This sounds like a dream day, just you or you and a couple of friends if you’re feeling social and of course, your surfboards. No work, no worries, nothing except you and the sea, however, we all are aware of the old adage, ‘fail to plan and you will plan to fail’. Unfortunately not even something as picturesque as a trip to the beach can be exempt from such tried and tested wisdom. Hence we decided to put our heads together and come up with some things that you definitely need to think about before heading out onto the road.
Firstly, and this one can come across as kind of obvious, but checking the weather forecast is key, and no we don’t mean a quick glance at your phone to see what the temperature is. What you actually want to find out is how is the day going to look approximately for the entire time you will be out on the water. How likely are you to experience rain? Will there be heavy winds? Will the skies be clear or overcast and is there any cause for concern?
Now that you have all of that down, you may want to start assembling all of the supplies you will need to take with you. If you are going to a remote area or as a “just in case” precaution be sure to pack a first-aid kit in your car for any little scratches or minor injuries that you may incur while in the water. Next, do not forget your sunscreen, after sun, lip balm and any other sun protection products that you may need in order to protect your skin while you are out hitting the surf.
Moving on, make sure you have all the gear you will need for the day, from a wetsuit straight through to your surfboard and wax for the board as well, however, you may be lucky enough to stay in a warmer climate with lovely warm water, where a rash vest and shorts could be your ideal outfit. Oh, and be sure to pack your surfboard’s leash as well. And for those who are entirely new to the world of surfing, No, this is not the same leash you use to walk Spot around the block with.
Then of course there are plenty of other things to think about before you head out on your mission, firstly, do not forget the coffee, especially if you have decided to rouse yourself at some unheard of hour early in the morning in order to get to the beach before the break of dawn. While you are getting your first cup of coffee in your system, be sure to fill a thermos with some extra coffee for when you step out of the water for your midmorning snack break, this brings us to our next port of call, snacks.
Food for the road is a time honored tradition, each family has their own way of doing it and there really is no right or wrong way of preparing for a road trip but you do have to have snacks. Whether you pack sandwiches and crisp packets, or more wholesome foods such as pasta or muffins, or if you recognize your inner consumer and head to your nearest takeaway joint to fuel up for the road, a road trip simply isn’t a trip if munching doesn’t take place in the car.
Be sure to pack yourself plenty of water in order to keep yourself hydrated after being out in the surf for so long, after all you don’t want to become the famous family Christmas story of how you got dehydrated at the beach, because we all know one of the not so funny uncles will chime in and say “well, why didn’t they just have some seawater?” This is why you need to stay on top of your hydration situation and keep drinking water.
Finally, be sure to have a safe place to store all of your valuables while surfing, such as car keys, wallet, cell phone or even just your towel, this will help give you peace of mind to relax, kick back and surf your worries away. We hope this helps you plan your next surf mission.
Now that you know what you need, where and when are you going?
The iconic image of surfers tend to involve something of an endless tan, hair that is blonder than ever from constantly being kissed by the sun and just a general air of excitement that comes from living life on the edge. What is most certainly left out of the picture is sunburns, peeling skin, a blood red nose and hair that is as dry as a rock because of continually being thrashed by the saltwater and whipped by the wind. However, there are ways to combat these after effects of surfing and to keep you looking in perfect shape, today we decided to explore them and help you look like you’ve spent hours worshipping the sun not being mauled by it.
It all begins with something that everybody should be doing anyway; regardless of whether you are spending the day riding away your problems out in the water or if you are sitting at your desk in an air-conditioned office, sunscreen is an essential part of our beauty regimen. However, if you are spending your time out on the ocean this becomes an even more critical part of your routine, regardless of how the weather outside may look the water is not only absolutely fantastic at reflecting the sun’s rays back onto your skin but can also easily wash off sunscreens that are not up to par.
Covering up with a wetsuit, or a t-shirt and leggings are absolutely essential to minimize exposure to the sun and then using waterproof sunscreens and multispectral sunscreens that cover all forms of the suns radiation will really help keep you covered while out on the waves. Other ways you can protect yourself include, surfing at non-peak hours for sunlight, hint hint the early hours of the morning just around sunrise and late into the evening heading towards or just after sunset, to help reduce the amount of sun exposure you receive.
Maybe a 5am wakeup call it is then, catch the surf with little worry of too many others out at sea and protect your skin while you’re at it. However, if you find yourself in an awkward situation where instead of looking like a tanned mythological god, you look more akin to a tomato; fear not there is hope for you yet. Tomatoes and green tea will be on your dinner menu. Tomatoes have been proven to be effective at reducing the harms of sunburn, so pull out the pizza, pasta, toasted sandwiches or even a salad for your next meal. Just make sure you have a generous helping of tomatoes.
Green tea is known to help alleviate the swelling, redness and tension of your sunburn, so make sure to wash down your generous supply of tomatoes at dinner with a cup of green tea to make certain your sunburn will be more of an annoyance than a full-blown pest. When wandering down the aisles of any beauty department, you will see a section within the hair care category that is allocated to beachy hair and sun-kissed blonde, this probably has to do with people like surfers who so often are blessed with natural highlights and hair in effortless tousled waves.
While there is a different side to this story, for starters, the salty seawater, combined with the wind and the sun relentlessly beating down on your head can leave your hair feeling dry and bedraggled, rather than shiny and soft. You might be wondering at this point how on earth surfers deal with these kinds of problems, there is a secret of course, but don’t worry we will reveal what it is.
I’m sure you’ve guessed it already, the well-kept secret that is loved by many a surfer to keep their locks long, soft, and shiny is none other than leave in conditioner and we aren’t talking about putting in a little every now and then. Oh no, if you plan on hitting the waves on a regular basis, you will be applying leave in conditioner on a routine basis. This wraps up a couple ways you can best protect yourself from the sun while out in the water, so next time you head out don’t forget to stash some sunscreen in your car.