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?