Getting ready for your first surfing trip but don’t know what to bring? Well, worry no more because I’m going to share my travel essentials with you guys. Also, the following list is not written according to importance.
my God! Every time I go on a surf trip, this is my #1 priority, to make sure I pack all my bikinis. So far I have 5 bikini tops and 3 bikini bottoms – all still serving me well. tip: If you’re going to surf in a bikini, make sure you pick a good one that can take an epic tumble without coming off, or you’ll be the eyes of everyone in line. Burst of laughter
2. Rash guard/heat
I only wear them if the sun is too hot or the weather is too cold. “Rush” is also a good protection during jellyfish season.
This is a must! Be sure to use your sunscreen to protect your skin from UV rays, reapplying at least every two hours. Healthy skin is a healthy life.
4. Board shorts
My favorite shorts! Because it is very comfortable to wear and dries easily.
Your eyes are one of the vital parts of your body without which you would not have a chance to see the world. It can give you the best experience you’ll ever have, so keep it healthy instead. If you are out in the water and the sun is burning, always wear eye protection. Protect it at all costs.
If you don’t want your face to be completely dark, you can use the hat in or out of the water. If you are afraid of losing your favorite hat, you can get a special hat designed for surfing.
7. Water container
When I started surfing, I fell in love with Mother Nature. Wherever I go, I always bring a 1 liter reusable water bottle filled with water, so I don’t have to buy small plastic bottles when I’m thirsty. Small action? Yes, will it make a difference? Maybe, I just have to try. All of us just have to try and shoulder the responsibility that the future of the youth is in our hands. They will reap what we sow today. Do I talk too much? ok sorry moving
8. Beach blanket
One of the best feelings in the world for beach lovers is lying on the beach, kissed by the warmth of the sun and enjoying the soothing sea breeze. If there is no restroom nearby, beach blankets can be used to change clothes.
9. Positive thinking
As a first timer, I know most of you are really scared of drowning. Trust me! I know how it felt, I was there too! I can swim, yes, although not in a professional style, but no matter how good I am, I know that it is crazy to outrun the ocean, because it is impossible. Scary? Yes, but if you want to learn something new, you have to discover the art of letting go of your fears and doubts and take risks. I’ve been surfing for almost 3 years and to be honest I still haven’t mastered it, I still get cold feet every time I paddle. What can I do to survive it? I trusted my coaches because they know best. Your desire to surf should be greater than your fear.
After your first try you realize you are already hooked. Just like Kelly Slater said, “It’s like a mafia. When you enter – you enter. There is no way out.” If you want to make surfing an official hobby, you have to commit to it or everything you’ve invested will be wasted.
10. Wax surfing
If you are ready to ride a hard top board, yes a fiberglass board, you need surf wax. Surfers use surf wax to prevent slipping on the board. There are many different types of board wax, but if you are surfing in the Philippines, choose tropical wax. Was it confusing? Don’t worry you will use it over time.
If you don’t want to invest in a board yet, you can start investing by purchasing your band. It is brand new and the Velcro is still attached. In my experience, I felt safer using my own harness than renting one.
Getting a board is a big step. You will spend a lot of money and at the same time it will help you to spend more in the future. When I got stuck, I calculated the hours I would spend on board rental in a year and realized that having my own board would save me more, so after a year I decided to make my board into a board. Local shaper here in the Philippines.
As a beginner surfer, you need to know where you want to start surfing. You need to know what to call your home retreat and where you will develop your skills. Make friends with the locals to avoid conflict.
To be honest, being friends with them taught me a lot, their way, their love for the ocean and their commitment. Once you are ready, you can start exploring other places because you can’t stay in your comfort zone forever. Being in a foreign location will help you further develop your skills and also help you to be flexible.
Phil Edwards: “The best surfer out there is the one having the most fun.”
About the author:
Hello! I’m Angel, 100% Filipino. Born and raised in the Philippines. Wanderlust, an adventure seeker, a shutterbug, an animal and nature lover, a novice surfer, and the loud and proud Negra (tan girl). Blog page: Lakwatserang Negra
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