold a different outlook. Surfing is much more than how you ride and piece of crafted foam atop a wave. Surfing is a spiritual experience accompanied by utter fear and self-doubt. Surfing tests those who enter the water and constantly humble those that think they have conquered the sport. With one set of complications removed, it makes way for a completely new and untested realm of obstacles. It is understandable why a wave pool stop has been included in the WSL (World Surfing League) championship tour.
Some may argue that surfers may not feel complete after a day of riding an artificial wave however competitively there is consistency and predictability with surfers not having to depend on Mother Nature. A perfect wave evens the playing field. When all the waves are identical competitors can be judged on their talent alone. It may be a cast of luck that sends a perfect set to a competitor during their heat. Other unlucky competitors are sent “ankle-snappers” which are smaller waves leaving surfers desperate trying to get a decent score.
With the man-made perfection of 6 foot peeling waves at Kelly Slater's Wave Ranch booting up surfers are challenged to concoct a scripted wave run while all the meanwhile attempting to make this display of routine looked unplanned and unpredictable. This can create a new facet for competition surfing. Stay tuned and let us know what you prefer: the ocean or wave pool?
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Last weekend I had the unfortunate experience of getting stung by a stingray and man was it an experience I could do without. I was surfing the beach breaks in Del Mar, San Diego with two friends. We got in the water early because we had to get in a session before work. The water was warm, so I wore trunks and a wetsuit top. I brought several different foam boards for my friends to test out including my two favorites, an 8-Foot Wavestorm and a 7-foot Storm Blade.
As we stepped from the dry sand and into the ankle-deep water, my friend pointed out a stingray that was swimming back into the ocean from the shallows. It was about a foot across, and a light gray color. We watched as it scurried into the whitewater, obviously spooked by our presence. It went without saying that today we would all be “stingray shuffling” from that moment on.
The stingray shuffle is a phrase used to describe the act of sliding your feet along the sand as you walk in the ocean water. This sliding motion is done as opposed to picking up your feet off the sand, moving forward, and placing them back onto the sand (or an unsuspecting stingray). The idea is that the vibrations from your feet sliding on the sand scares away any stingrays that might be lying in your path.
So, there we were, sliding our feet as we made our way into the waves. About 1 hour and 1 epic Wavestorm session later, I found myself swimming into shore to retrieve my board which had gotten away from me. I managed to bodysurf a wave into about chest-deep water. As I went to put my feet down to jump into the next wall of whitewater coming at me. I felt a little wriggle below my left foot and then a sharp pain right in the arch of my foot.
I knew right then and there that my luck was up. I had gone 28 years without getting nailed by a stingray, but my moment had finally arrived. I was long overdue. I thought to myself, “Wow, that wasn’t that bad,” and I continued towards the shore, being extra careful not to lift my feet again.
It took about 5 minutes for the pain to set in, and for me to realize that getting stung was no joke. I immediately headed for the lifeguard headquarters, which just happened to be in front of where we were surfing. I asked if they had any hot water and showed them the bottom of my foot which at this point had a small trickle of blood coming out of the inch-long slice where the barbed stingray stinger entered my foot. They took me to a corner and filled a bucket with enough scalding hot water to cover my foot, and they added a little bleach “to help disinfect the cut.”
By the time the bucket was full of hot water, my foot had really begun to hurt. The most incredible sharp, burning pain sensation had overtaken my foot and had begun traveling up my ankle. This was a serious, gut-wrenching pain of the likes I had only experienced a few times in my life.
Over the course of the next hour and a half, I would repeatedly empty and refill the bucket with the hottest water I could possibly handle to help neutralize the venom that had entered my foot. Several times I tried to leave, but no matter how bad I wanted to tough it out and get to work, I could not tolerate having my foot out of the water longer than a couple of minutes. The hot water helped make the pain somewhat tolerable. I had to call in sick.
I ended up hanging out in the lifeguard tower for around 2 hours all said and done. By that point, the pain had subsided to just a throbbing, burning feeling that I could tolerate without the hot water, although I had to limp over to my car. My foot was completely red and swollen, much like the allergic reactions to bee stings I had as a kid.
When I finally got home, I rinsed the wound out with clean water and applied an antibiotic ointment onto the cut. The rest of the day I walked around with a slight limp, nothing very noticeable.
One week later, the cut and blister that developed around the cut are nearly healed, though the area around the cut is noticeably firmer than the rest of my foot. At night I get itching attacks where the area around the cut itches incredibly bad.
If you have already been stung, I feel for you. If you haven’t been stung, make sure to stingray shuffle always and avoid getting stung at all costs. If you have just been stung and stumbled on this article, get to a lifeguard tower as soon as possible, you are in for a wild ride.
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For us surfers, much of our attraction to the ocean comes from the pureness of the water and the connection we feel to its raw energy as we harness the waves under our boards, ride after ride. As we sit in the water and wait for waves to come in, we can hardly appreciate its vastness and beauty. The water is refreshing for us and provides life either directly or indirectly for all the earth’s living species.
An unfortunate trait about the ocean is that nothing taints its beauty and our connection to it as much as trash and filth. Not only is trash dangerous to us and the other things living in the water, but it makes the water totally unappealing. Have you ever been to a coast that is littered in trash? Have you ever seen a wave with plastic and garbage floating around in it? It is disgusting and immediately destroys that allure we typically have for the water.
The pureness and beauty of our oceans is one worth preserving for future generations. As such it is important to maintain its cleanliness in any way we can. In addition to picking up and disposing properly of any garbage you may bring to the beach, we propose that you “take three for the sea”.
Taking three for the sea means picking up at least three extra pieces of trash out of the water or off the sand every time you surf or go to the beach.
While this may not seem like much, three pieces of trash could equate to hundreds and hundreds of millions of pieces of trash in only one year, if every beachgoer collected trash every time they visited the beach. So while one visit’s trash collection efforts may seem insignificant, the cumulative effect of many people would surely make a difference in keeping our coastline clean. Our underwater friends would appreciate our efforts at keeping their home clean as well.
I have found that it is easy to find trash in the sand at almost every beach I frequent. If I don’t happen to find trash on my walk across the beach, I usually lay down my Wavestorm on the sand and stroll the beach for a couple of extra minutes until I have found at least three pieces of trash.
Now that you have read about “taking three for the sea,” share the message with a friend and encourage them to do the same The small amount of effort we put into keeping our beach clean will pay off greatly in the long run, allowing future generations to enjoy the clean environment for years to come.
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Summertime is my absolute favorite time to surf. Nothing beats the warm water, the relaxed vibe in the air, and the sand on your feet as you sit down for a post-surf session burger. Like a double-double from In-N-Out, or a California burrito from the local Mexican food joint, there is one board I can always count on to deliver a solid summer surf. My 8-foot Wavestorm never leaves my car during the summer, and I’ll tell you why.
It Works in All Conditions
I don’t always know exactly what the conditions are going to be like when I go to the beach during the summer and I don’t always know how long I will be there, but I know without a doubt that my Wavestorm will work in any conditions thrown at it. Whether it is knee-high and blown out, well-overhead and blown out, or perfect hurricane quality conditions, my Wavestorm has seen it, and consistently delivered an amazing surf session because it always works. It may not be the highest performing board out there, but it will drive through onshore chop like a dream and get in early in big waves. I can always count on my ‘Storm to get plenty of fun waves.
I Loan it to Friends and Family
If you are anything like me, summertime means family and friends visiting and wanting to learn how to surf. There is no better board for this purpose than a Wavestorm. Not only is it an excellent board for learning to surf, but it is well-priced and durable. I don’t even need to think twice before lending out my Wavestorm to friends or packing it in my in-law’s rental van on top of the beach chairs. It handles abuse way better than a fiberglass board and is relatively easy to repair at home. Plus, Wavestorms are the ultimate party-wave board.
It is Easy to Ride
The Wavestorm is incredibly stable and paddles into waves better than just about any board out there. This makes it one of my favorite boards to ride during the summer, and even year-round. The ease with which it surfs is perfect for summertime because it brings the focus on having fun.
It is Soft
Summertime means crowds of people gathering at the beach. Occasionally surfboards get loose and there is the possibility of it running into someone. Wavestorms are made of foam, which is a lot softer on impact than a traditional fiberglass surfboard. With kids and others wading in the shallow water, it’s a good idea to play it safe and ride a foam surfboard to prevent serious injury to others.
No One Ever Had a Bad Sessions on a Wavestorm
I’ve never heard of anyone having a bad surf session on a Wavestorm. It rides smooth and easy, paddles quickly, and allows me to catch tons of waves. Most important of all, the Wavestorm brings my focus back to having fun. To me that is what summer is all about, and that’s what keeps me going back to my Wavestorm time and time again.
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Just finished unwrapping your brand new Wavestorm surfboard and want to make sure it lasts as long as possible? This article is for you. A properly maintained Wavestorm can be one of the best surfing investments you make, bringing you years of carefree surfing pleasure. As with any sport, taking care of your surfing gear and especially your board, is a must. Use these five tips to keep you Wavestorm in top shape throughout its life.
Always Check the Fin Screws Before Entering the Water
As is true for any surfboard, the most important thing you can do for your Wavestorm is keep water out of the inner core. Once water has been soaked up into the center the board will become waterlogged, heavy, and unstable. This will eventually cause the board to deteriorate and fall apart. The easiest way to prevent water from seeping into the core is making sure the fin screws are very tight and create a watertight seal with the skin of the board. Before every session use a coin or key to tighten the screws down.
Repair Any Holes in the Skin
Occasionally, you may find a hole in the outer skin of your Wavestorm. When this happens, you will want to fix the hole as quickly as possible. Avoid surfing while the hole is unrepaired, as this could allow water to seep into the core of your board. Luckily, repairing small holes in your Wavestorm doesn’t require a trip to your local ding repair shop. All you need to fix the hole is some hot glue or marine caulking. Plug the hole with either substance and make sure it dries completely. A properly repaired hole should stay sealed throughout the life of the board.
Store Inside and Out of Direct Sunlight
Direct sunlight is bad for all surfboards and will cause delamination of the deck from the core of the board. This is true of Wavestorms also. When not using your board, it should be stored indoors in a garage, shed, or home, and kept out of the reach of direct sunlight which could cause the board to delaminate. Storing your board indoors versus outdoors could equate to years of extended board life.
Don’t Strap it Down Too Tight
If you strap the Wavestorm to the top of your car or back of your truck when traveling to the beach, make sure the straps aren’t done too tight. Straps that are tightened too much will dig into the edge of the board, and press holes into the skin. This is something that should be avoided at all costs. If you need the board to be well secured for driving on the freeway, place something soft like a towel or t-shirt in between the strap and the board. This will help spread the pressure from the strap across a wider surface area, limiting the damage the strap will cause to the board.
Don’t Drop it or Drag it on the Ground
Dropping your sporting equipment is never a good idea, and surfboards especially. Surfboards are built to withstand a beating by the water, but not by the hard and rough ground. Avoid dropping your Wavestorm on the ground or dragging the board on the ground as you carry it. Doing so would be a quick way to wear down the skin and allow water to leek into the center.
Putting these tips into practice will help ensure your brand new Wavestorm surfboard lasts as long as possible. Have any other ideas for maintenance? Drop us a message! #Gowavestorming
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If you ask most surfers what their dream wave would be, chances are they would describe an empty lineup, void of the typical weekend crowds that dominate most popular surf breaks. The reason is us surfers are generally a stingy bunch. When there are only a limited amount of waves per day at each break, and surfing rules dictate only one surfer is allowed to ride in each direction on a wave, it is only natural for people to seek out uncrowded lineups where they have a better chance of catching their fill. Less crowd equals less competition for the limited supply of waves.
Ask a surfer if they would ever want to surf with 300 other guys at a wave with a single peak, and they might think you are crazy. However, crazy might be the best word to describe a “Takeover”, an event where surfers flock in droves in order to catch waves being ridden at the same time by dozens of other surfers. At a takeover, surfing rules are tossed out the window and anarchy presides. This may sound like a nightmare to some, but if you’ve ever had the fortune to attend one you would have noticed at least one other thing along with the “oohs” and “aahs” of the crowds that gathered on the beach to watch. There are nothing but huge, beaming smiles on everyone’s faces.
One attendee at a recent takeover held at Tamarack Beach in Carlsbad, California dramatically declared after exiting the water, “That was probably the most fun I’ve ever had surfing.”
What causes this pervasive happiness at these events? Why does everyone talk in the lineup while waiting together for the next party wave? Surfers usually keep to themselves in the lineup, unless they are very familiar with other nearby surfers. Not the case at a takeover. Everyone is talking, laughing, smiling. There is a warm feeling in the air. You can’t quite describe it. It feels like a huge family reunion, where you are comfortable with people around you that you have never met before because you know you are of the same blood. It feels like getting your old group of friends together. You have all changed into different people, but there is still that instinctual familiarity that kicks in and takes over the thick crust you have built up over years of life. This feeling is a good one, one that some would even argue trumps making it out of a perfect barrel.
Is it the fact that the basic rules of surfing are nearly completely disregarded, and their place taken by the simple rule of Soft Tops only? Is it the fact that all the surfers attending share the common goal to just catch as many waves as possible and try to make it out without getting run over by someone on the next wave? One can only guess.
We may never know what causes this radiating happiness, but it doesn’t matter either.
What matters is that these events are happening, and they are breathing fresh air into the wheezing lungs of the surfers that are tired of the protocol of not looking other surfers in the eye in the lineup. They are revitalizing the excitement of surfing for the many who are sick of being told how they should be surfing, and what they should be riding. And they are bringing back the smiles that we all experienced as we finally stood up and rode on our very first waves.
If you ever have the opportunity to attend a takeover, even if you have to drive several hours or take off work, Go! Wax up your Wavestorm, put your smile on, and get ready for the time of your life.
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The world is home to about 372,000 miles of coastline and endless surf breaks along these coasts. With this much exposure to the ocean, you would think that surfers would not necessarily need to abide by rules—wrong! Due to accessibility issues and limited areas where rideable waves break in a desirable fashion, surfers end up congregating in packs; and where there are groups of surfers there must be some sort of informal rules to avoid chaos in the water.
To help remind some and inform others, we’ve put together a short list of a few of the most important surfing rules. This is by no means a comprehensive list of all unwritten surfing rules, but abiding by even just these few simple rules will help us all stay safe in the water and have the best time possible enjoying the sport we love. So, whether you are preparing to take out your 8-foot Wavestorm from Costco for the first time or you are currently surfing on the World Tour, we urge you to pay attention and follow the rules below.
Don’t Interfere on a Wave Being Ridden by Another Surfer
At most surf breaks where there is a group of surfers, it will be customary for only one or two surfers to catch each wave. When two surfers catch the same wave, they will most likely be riding the wave in opposite directions to avoid running into each other. It would be considered rude and disrespectful for another surfer to attempt to catch or interfere on a wave that someone else is already riding. In fact, this is the highest form of disrespect in surfing.
Do not attempt to paddle into a wave that another person is already riding. Not only is this highly frowned upon, but it can result in serious injuries to both you and the other surfer. This action of catching a wave that is already being ridden by another surfer is commonly referred to as taking-off or dropping-in on someone, burning, cutting-off, or snaking.
In pretty much every circumstance, the person who caught and is riding the wave first has the right of way. This means they can travel whichever direction they wish, and even allow others to join them in riding the wave if they so communicate. Eventually every surfer will encounter a situation in which they are paddling into a wave at the same time as another surfer. The person who arises to their feet first gains the right of way at that moment. If both surfers rise to their feet at the same time, the person closest to the portion of the wave that is crumbling or peeling has the right of way, and the other surfer should immediately steer off the wave as a sign of respect, being careful not to hit the other person with their board.
Most surfing accidents, both intentional and unintentional, are a result of surfers breaching this rule. Even if you believe someone deserves it, never break this rule to avoid unnecessary confrontations.
Avoid Paddling in the Path of a Wave Being Ridden
This rule is an extension of the rule we just discussed. As you paddle out from the shore you will notice that the easiest route is the one where you avoid running into the whitewash of a wave that has already broken. It is nearly impossible to travel over the top of the whitewash, so surfers will opt to duck-dive or turtle-roll beneath the whitewash and let it pass over them. Duck-diving uses up a significant amount of energy, especially when the waves are large and unruly. This will instinctually cause surfers to want to paddle toward the area of the wave that is smooth and unbroken, so they can easily float over the top and continue toward the outside, beyond where the waves are breaking.
Paddling toward that unbroken part of the wave is perfectly acceptable, unless someone is riding or paddling into the wave. Surfers attempting to paddle to the lineup should be aware if someone is riding the waves they are trying to get around. If someone is riding an incoming wave, and it appears the surfer paddling out may end up in their path, they should paddle toward the whitewash to avoid interfering or colliding with them. This can be inconvenient to the surfer paddling out, but it is a sign of respect and can potentially save them from serious injuries caused by being hit by another surfer. Learning to properly duck-dive or turtle-roll will make paddling out significantly easier, especially in these circumstances.
Always Keep Your Board with You
Often, beginner surfers will think it is easier to ditch their surfboard and swim underneath the whitewash instead of performing a proper duck-dive or turtle-roll. This may be true in extreme circumstances, like if you are caught inside at Teahupo’o or the Wedge, but in all other cases this should be avoided. Ditching your board in the path of an oncoming wave will put a tremendous amount of force on your leash and may cause it to break. Not only will this be dangerous to other surfers paddling out behind you or riding the wave you are avoiding, but you will lose the ultimate water flotation device that may save you from drowning.
Everyone loses their board accidentally on occasion, whether from a leash breaking after falling on a wave or having the board torn from their hands while duck-diving, but this should be avoided at all costs to prevent unnecessary injuries.
One of the most prevalent ideas behind the surfing world is the idea that surfers should have respect for the ocean and for other surfers. This is one-hundred percent true.
The ocean is powerful and humbles even the most experienced watermen daily. The human element of surfing can be a safe one if we follow the unwritten surfing rules, but the unpredictability and volatility of the water can lead to serious injuries and even death. It is not uncommon for a handful of surfers to die every year around the world due to drowning or impact with the bottom. We should always respect the ocean and know our limits with regards to wave and weather conditions. Don’t put yourself in danger by surfing waves far above your experience level, and don’t surf in conditions that are unruly and visibly dangerous.
Keep it Fun
Rule number one in surfing is to always have fun. Isn’t that why we are all out in the water? Sometimes surfers can get caught up in the artificial drama created by a seemingly limited resource (the waves) and an increasing number of surfers. As mentioned earlier there are hundreds of thousands of miles of coastline in the world. Most of this is not even utilized by surfers, and new waves are constantly being discovered. This is plenty for us all to share, and there will always be more waves in the future at our local breaks even if the swell doesn’t always last as long as we would like.
It is important to remember that we are all out in the water to have a good time and enjoy the power of the waves. There are no rules for how you should or shouldn’t surf on a wave. As long as you aren’t running into anyone, no one can tell you how to surf. Be yourself and ride whatever you want. The feeling of freedom while riding a wave is indescribable and can’t be recreated elsewhere. Have a fun attitude and be respectful to other surfers, and we will all enjoy the waves together.
In case you didn’t notice, there is an overarching theme behind this list of rules. Respect the water and your fellow surfers and have fun. The ocean is home to incredible forces that are almost completely unpredictable. This is what draws many of us back to the ocean time and time again in an attempt to conquer the waves and soak in the energy they deliver. Respecting the power of the ocean and looking out for our friends in the water will ensure we all have a good time and get the most out of our surf sessions. Let’s remember these rules so we all stay safe and most importantly, have fun!
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Top 7 Surf Accessories
Surfing is all about having as much fun as possible and enjoying our beautiful ocean surroundings. For many of us, the fun of surfing begins not when you are riding the waves, but as you gear up for your first or next trip to the beach. Being prepared for any mishaps or accidents will also help you stay in the water longer and get more waves.
Dialing in your personal surfing setup has long been a surfing tradition and may take some time to get right. In fact, your setup may never be “perfect” because your taste in products will likely change as you progress. To help some of you who may need ideas on how to improve your setup, I put together a list of some of my favorite surfing accessories that help me maximize fun both in and out of the water.
If you are just beginning to surf, you need to first invest in a surfboard. There is plenty of information available online on what surfboard is best for learning to surf. Personally, I have taught more people to surf on the 8-foot Wavestorm available at Costco than anything else. No other board compares to the price, safety, float, and stability that you get with a Wavestorm. I have four or five of them in my garage that I regularly use myself and teach beginners with. They just can’t be beat all factors considered.
What do I ride? While I have several different shapes and sizes of fiberglass and foam surfboards, ninety-percent of my surfing is on the 7-foot Storm Blade. It is an extremely fun and solid board in almost any conditions. I have taken mine out in heavy, pounding beach breaks, minute long point breaks, and small wind-swell surf and had a blast every time. When my friends ask me why I always surf a “foam board”, I tell them it is a barrel hunting machine, and then let my surfing do the talking.
One of the first upgrades I make to my Storm Blade and Wavestorm boards is a new leash. While the leash that comes with them works very well and is plenty of leash for most surfers, they tend to break in overhead surf. This is not a huge deal since they come free with the board, but it can be a hassle swimming in to grab your board when they do break.
My aftermarket leash of choice is the Dakine Kainui Team 7-foot leash. The Kainui Team leash takes serious force to break and is usable in all conditions. I go with the 7-foot leash because I ride the 7-foot Storm Blade. As a rule of thumb, you typically want to pick out a leash that is as long or slightly longer than your board. I always bring a backup leash just in case I break the first. A solid leash can go a long way, and only set you back minimally.
Fins are one of the first upgrades I make that actually affect the performance of the board. The fins that come with the 7-foot Storm Blade work well in large and small surf, but I did notice an improvement in responsiveness when I swapped them out with stiffer FCS fins. I did not use one of the many pricey FCS fin options but opted for a thruster (3 fin) set that cost around $30. The additional drive and responsiveness were well worth the cost.
One of my all-time favorite fin upgrades is the Perfect Storm Fin. The Perfect Storm Fin is a large, pink single-fin that easily installs onto any foam board with the more traditional “Wavestorm” style fin plugs. Riding a Wavestorm or other Foam board with a large single-fin changes the feel of the board completely. The ride becomes very smooth, and the board turns much better with less effort. For around $30, this is an excellent upgrade that is well worth the minimal investment.
It would be hard if not impossible to find a single board out in the water without wax on it. Surf Wax prevents your feet from slipping around on the wet board surface. Some boards, like my 7-foot Storm Blade, have a special deck that doesn’t necessarily need wax on it, but I wax the board up anyways for my own sanity. I don’t use much, but I like to cover the whole surface with at least a small layer.
People have opinions on what is considered the best surf wax, but I have used just about every one and come away with very similar results. Keep in mind that surf wax is water temperature specific, and each brand will have different types of wax for varying temperature ranges. Choosing wax made for the wrong temperature range can lead to the wax either being so hard that it is slippery in the water, or so soft that it slides around under your feet. Check the current water temperatures before you head out for the best results.
If you have public showers near your favorite surf spot, consider yourself lucky. For the rest of us, driving home covered in sand can be an uncomfortable experience, and make quite a mess of your car. By far one of my favorite surf related purchases, my portable surf shower comes in handy every trip I take to the beach. Whether I am surfing before work and need to rinse off before changing into dress clothes, or I am on an all-day weekend adventure to the beach with the family, my portable shower follows along.
Personally, I own a RinseKit portable shower system. It comes equipped with a quality adjustable nozzle, hot water adapter to fill it with hot water from your sink, hose bib adapter for filling from a spigot, and a 2-gallon water tank. The thing I love most about the RinseKit is that it self-pressurizes as it is filled from the water source. This means you get 2 gallons of pressurized water for spraying down anything dirty or sandy. This is a must have for before work surf sessions or beach days with kids, and a need for solo surf sessions.
Surfing Specific Tools
Another inexpensive but important surfing accessory that is often overlooked is a set of commonly used surf tools and hardware for board maintenance. Nothing can ruin a surf session quite like having technical issues with your board. Unfortunately, I have had to learn this lesson the hard way several times. Broken leash cords, loose fins that have come unset from the fin screws, and holes in your board are all too common issues that can easily be fixed or prevented with a little preparation beforehand. To avoid having to drive home or to a surf shop, I now carry a small kit with a couple of important maintenance items.
My homemade Tupperware surf kit contains a few bars of wax, a wax comb for stripping old wax off a board, a roll of duct tape for emergency hole covering, and several fin keys, which are essentially 3/32 Allen keys with a flat surface for easy use with your fingers. I keep several fin keys in the box in case one strips during use. Also within the box I have plenty of extra fin screws, a few cords for attaching a leash to the surfboard, an extra set of Wave Storm fins and plugs, and an extra set of FCS fins.
First Aid Kit
Another critical piece of gear that is often left out but should be a part of every surfer’s setup is a first aid kit. Surfing can be a dangerous sport and being prepared with first aid materials can greatly assist you and others who may happen to get injured. A basic first aid kit will suffice for most surfing related injuries. Cuts and gashes are some of the more common injuries that occur, whether they come from fins, board tips, rocks, or reef. Butterfly bandages, disinfectant, gauze pads, and wraps can all be useful in temporarily treating these wounds. Also common are sprained ankles and sore muscles. I recommend bringing an ankle brace and pain relievers like Advil or Ibuprofen on longer surf trips.
Recently on a trip to mainland Mexico, I sprained my ankle severely early in the morning as we began a surf session. Not wanting to sit out and watch perfect and empty beach break barrels all day, I was forced to surf on an unsupported sprained ankle for 6 hours. Not only did this hurt incredibly, it could have done more damage than the original sprain. Had I brought an ankle brace with me I could have supported my ankle better and enjoyed the session more as well as subsequent sessions. I highly recommend keeping a simple first aid kit with you whenever you surf, because you never know who you might need to help.
While this is not a comprehensive list of every accessory you need for a fun day of surfing, these accessories are some that I always keep with me. Not only do they increase my fun level while surfing, but they help me stay out in the water longer and enjoy the whole surfing experience.
Use this list as a rough guide to help get your personal surfing setup together. Everyone has different preferences with their gear, so personalize this list as you progress in the sport. Share what you learn with others, and always think ahead. You never know when you might save an otherwise lost surf session.