Surfing is more than just an activity these days, for some, it is a sport, for many, it is a way of life. People are hitting the waves all day long until their bodies can’t take anymore.
If you are a beginner who keeps falling or a pro that can ride the biggest waves, you are still bounded to surfing’s essential reminders for safety.
So, to refresh your memory, here are three important surfing reminders in terms of gear and rules.
Know what your gear is for
In surfing, you use several pieces of equipment and not just boardshorts and surfboard. There is other gear you need to put on to protect you from the risks. For example, a wetsuit is a full-body suit that protects you from cold water.
Then you have the surfer’s ears or earplugs to protect you from exostosis. This is a condition of the ear canal thickening because of the cold air and cold water. There are more items you need when surfing that will ensure you and your fellow surfers’ safety.
Wax it up
In surfing, most beginners are not even aware of surf wax. That is because not all people use it. Even at several surfing training programs around Canada, they don’t use wax at all. But, it is important to always have some surf wax with you whenever you go surfing.
The biggest problem with surfing is that you tend to slip off your board and dive into the water. The wax makes the board sticky so you don’t slip off easily and get that sweet spot balance you need to take on the wave.
Some prefer to call it a traction pad. But the common term for it is surf wax. So, the next time you stop by a surf shop, make sure to get some.
No Pain, No Glory
This one goes out to all beginners out there. After a day of surfing or maybe a couple of hours, you are sure to feel sore the next day. This is a common mistake for many and they come out unprepared.
Surfing will take its toll on your body, especially if it is your first time. So always keep medication with you and remember to do some stretches after your surf session.