Is your surfing season just about to begin again? Or you didn’t have a break since you surf all through the year . . .
Either way, here are a few tips to help you choose the right equipment for surfing in summer!
YOUR SUMMER SURFING OUTFIT
If you’re lucky enough to arrive at your surf spot in your surf outfit, so much the better.
For others, the surf poncho is recommended both for getting changed quickly (hands free), but also so you can use your beach towel after your surf session!
As regards the right clothes, you have several choices: neoprene clothes or boardshorts?
You choose whatever suits you best! Some prefer surfing with just boardshorts while others prefer a shorty. It’s mainly the weather conditions which will influence your choice on a day to day basis, before each session.
Avoid surfing in just boardshorts, however, if the weather is bad. And even if it is hot, because the weather changes so quickly at sea!
Finally, depending on where you are surfing, a pair of 1.5-mm neoprene socks will be best for rocky spots.
A SURFING OUTFIT THAT GIVES GOOD THERMAL INSULATION
Neoprene is the best compromise between thermal insulation and freedom of movement for the surfer. However, you must learn to use it well according to the climatic conditions and your preferences.
In general 3/2 mm wetsuits, known as “summer” suits, are preferred for the summer season. Depending on the weather, you can also use a short-sleeved/short-legged suit, a long-sleeved/short-legged suit or a shorty. These neoprene suits offer great freedom of movement thanks to the 2-mm or 3/2-mm thickness.
You can also strike an interesting compromise by using a neoprene top for thermal insulation (long or short sleeves, depending on the weather) and boardshorts which offer lightness and freedom of movement.
Tip: Surfing in summer causes a lot more skin irritation than in winter because the skin is directly in contact with the board. This prolonged rubbing can spoil your sessions. It’s a good idea to use a greasy substance that you can apply directly on the irritated area. This will reduce rubbing. If this does not work for you, use the appropriate specialised clothing: boardshorts, water T-shirt, etc.
A SURFING OUTFIT TO PROTECT YOU FROM THE SUN
Don’t forget to protect yourself from the sun’s rays throughout the year, and even more so in summer, on the water! The reflection of the sun’s rays on the water greatly increases your exposure to UVA and UVB, which cause skin cancer.
To protect yourself effectively, use the following kit:
– A top to cover your chest, your shoulders and your back. This may be a spandex top, a water T-shirt or, at least, waterproof UPF 30 to 50 sun cream.
– Headwear, either a cap or a sunhat, specially designed for surfing. This accessory can prove very useful indeed in the hot sun to prevent sunburn on the neck and sunstroke.
– Waterproof sun cream on the face and parts of the body that are not covered. There are creams specially designed for surfers; they leave a fine visible layer on the skin. This is very practical as you can see where you have applied it and, above all, to see where there is still some left on your skin!
– Sunglasses specially designed for use in the waves. The glasses will enable you to surf without damaging your eyes. What’s more, you’ll be able to see the incoming waves better!