It’s not exaggerating to say that surfing is one of the greatest way to release stress and feel alive again, thanks for the adrenaline pumps surf gives us. By now, you have probably thinking about planning your next surf holidays. Which part of the earth you want to visit next. Which remote destination offers the best waves for your current skills and levels. You can almost smell the salty winds just by planning it. And when the time for packing your surfing essentials finally come, you gonna need a through guide to help you pack the right things. Especially if you plan to go to remote destinations where surfing gears are not easy to find.
The Surfboards to Bring On Surf Holidays
Just a decade ago, bringing your own board to the surf holidays is a no-brainer. But as the price of extra baggage for sport gears rise up ridiculously high, many surfers opt for surfboard rental once they arrive on the destination. But if you are heading to lesser known surfing destinations, you might want to consider bringing your own boards. And you might also want to bring more than one kind of surfboard—because different type of boards works well in different waves and tides condition. As for most people, two surfboards are enough. Just bring two of the most versatile and match best to your destination.
Two Sets of Surfboard Fins
Yep. This is what you need to deal with if you want to bring surfboards to your surf holidays. Two sets of surfboard fins are non-negotiable. Just like surfboards, there are several kinds of fins types and setups. Know which is right for you. Bringing a spare set of fins will be very helpful in case some shit happen—and it’s almost inevitably will. This is especially important if you’re headed to secluded surf destination. You don’t want to miss the surf opportunity just because you can’t get a replacement there.
Also, don’t forget the fin keys. They tend to get lost easily so bring a few backup just in case.
Two to Three Leashes, Especially for Surf Holidays in Rough Destination
Just like some other items on this list, you’ll want to have spares of leashes on hand. Leashes break easily—especially in rough and challenging surf holidays destination like the Mentawai. Bring varied leashes for different surfing condition. The thinner 5mm leash will be ideal for leisure surfing and thicker one for the bigger waves.
Which Surfboard Bags to Buy
You will depend a lot to your surf bag, so do choose very wisely. It’s the only luggage handler as well as board protector for the long journey. Don’t go light. Go for full safety. Choose surf board with ample padding to protect your precious board from break and trauma. Pick a roomy one, so you can cram your towel, wetsuit, and rash guards for extra padding inside. The right bag should fit and snug nicely without being too tight.
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Soft Racks to Tie Your Surfboards
Soft racks is one helpful addition to a surf holiday that most often forget. Especially if you’re going to travel independently and moving a lot between surf spots in your destination. Soft racks enables you to safely tie your surfboard to almost any car and taxi. The surf sides of the racks protect your board from scratch and trauma—which possibly happen if you use regular ropes. Soft racks help you saving a lot of money that you need to use to rent special van that fits your board. Just make sure that the car rental agree with this!
Wax and Ding Repair Kit
The wax you need to bring will largely depend on your surf holidays destination. You gonna need harder wax for tropical destination and softer one in colder climate. Don’t ever forget your first aid ding repair kit. You don’t want to get stranded in secluded island with dinged board and nothing to repair it.
Ear Plugs for Surf Holidays in Colder Destination
Have you ever think to bring ear plugs to your surfing holiday? Probably not. From now on, have a pair of ear plugs ready especially if you are heading for winter surf or colder destination. Ear plugs protect your from Surfer’s Ear. This involve nasty water-borne pollution and hearing loss from frequent touch with cold water.