Whilst we love our winter sessions there is nothing quite like getting away to warm water, and sunny shores to recharge the surf stoke batteries. Here at Zuma Jay we not only love getting ready for our own surf trips, but helping customers plan theirs.
We are always being asked what to take on a surf trip, so with this in mind we asked our very own Nigel to give us a run down from his amazing recent trip to Morocco.
In Nigel’s blog we are going to take a look at some of our surf travel essentials, so you too can make the most out of your trip.
A fairly obvious one, but having the right boards for the breaks you are heading to is essential. If you can, Its always a good idea to take a couple of boards. Either as a spare or a step up in case the swells vary. Unsure what to take? As always ask one of the Zuma Jay crew, and we will help give you an idea of what boards will be perfect for your trip.
Are essential for any surf trip to keep your boards safe whilst in transit. The thicker the better. 10mm bags are the most common and the minimum thickness we would recommend to keep your stick safe. We have a wide range of board bags in all sizes. We can also make custom bags for any board specifications.
Its well worth taking a spare set of fins with you on a surf trip. You don't want to be stuck with broken fins, and miss out on that perfect surf. Its also useful to have different styles of fins with you, for every surf eventuality. You can achieve the effect of taking a full quiver of boards, by having a dynamic range of fins on hand.
Like fins, having a spare leash is always a good idea. Especially in remote areas, where you can't just pop to the local surf shop and grab one. Like all surf equipment quality speaks volumes, and a quality leash will keep you safe in the water.
If you ding your board whilst travelling having the right repair is vital to get you back in the water as soon as possible. There's lots of variations which all do different jobs, so getting advice from people in the know is always a good idea. Board repair isn't something you want to mess around with, the wrong one could cause more damage then the original ding!
Make sure you take enough wax with you to last the length of your trip, it's near enough impossible to find in remote locations. The most important thing is to take the right wax for the water temperature of your surf destination. It makes all the difference.
Don't neglect this necessity. You won't feel the effects of the sun whilst out in the water, but trust us you'll be feeling it later! Most commercial suncreams are great for on the beach use, but when it comes to surfing, waterproof suncreams are essential.
Making sure you catch all the action of your trip. You can make all your friends jealous back home, with a Go Pro camera. What other reason do you need!
Keeping water out of your ears is important especially in warmer climates where bacteria is more active in the water. That mixed with warm air makes your ears a great breeding ground for infection. Equally as important in colder locations, where cold winds and cold water stimulate growth in the ear as a protective reflex. Don't be a fool, and cut your trip short, grab some ear plugs.
It's always a good idea to have a surf guide book with you. Check out the spots before you arrive. This will save a lot of wasted surf time when you get there, and help you score like the locals. We have a great selection of guide books to help you choose the best breaks for your trip, check them out online or pop in the shop.
We hope this surf travel essentials list, helps you to make the most of your trip. If you would like more information or advice, please give us a call, and we will be more than happy to talk you though what you need.
The Zuma Jay Crew