Surfing, in its purest guise, requires precious little equipment.
Board, wetsuit, towel. And you don’t actually need a towel, nor a wetsuit, necessarily… or even a board.
Which all sounds pretty groovy and non-gear geeky… until you remember you live around 50 degrees north of the equator (as in, more than half way to the pole) and that you want to surf in winter, when the best waves happen.
Then it becomes a different story.
Then what kind of kit you’re running becomes vital.
It is also important to consider which of the ages of man you represent. Or, if you prefer, how old you are.
When you’re say, 16-25, you’re pretty much invincible, or, at the very least invincible relative to you in ten years’ time. You can wear pretty much whatever (I didn’t wear a hood until I was 30). Then, inevitably, you start to turn into a bit of pussy. It happens around about the same time you cease being able to do proper poos.* But I digress.
These must-haves are not really musts, of course. You can still maintain a reasonable quality of life without any of them, even without knowing they exist.
But if you are in planning some kind of winter surfing equipment spend this Samhain – which you surely are – be it from under £20 to several hundred, you must allow us to recommend the following.
*When they go from being kinda clean-ish consistent logs to just like a sloppy pile.