The summer is over and while putting my surfing stuff into storage, peeling the wax of my board and going over all of it I thought it nice to share some practical tips on simple and cheap accessories that will make your life a lot easier and spare you frustrating repair runs. So here is a short little list of the stuff you should always have handy while surfing:
|Surfmonks – It`s like a sect only cooler|
You know this scenario. You are not in Indo or Australia, have to wear a wetsuite all day long and then in the afternoon it ain´t all to warm anymore. Also in a Christian country like Portugal nudity, even while changing is not very welcome so a Poncho is nice to keep you warm and make it easier to change while not offending the local wildlife XD. It´s also awsome for at home, if you wanna save some of that heating money, and your like me running around in boardshorts all winter 😛
It does what it´s name implies. It´s a cleaning solution on a lemon/alcohol base that, in combination with a cleaning cloth and a credit card, is used to remove old wax from your board. Be sure not to use to much and use a good cleaning cloth. If your board is already a little uneven try not to use the credit card for peeling to excessively. It might damage the upper layer and that is annoying to fix. Also unless you wanna get high on fumes make sure to do this in a well ventilated room a.k.a. OUTSIDE 😛
I have been using this super-cloths from ECOLAB for all kinds of purposes while filming. They are a good light rain coat for my camera, a nice additional protective bag and they soak up tons of fluid while the micro-structure wipes almost any kind of crap of your stuff in an instant. Coincidently they are also great for soaking in wax remover and then rubbing wax remains of your board. After that it´s gonna look super polished. Don´t know thou if this type is commercially available as it was originally made for hospitals and other specialized facilities.
The Zinc Stick – 15 EUR
Everybody want`s a nice tan, but no one wants to look like a lobster. Since the suns rays with all there reflecitons are even stronger on water a regular sunscreen won`t help. Thats where the Zinc sunstick comes in. It protects you thnx to quite a high Zinc intake. As we know Zinc is not the healthiest of all things so at least wash it off once your out of the water !
Ding Repair – 10 to 30 EUR
As it so happens, sometimes you will make a ding by being clumsy. Other times some idiot will crash into you. It is times like these that you will won`t to have one of these. Small practical and sometimes a pain in the ass to work with, it will help you cement the fresh new hole in your board.
POSCA Pens – 2,30 to 8,90 EUR (Depending on size)