When you're at the beach watching all the seasoned surfers ripping waves like it's no big deal, it's hard not to want to join in on the fun! There's something so cool about the surfer lifestyle that rubs off on those around it, and when you're in it, it's nothing but good vibes. You may think that surfing only requires a board, but there's much more to it than that. Sure, the board is the most essential item to becoming a surfer, but with just a few more essentials you'll be on your way to surfing like a pro! Whether you've been thinking about paddling out on the waves or are shopping around for your kids, we've rounded up seven must-have surfing gear essentials to get you on the right track. Cowabunga, dude!
There's nothing quite like the feeling of catching your first wave, and if you're a beginner, a longboard such as this one is the perfect board. BIC Sport ACS Mini Malibu Surfboard, $330, available at Amazon. Read: How To Buy A Surfboard
Depending on your location, you will want to invest in a wetsuit to keep you warm when you're out surfing in cold water. O'Neill Hammer 3/2 Full Wetsuit, $140, available at Amazon.
Rash guards, or rash vests, protect you from chafing when worn under wetsuits, as well as provide additional warmth, but can also be worn alone to protect from board rashes when a wetsuit is not necessary. Dakine Chop Shop Rash Guard Shirt, $18, available at Derailed.
One of the most essential items for a good surf session is surf wax. Application of this sticky substance increases grip on your board to prevent you from slipping off. Plus, it smells great, too! Sticky Bumps Surf Wax, $5, available at SurfboardsEtc.com.
Next to your surfboard, a surfboard leash is the most important piece of equipment you need. Not only do you need it for safety (watchout for projectile surfboards!), without it, you'll be spending more time swimming in the water trying to fetch your board than actually surfing on it! Creatures of Leisure Lite Lightweight Wave Surfboard Leash, $22, available at Amazon.
Unless you're lucky enough to live walking distance from the beach, you're going to need a roof rack for your car to transport your board. Wave Tribe Hemp Surfboard Roof Rack, $40, available at Envirosurfer.
For when you're not out ripping waves, you'll want to keep your board protected inside a surfboard bag. This accessory will also be necessary if you plan to travel anywhere with your board. DAKINE Daylight Deluxe Noserider Surfboard Bag, $135, available at Dogfunk.com.