Are you going surfing for the first time but don’t know what to bring? Don’t worry because I’m going to share my surfing basics with you. By the way, the list below is not written in order of importance.
My God! Every time I go on a surf trip, it’s 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 wanted to go surfing in a bikini, choose a good bikini that can withstand an epic wipeout without getting out of place or you’ll feed the eyes of everyone in the lineup. Lol
2. Rash Guard/thermal
I only wear them when there is too much sun or when the weather is too cold. “Rashies” are also good protection during jellyfish season.
THIS IS A MUST! Make sure you use sunscreen to protect your skin from UV rays, reapply at least every two hours. Healthy skin is a healthy life.
4. Table shorts
My favorite shorts! Because it is so comfortable to wear and easy to dry.
Your eyes are one of the most important parts of your body, without them you won’t have a chance to see the world. It could give you the best experience you’ll ever have and keep him healthy in return. Always wear eye protection if you are out in the water and the sun is burning. Protect it at all costs.
If you don’t want your face to go completely dark, you can wear the cap in or out of the water. If you are afraid of losing your favorite hat, you can buy a special hat designed for surfing.
7. Water container
When I started surfing, I fell in love with Mother Nature. I always carry a 1 liter reusable water container filled with water everywhere I go, so I don’t have to buy small plastic bottles anymore when I’m thirsty. A small act? Yes, will it change? It can, I just have to try. We must all strive and bear the burden of responsibility that the future of the youth is in our hands. They will reap what we sow today. Am I talking too much? Okay, sorry. To scroll.
8. Beach blanket
One of the best feelings in the world for beach lovers is lying on the shore, kissed by the sun’s warmth and enjoying the relaxing sea breeze. Beach blankets can also be used to change clothes if there are no toilets nearby.
As a newbie, I know most of you are really afraid of drowning. Believe me! I know what it was like, I was there too! I can swim, yes, although not a pro, but no matter how good I am, I know that outsmarting the ocean is extremely insane, because it is simply impossible. scary? Yes, but if you want to learn something new, you have to discover the art of putting aside your fears and doubts 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 should I do to survive? I trusted my instructors because they know better. Your willingness to surf should be greater than your fears.
After your first attempt, you realized that you are already connected. Like Kelly slater said, “It’s like the mafia.” Once you’re in – you’re in. There’s no getting out.” If you’ve wanted to officially make surfing a hobby, you have to commit to it, or everything you’ve invested will be a waste.
10. Surf wax
If you are ready to ride a hard board, yes a fiberglass board, you will need surf wax. Surf wax is used by surfers to avoid slipping on the board. There are so many types of board wax, but if you’re going to surf in the Philippines, choose tropical wax. Was it confusing? Don’t worry, you will understand in time.
If you don’t want to invest in a board yet, you can start investing by buying your own guide. It is brand new and the Velcro is still sticking. In my experience, I felt safer using my own leash than borrowing one.
Getting a board is a big step. You will spend a huge amount of money and yet it would help you spend more in the future. When I got hooked, I calculated the hours I would spend renting a board in one year and realized that having my own board would save me more, so after a year I decided to have my board shaped by a 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 a home break and where you will develop your skills. Make friends with the locals to avoid conflicts.
Honestly, being friends with them has taught me so much, their ways, their love of the ocean and their determination. Once you are ready, you can start exploring other places because you can’t stay in your comfort zone forever. Being in a foreign place will help you develop your skills more and also help you be flexible.
“The best surfer is the one who has the most fun” – Phil Edwards
About the writer:
Hi! I’m Angel, 100% Filipino. He was born and raised in the Philippines. Wanderlust, adventure seeker, bugger, animal and nature lover, budding surfer and loud and proud Negra (girl with tanned skin). Blog page: Lakwatserang Negra
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