You, too, can become one with the ocean — gear up with our tips for your next surfing adventure!
Surfing is really unlike any other sport — everything moves around you, while you must learn how to maneuver with it. Literally going with the flow. Finding complete harmony with the ocean yields a very powerful, unique and humbling connectivity to the world around you.
On our latest Yelapa-based FP Escapes, powered by Yogascapes, we had a chance to ride some waves in the tiny surf town of Quimixto, picking up a few key tips along the way that will keep you safe, healthy and beautiful on your next surf adventure.
To keep your bikini top from falling off mid-wave, try a criss-cross back. They generally hang on with much more success than a triangle top.
If you have trouble with wetsuit rash, wear a rash guard underneath your suit, or use a water-based product like Bodyglide to protect you from getting a rash. Avoid using Vaseline or anything petroleum-based — it will rot your suit!
Put a plastic bag on your feet before your put on your wetsuit — they will slide in much easier.
Get a wetsuit or leash with a key holder. Don’t stash your keys under your wheel — so not worth the risk!
Catch some waves!
Spend some time watching the water before you paddle out. Observe the tides, where the waves break, who is catching the waves and where is he/she sitting.
Leave the water occasionally to reevaluate your position. Tides change and your offshore perspective can shift, so make sure to monitor your surroundings.
Wrap your towel in a hot water bottle before heading out. Upon your return to shore, you’ve got something toasty warm to snuggle up in.
Preserve your gear…
Bring a large jug of warm water to rinse your board and wetsuit. Salt water is corrosive and will decrease the life of your gear. An old laundry detergent bottle works great — pierce a few holes in the lid and use it as your own personal shower!
A thick hanger will help to dry your wetsuit quickly and will help to prevent wearing holes into the shoulders.
The sun is brutal on gear — never store anything outside. Build a rack in the garage or inside the house.
Before giving your board a new wax job, it’s important to remove any excess wax. Fill an old pair of tights with flour (should resemble a bean bag) and rub it along your deck to get rid of the old wax.
Pack your bags!
The most important thing to pack when going on a trip: a massive sarong. It’s such a versatile piece — you can use it as a shawl, head wrap, sarong or the perfect beach blanket.
Store your wax in a frisbee under your passenger seat. It’s the coolest place in the car and, if the wax does melt, it will be contained. Added bonus! Your whip will smell like surf wax!
To best protect your skin from harmful UVA & UVB radiation, use a natural sunscreen (cream, not spray), packed with minerals like zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. Apply 30 minutes before getting in the water and remember to reapply every 1-2 hours!
If you do catch a few more rays than planned, essential oil of lavender does wonders for topical burns!
Salt water removes many oils from your skin, so be sure to rinse off in fresh water and keep some coconut oil in the car to help rehydrate your skin.
Keep some deodorant in the car to refresh after your ride.
Stay hydrated! Drink an extra 16-20 oz right before you paddle out. Not only will it help to maintain your strength and endurance, it will also control your internal temperature, which will allow you to stay out longer.
A well-balanced, nutrient-rich diet is key to keeping your body performing at its best. A good morning pre-surf meal should be low in fat and high in fiber. Before your next ride, fuel up with one of these energy-boosting snacks:
- Acai berry banana bowl
- Whole wheat tortilla spread with almond butter and banana slices
- Pita bread with hummus, lettuce, cucumbers and olives
- Handlful of almonds, walnuts and dried fruit
The best way to score some beautiful beachy locks is…to take a quick dip in the ocean. But, if you want/need to recreate this look at home, we’ve put together a natural DIY salt spray recipe that will give your hair an effortless, salt-water-sculpted vibe.
What you’ll need:
- 1 tbsp organic coconut oil (melted) or argan oil
- 2 tsp sea salt (add more for a beachier look)
- 1 cup warm water
- 1 tbsp leave-in conditioner
- Dab of pomade
- Spray bottle
Note: Adding a few drops of essential oil (lavender or jasmine are great!) will add a refreshing smell to your spray.
Step 1: Pour hot water and sea salt into spray bottle and shake until salt is dissolved.
Step 2: Combine oil, leave-in conditioner & pomade in separate bowl and add mixture to the spray bottle.
Step 3: If desired, add a few drops of your choice of essential oil. Shake the bottle until all ingredients are combined (a minute or so should do the trick).
Now you’re styling! Apply spray liberally to towel-dried hair and scrunch away.
Tip: Try putting your hair in a loose bun or braid while you wait for it to dry. When it’s time to let your hair down, give it one last spritz and scrunch for extra wave.
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