Planning a Surf Trip

Surfing Trips aA surfing trip is a great way to let go of the stress of your job in the city. If you’ve never taken a surf trip before then there are some things you need to consider before throwing caution to the wind.

A lot of new surfers don’t plan their surf trips, leading to ordinary waves and a day of driving long distances. Doing a little bit of planning ahead, can save you lots of time and make sure that you arrive at the surfing destinations. Knowing your local area is key to finding the best waves. And some secret local knowledge can help you find those hidden away places that only the locals know about.

There are a number of things to prepare before a surfing trip, equipment, desired route, local amenities and of course lunch.

Planning your equipment is important part of a surfing trip, making sure your board is in good working order, that you have or waxes needed, that your wetsuit is the right one for the water temperature and all your skincare needs. Most of these islands are straightforward, but not having one of them will mean your surfing trip may be a disappointment. It is great to get these things in order the day before your trip, this way you are not rushing around on the day trying to get ready.

Surfing TripsDesired Route

Desired route a great way to maximize your surfing. Doing your research ahead of time and finding all the secret local hot spots, will ensure you save time and make the most of the daylight. Sometimes surfing can be a numbers game, you may try one surfing spot, only to find the waves washed out or flat. Doing your research ahead of time, means you can quickly travel to the next beach without wasting daylight. You may search many beaches before you find a spot where the waves are breaking great. When Surfing in South Australia it’s important to hit up all the local surfing websites and forums. This way you can hear locals talk about all the breaks and the time for year each peaks.

Surfing Trips dLocal Amenities

Local amenities are important part of your trip, having numbers and locations can help you out in an emergency or when you need something quickly. Having local doctors numbers, car repair numbers and restaurants can make your day flow smoothly. One of the many problems surfers face is where to put their keys when surfing. And in the excitement to get into the waves, keys getting locked in a car can be a common occurrence. Having the number of the best mobile locksmith Adelaide will have in your local area ahead of time, can make sure you are not dealing with an amateur company. Knowing where to get your car repaired when you head out of Adelaide and down the South Australia coast in the event of a breakdown, is a great way not to get ripped off. And knowing where your local doctors are, if you are surfing the Yorke Peninsula, Fleurieu Peninsula and the Eyre Peninsula can be a stress relief and a life saver, if you run into any problems over your trip.

Surfing Trips bResearching your trip ahead of time, will make sure that you have everything at your fingertips ready to go. There is only a certain amount of daylight hours and you don’t want to waste precious hours ringing up multiple local amenities trying to find the right one. If you are extra prepared, you could ring these people ahead of time to get a better understanding of their professionalism.

Once you prepare for your first surfing trip, it will become easier and easier every time you plan a new trip. You will start to learn everything you need, and design your own customised checklist.

Basic Checklist

Gear

  • Surf Board
  • Wax
  • Wetsuit
  • Leg Ropes
  • 3 x Towels
  • Cash (incase ATM breakdown)
  • Car Key Hider

 Sun Care

  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Long Sleeve Light Weight top
  • Aloe Vera Gel (for Sunburn)
  • Sun Glasses – Polarized

 Medication

  • Any prescription needed

 Gadgets

  • Camera + Extra Batteries
  • Phone Car Charger  + Water Proof Case
  • Torch
  • Waterproof Watch

 Car

  • Car Jumper Cables
  • First Aid Kit
  • 20 Liters Water
  • Packed Lunch

Surfing Trips c A very important item to have on your trip is also, a first aid kit. First aid kits can be very handy for a number of things and it’s so simple to buy one from your local chemist and throw it in your car.

The most important thing on any surfing trip is to have fun! And being prepared is a way to ensure that everything runs awesomely.

 

 

Different Surf Boards

BoardFor a beginner, surfing can present itself like a simple matter. You need a surf board and some waves to make it happen. Well, things are not that simple, because you need more than that. But yes, the board and the waves are two elementary things that must exist. Still, before you rush into the first surf shop you have around and buy a board you think it looks cool, stop and read the following lines. You will see that there are several types of boards for surfing, some of them helping you learn to surf faster, while others are for more experienced surfer.

  • Shortboard

Shortboards have dimensions ranging between 5’ to 7’, being shorter than any other types of boards and narrower as well. These boards have a tip that is turned upwards, to prevent the board to get under water. Shortboards are used for their speed and high maneuverability, being perfect for fast waves, having from 3 to 4 fins for quick turns. But, they are not recommended for beginners, because it is much more difficult to try and stand up on such board, so leave it until you get some experience.

  • Big wave board

This type of surfboards is destined only for large surf and for the most experienced surfers. Having lengths of 8’ or 9’, it is not the easiest to handle, and will require some serious waves as well. It has a pointy tail and tip, for maintaining balance and speed while riding a huge wave. Again, it may sound tempting, but you should have quite some experience for surfing with these boards, and proper conditions as well.

  • Longboard

One of the longest types of surf boards, with lengths ranging from 8’ to 10’6, the longboard is suitable both for experienced surfers and for beginners as well. For the best surfing experience, this board will have to be ridden from its back, meaning its section from the middle towards the back of the board. Because it is thick and long, you can practically catch any waves coming towards you, this is why this board if the best choice for beginners.

  • Fish surfboard

The Fish surfboard is shorter and wider than a traditional shortboard, getting its name from the shape that resembles a fish. Because it is wide, it is a board that makes paddling easy, providing a fun surfing on waves that break slower. It can be an option to consider for beginners, although the experienced surfers may not like it, because they cannot make tight turns with it.

  • Funboard

If we could name a surf board that is suitable for anyone and anywhere, it must be the fun board. It has a length ranging between 7’ to 8’2, so it is shorter than the longboard, making it faster at tight turns. It is also sufficiently wide to allow beginners to stand up with ease and catch any wave.

  • Stand-up paddleboard

With a length ranging from 10’ to 12’ and quite a considerable width, this board will allow the surfer to paddle while standing up, regardless of conditions. It is a great board for practicing or relaxing, as you can easily paddle in silence, enjoying the sun and the views that are usually seen only by the ones traveling with a boat, and having a great time. Because it is easy to stand up on it, the surfer will see the waves as they approach, being able to catch one fast. It can be another great option for a beginner.

Choosing the Perfect WetSuit

WetsuitsAs a Surfer, you will need to have a wet suit as a part of your must-have equipment as well as the surf board. It will allow you to go surf whenever you wish, even if the water’s temperature is not the warmest. But, before choosing the best wet suit for you, do have in mind that there are some things you should know before making the choice. There isn’t a universal suit, because it has to be adapted to your needs and to the conditions in the water. So, the following information should come to your assistance when picking the right suit in your case.

What are the main factors that should influence choosing a wet suit? First of all, the water’s temperature should be the primary factor. Surfing in colder waters can be dangerous, as it can get you sick or subject you to risks like hypothermia. There are several thicknesses of wet suits, each category being suitable for certain water temperatures, although you should also have in mind how sensitive you are. If you feel coldness rather fast, being sensitive to low temperatures, perhaps a thicker than usual wet suit that covers your body right, would be a better choice.

For instance, if the temperature in the water is 22° Celsius and above, you usually don’t need a wet suit, a bathing equipment being more suitable. For temperatures between 18° and 23°, you will need a wet suit with a thickness ranging between 2 and 2/1mm, the shorty type for example. For temperatures between 16°and 20°, the suit should have 2 to 3/2mm, which can be a springsuit or full suit. For temperatures between 14° and 17°, the suit should have 3/2 to 4/3mm, being composed out of a full suit and boots. For temperatures between 11° to 14°F, the thickness should be between 4/3 and 5/4/3 mm. If the temperatures range between 6° and 11°, the thickness should be between 5/4 and 5/4/3 mm. And if it drops below 5°, the thickness should be between 6/5 and 6/5/4 mm. For the last three temperature ranges, the suit should be full, accompanied by boots, gloves and hood.

The colder the water is, the more protection you will need. So if starting with 18° and above you don’t need a sealed suit, you will need a flatlock for 16° to 20°, a sealed suit for 14° to 17°, and a sealed and taped suit for temperatures below 14°. Also, the air temperature and wind speed should also contribute to choosing your wet suit, because a windy weather will make the temperature feel lower than it may actually be. And, you should have in mind the activity you will unroll while diving, if you are going to be more static or if you move around, and how much you will be underwater, because this will tell you how much you will be exposed to the cold water.

Do have in mind that the wet suit should be a perfect fit. If you want it to properly protect you, it should fit you like a glove, while still allowing you to move. A wet suit that fits will be hard to take on when dry, leaving no room in the torso, shoulders, knees and crutch areas. After the suit is on you, stretch your shoulders. You should feel only a slight pressure. If you feel the suit restraining you, putting a lot of pressure on your shoulders, it means that the size of the suit is small for you. Also, it should allow you to do squats and move your hands with ease.

Dangers of Surfing

Surfing WaveWhen you look at the calm blue waters, nothing occurs to you that something bad could happen while surfing. Well, don’t underestimate the ocean’s force, because dangers exist even when the obvious signs are missing. You have to be aware of what could go wrong when you head out for a surfing session, because these dangers can affect both experienced and beginner surfers. By being aware of them, you will know when you can venture out on the sea and when to stay back, also learning what to do if you get in danger as well.

SharkThe waters may be calm, but there are many creatures living in the sea that can be a potential threat. Sharks are probably the most notorious aquatic animals that are known for attacking surfers. Not even the fact that you are up on the board can save you, because if a shark is set to attack, it can easily bite your board. So, be aware of the areas known for shark populations. Also, if you see a fin coming out from the water, get out of there. Stingrays, jellyfishes, seals, even snakes, can all be a danger to surfers. Believe it or not, the sun can be dangerous as well, especially when the breeze is present and you have water splashing all over. You can easily get sunburn while surfing, because wet skin will attract the sun’s waves faster and the skin will get damaged, even if you do not feel hot. Thus, make sure to wear sunscreen, especially if it is a bright sunny day.  A thin wetsuit is a great way to protect yourself for the harsh sun.

CurrentOcean currents and rip tides are also extremely dangerous, because they are very powerful silent forces. If you don’t know how to read the signs of a rip tide and get caught by one, you risk drowning, even if you are an exceptional swimmer. The rip tides will drag you towards the sea, not allowing you to swim towards the shore, as it has an incredible power. There are some signs when a rip tide is in the area, but if you don’t notice it and get caught, it is best to swim along the shore than rather getting exhausted while trying to reach the shore. Also, be careful about the waves as well, because the wipeout waves are one of the major causes of injuries among surfers. The big waves have the power to even break your bones, if they get the chance to crash on you with full strength.

RocksAnother potential danger is the bottom of the sea. It may contain rocks that are very dangerous, but even if it has sand that won’t save you, turning to concrete if the large wave pushes you down with strength. Also, the coral reef is a real danger as well, because it has pointy sharp edges that can cause serious injuries. Besides piercing your skin and leaving deep cuts, the coral reef will leave tiny bits under your skin as well, which will get infected if the wound is not treated properly. So do your best not to fall off your board and be careful about waves that can knock you down.

Learning to Surf

Learning to surfAre you attracted by the idea of riding the waves? Then you must learn to surf. There is nothing more thrilling than this during the hot days of summer, allowing you to cool off and do something exciting at the beach. Still, you will need to learn the basic safety measures when surfing, together with the most elementary moves to do this, so having an expert around you, or trainer, is more than helpful. Once you get the hold of the moves, you will be able to practice on your own. Keep reading to find out what the best surfing board for a beginner is and how to best enjoy your surfing sessions.

The best board for a beginner is a long board, which is a board with sufficient width and length that will allow you to stand up with ease. The board should be chosen according to your size. So the taller you are, the bigger should the board be. It is recommended not to start with a short board, because it will take you much longer, plus plenty of work, to start surfing properly. If you wish to learn riding the waves fast, the long board is the best choice. You can opt between a fiberglass surfboard and foam surfboard, both of these soft boards being great for beginners, because they are affordable and resistant. Also, you may want to check out surf suits as well. They come in different thicknesses, depending on the water temperature in your area. You can either ask about what suit is right at your local surfing store, or you can ask the experienced surfers what they wear when surfing.

Safety is important when surfing, so you’d better learn to recognize a rip tide to avoid it. Rip tides can be very dangerous, so you shouldn’t surf in these conditions. During a rip tide, the waves are appearing like not breaking the rip, returning back to the sea. Also, if you see something floating on the water, during a rip tide that object will be rapidly pulled out to see without an effort. Do check the color of the water as well, because murky waters or greener waters are signs of a rip tide. And do some research about what you can do if you get caught by a rip tide you didn’t notice. These things could really save your life.

Besides the board and suit, you should also get a leash, as it will be connected to your ankle, allowing you to find the board and cling on it when you are knocked down. Before heading out on the sea, practice the basic moves on the ground first. Practice paddling and getting up on your feet, on the board, to make sure to got the moves right. Also, before starting your surfing session, make sure to pick the right spot. You may want to start with gentle waves, which will allow you to master your skills on getting onto the board. If you don’t know where to start, you may ask some experienced surfers where the best spots for beginners are, or search the Internet.