What Surfing Equipment Do You Need?
Wetsuits - Unless you are lucky enough to live in Hawaii year round, at some point you are going to need a wetsuit. Depending on the temperature, there are several styles and sizes to choose from. We always recommend purchasing a thicker wetsuit than you need, because its always better to be too warm as opposed to freezing out there on the waves.
The Leash - Perhaps the most essential accessory for any surfer is the leash. This piece of equipment keeps your board close by whenever you fall or “wipeout”. Without a leash for your surfboard, you will be spending the majority of your time in the water swimming as opposed to surfing.
Fins - The fins or "skegs" are what keep your surfboard from sliding out while you are on a wave. There are several sizes, shapes and layouts that fins may be placed in depending on your surfboard design. The most common type of fin structure is the thruster, or tri-fin set up most commonly found on shortboards.
Surf Wax - Did we say that the leash was the most important accessory? Maybe it’s the most expensive accessory over $1.00 because without wax you have a very slim chance of staying on top of your board. Surf wax is designed to give your feet something to grip onto while you're surfing, and comes in different varieties based on water temperature.
Traction Pad - This accessory, which is placed on the tail end of a surfboard, serves several purposes. First, the traction pad allows the surfer to maintain solid footing on the back of their board for increased stability and enhanced performance. Next, the rise in the back of the traction pad serves as a stopper to keep you foot from sliding off the back of the board. And finally, it saves you time, so you don't have to wax your entire board!
Surf Racks - There are several types of racks for you to choose from depending on how you would like to store or transport your board. There are racks for the wall and ceiling as well as several types for your vehicle. When choosing a rack system, make sure that you take into consideration any surfboards you may have in the future.
Surfboard Bags - One of the best accessories you can have to help protect your investment is a board bag. Whether you are traveling from your house to the beach or an on a plane for a surf trip, having the right board bag can help keep you board ding free when you’re ready to go surfing.