Surfboard Guide - Surf Essentials

Essential Surfboard Accessories

For you brand new surfers just getting your first board, there are a number of accessories you will need for you and your board.


When you paddle out, you will notice that, without a leash, losing your board means you’re in for a long swim. That’s assuming that your surfboard hasn’t been stopped by someone else’s head. A surfboard without a leash can be dangerous.

Benefits of a surfboard leash:

What size of leash is best for me? There are 2 factors:

If you are new to surfing, buy a leash that is about the same size as your surfboard. A thicker leash will generally last longer than a thin one.

A word of warning: When the leash is stretched the board can shoot back at you. Always protect your face with your hands when resurfacing.

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Surfboard bags are often considered optional, but, in our opinion, they are essential for the newer surfer. There are a number of benefits to having a bag for your board.

A bag will slow down, if not completely stop these problems; protect your investment.

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Surfboard wax provides grip for your feet on your surfboard. Surf wax also stops you from sliding off your board while paddling out to the waves.

As the name would suggest surfboard wax is primarily made from bees wax and paraffin. Generally other substances are added to provide tropical fragrances.

There are huge varieties of different surf waxes to select from and you need to ensure that the wax is going to be right for your surfing environment. If you are surfing in Hawaii you will need totally different wax than surfing in a cold water climate like South Africa.

Wax is designed for ranges of water temperature. You need tackier wax in cold water and harder wax in warm water. If in doubt, read the label or give us a call.

Another good way to make your wax stick to your board is the use of base coat. Base coat is like primer for a wall your about to paint and will help the top coat adhere better.

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Serious dings should be left to a professional, bottom line.

BUT, let’s say you’re surfing abroad. The place is remote; no surf shop for miles, or kilometers for that matter. You crack the rail on a wipeout. Or worse, it gets knocked around on the plane before you even get in the water.

What to do? You don’t want to waterlog your favorite board.

The best thing to do is to take your own traveling surfboard repair kit with you. Try Solarez. This stuff will save your board and vacation.

This little beauty heals in the sun, won’t discolor your surfboard, and won’t kill you with fumes. Sand the damaged area thoroughly first so that the Solarez can form a strong bond to your board. You apply it in the shade, stick your surfboard out in the sun for 3 minutes, and bam! You’re back in the barrel. This product starts to cure in just 30 seconds.

If the foam got wet, this is just a simple way to save your surf session. You'll need to remove the Solarez and let the foam dry out before you can make a permanent repair.

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Rashguard and Wetsuit

The need for a wetsuit or rashguard will depend on you and where you live.

Obviously if you live where the water is cold, or at least you think it is, you will need a wetsuit. The thickness and style will depend on your body and tolerance of cold temps.

We carry a variety of wetsuit products for a number of different applications. Colder climates often require wetsuit booties, gloves or hoods to help insulate your body through the winter months. Surfers who travel to tropical surf locations where the wave breaks over shallow reef will find that short, lightweight booties will protect their feet from sharp corral.

Rashguards are used for 2 reasons: to protect from UV and prevent skin damage. If you are a fair skinned individual then a rash guard would be appropriate for you. The other reason people use them is to prevent skin rash from laying on the surfboard. If you have sensitive skin then you might want to try one.

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Traction pads or deck pads are common place for shorter surfboards. They allow the surfer to maintain a higher level of control by placing extra grip at the tail of the surfboard (where most of your turning comes from). If you are getting a shorter surfboard or a hybrid of some sort then a pad is appropriate. They’ll also help with foot placement, giving a reference point to where your back foot should be. This can really help a surfer that is moving down from a longboard, where foot placement isn’t as crucial, to some- thing more agile and capable of a higher level of turning and control.

Although traction is primarily used on shorter boards it can also be used on longboards if desired, it’s just not as common. Surf traction pads come in a huge variety of colors, but they are basically all made from the same non-slip, water resistant components. The bumps, curves, grooves, and contours found on the traction pads all come down to personal taste and comfort.

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If you will be driving to and from the beach, surf racks will be necessary if you don’t have a truck or room inside your car. You can get soft or hard surf racks for almost any vehicle. Most are removable and strap on using the door jams, tail gate, or existing racks.

Surf racks help secure a surfboard so that it isn’t damaged by shifting around while being transported. They also allow you to carry a number of boards on the roof of your vehicle so there’s plenty of room inside for your buddies to join you in the water.

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