A 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.
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.
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.
Researching 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.
- Surf Board
- Leg Ropes
- 3 x Towels
- Cash (incase ATM breakdown)
- Car Key Hider
- Long Sleeve Light Weight top
- Aloe Vera Gel (for Sunburn)
- Sun Glasses – Polarized
- Any prescription needed
- Camera + Extra Batteries
- Phone Car Charger + Water Proof Case
- Waterproof Watch
- Car Jumper Cables
- First Aid Kit
- 20 Liters Water
- Packed Lunch
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.