What to Wear for Safety, Comfort and Style When Surfing
March 03, 2016
Everybody knows what ‘surf fashion’ looks like, but when you’re actually taking part in the sport, what’s safe to wear? Surfing is a fun sport, but it can also be quite dangerous if you’re not wearing the proper attire or the required safety equipment. There is a huge range of options to choose from when it comes to surf clothing. However, ultimately your decisions should be based on your own comfort on the board. Here are some surf clothing essentials that every surfer should have before going out to ride the waves.
Rash Guard Although they may not be as fashionable as the surf print tees that you might wear on the beach or for other casual events, a rash guard is an essential piece of kit for many surfers. Whilst you’re out catching some waves on your gas powered surfboard, the last thing that you need is to come back sunburned or with a heat rash. Along with offering protection from the sun, these shirts will also help you avoid getting a rash from the wax on your board. Alternatively, you could wear a basic t-shirt even though these don’t offer as much protection.
Wetsuit If you’re planning to surf during the spring or fall when the water is cooler, then you really don’t want to go surfing in just a pair of beach shorts, as you’ll likely come out shivering. Wetsuits, also known by surfers as spring suits since they are most often worn at this time of the year, are an essential piece of kit for any year-round surfer. They come in a range of styles and designs, offering full or partial coverage for your body whilst surfing.
Booties or Reef Socks It can be tempting to go surfing barefoot, and in many areas around the world this is perfectly safe. However, it’s a good idea to offer your feet some extra protection at times. Booties or reef socks can be worn to keep your feet and toes warm during cooler temperatures. They also serve to protect your feet from hazards such as sharp rocks, sea urchins or reefs.
Helmet Although helmets have never been a popular fashion accessory amongst surfers, it’s certainly important to consider wearing one as it could save your life. This is especially important if you are using a motorized surf board, as you’ll be traveling at high speed. Helmets offer extra protection to your head to prevent serious injury. Along with that, a helmet can also give your face and eyes some protection from the harmful UV rays of the sun whilst you surf.
Gloves Lastly, you might not think about wearing gloves for a sport that’s largely done in the summer, but when the water is a little cooler, you will be thankful for them. Trying to surf with cold, numb hands is no easy task, so a good pair of surfing gloves will help to keep them warm.
What do you wear for surfing? Let us know in the comments.