So you're planning for your next vacation, and thought of trying out a surf camp. But you've got no idea what to expect and how to prepare for the trip. Here are some tips that can hopefully help prep you for first surf trip.
What to Bring?
We can't stress how important it is to apply sunscreen before surf. On a normal surf session, typically you'd spend 2 - 3 hours in the sun, that's a long time for continuous sun exposure. Yes, getting a tan might be one of your holiday goals, but that shouldn't be more important than preventing painful sun burns and skin cancer. Bring along a good, water resistant, reef friendly sunscreen. If you forgot or running out on yours, we'll hook you up with the good stuff, made in Bali - Native Sun Sunscreen.
An opaque, thick paste that surfers often have on their faces. Providing much more UV protection than normal sunscreen lotion, zinc basically works as a physical shield over your face. It is a lot thicker than normal sunscreen and has the texture of a muddy paste, therefore making it even more resistant to rub off so it will longer better on your face, a.k.a better protection! We've got this delicious smelling, Bali made zinc by Indo Coco if you'd like to get some.
As a beginner, you'll most likely start with surfing on a soft top, where the top layer would often rub agains your skin, causing irritation and painful rash. Moreover, your upper body is exposed to the sun all the time and that could lead to sun burn on the shoulders and back. Rash guards can prevent these two things from happening. If you plan to get your own, big brands like RipCurl, Roxy etc. have great surf wear, but if you're on a budget, check out your local Decathlon for not too shabby quality rash guards at great prices. Otherwise, you can pack less by using o
Yes, even for guys! Leggings protect you from getting painful rash at your legs, and of course, sun burn on the back of your legs as beginners tend to lay on their boards more often. Even if you think they make you look less cool at first, we got them ready for you when you need them.
Max out your surf trip
In the beginning, 90% of the time you'd spend paddling and trying to catch a wave, which require a strong upper body strength to do so. When you finally do catch a wave, you'd wanna pop up in one swift movement, where your shoulders, core and legs would come into action. Finally when you're standing up, your core and legs are the muscles that would hold you in place and keep balance. Any workout you can squeeze in a week would be beneficial than doing no exercise at all. Googling 'surf workout' would take you to unlimited, specific exercises to keep you in shape. So get moving!
Whenever and wherever you can. Swimming is a great form of exercise that help train and tone your shoulders, back and arm muscles. Not only training this muscle group would be beneficial for surfing, but you'd get to improve your stamina and endurance at the same time. Bonus point, familiarising yourself in the water will help boost your confidence in the surf.
Get on a board
Try skateboard, longboard or carve board whenever you get the chance. Here's a great article talking about why skating great for surfing, so we won't go too much into it. There is also the Indo board, popularly used among surfers to improve their balance and train their muscles as they would when they're surfing. And more importantly, it's really fun once you get the hang of it!
Watch Surf Videos
The great internet provides us with endless amount of content at our fingertips. For your next movie night, check out Endless Summer for an entertaining watch, or View From a Blue Moon to be mind blown by stunning footages. Alternatively, tune in to surf comps on wsl.com to see how the pros do it. Watching as many surf footages as you can helps to familiarise with the movement of surfing and you'll definitely be inspired! But keep in mind that surfing is not as idyllic as it seems in the movies. There will be a lot of paddling, falling off your board, wipeouts and swallowing salty water. And that, my friends, is what makes it worth it when you score a good wave.