The Surfing Equipment Checklist

There’s no denying that surfing is the simplest sport in the watersport family. You only need a surfboard and willingness to glide over the ocean waves, and that’s it. Nothing beats the thrill of standing on a whooshing surfboard for the first time.

Renting surf equipment might be a good idea for a complete beginner. But the costs can get pretty high over time. So good idea to own surfing equipment if you are in it longterm.

Surfboard

The most important piece of equipment for any surfer is obviously the board. But with so many options out there, a novice can easily be confused by the many types and sizes of surfboards, not to mention the tempting add-ons. To avoid mistakes, do a lot of homework online and ask the local surf shop for a recommendation.

While you are at it, get the board fitted with fins. These little mods will improve performance, stability, and drive of the board significantly. You can have two, three, or five fins installed, but beginners should go for the 2+1 setup for increased stability.

Leash

The leash is probably the only safety equipment a surfer will bring to the water. And its primary role is to keep the board attached to the calf or ankle at all times. If you wash away, the board will be right next to you. That makes it a floatation device for those times when you’re too tired or lost at sea.

Surf Wax/ Traction Pad

There’s no denying the ocean can be unforgiving. That’s why you need a firm grip on the board at all times. Waxing a surfboard basically means applying a base coat on the top side. Then you’ll need to use top wax every time you take it out for a spin. Alternatively, install a traction pad and enjoy a maintenance-free grip on your surfboard for years.