When you’re done surfing for the day, morning, or evening, there are several important steps to take to ensure your safety and the well-being of your equipment. Here’s what you should do:
- Exit the Water Safely: Paddle back to shore, but be mindful of your surroundings. Avoid other surfers and swimmers, and watch out for any potential hazards, like rocks or shallow areas.
- Unstrap and Secure Your Board: If you’re using a leash, unstrap it from your ankle and remove it from your board. Make sure the leash is properly coiled or rolled up to prevent tangles.
- Rinse and Clean Your Equipment: Rinse your surfboard, wetsuit, and other gear with fresh water to remove saltwater, sand, and any other debris. This helps prolong the life of your equipment. If you take a surf lesson with us, we take care of this part for you!
- Check for Damage: Inspect your surfboard for any dings, cracks, or other damage. Address any minor repairs as soon as possible to prevent further damage.
- Store Your Gear Properly: Store your surfboard and wetsuit in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. Avoid leaving your board in a hot car or exposed to extreme temperatures, as this can damage the board.
- Sunscreen and Hydration: Apply sunscreen and hydrate after your surf session, especially if you spent a lot of time in the sun. Surfing can be physically demanding, and it’s important to take care of your skin and stay hydrated.
- Fuel Your Body: Your body will be tired! Make sure you eat food, whether it’s snacks or a meal, to re-energize your body.
- Shower and Change: Rinse off in a freshwater shower if one is available at the beach. This helps remove salt and sand from your skin and wetsuit. Change into dry, comfortable clothing.
- Pack Up: Collect all your belongings, including towels, keys, and any personal items you brought to the beach.
- Dispose of Trash: Be responsible and dispose of any trash or litter in designated containers. Leave the beach as clean as you found it to protect the environment. (Yes, even if the trash isn’t yours!)
- Reflect and Learn: Take a moment to reflect on your surf session. Consider what went well and what you can improve for next time. Surfing is a continuous learning process.
- Plan Your Next Session: If you’re passionate about surfing, start thinking about your next surf session. Check surf reports, weather conditions, and tides to plan your next outing.
- Respect the Local Community: Be respectful to the local community and other surfers. Follow any local rules or regulations and treat others with courtesy.
Remember that surfing is not just a sport; it’s a lifestyle. Taking good care of your equipment, respecting the environment, and showing consideration for others are all part of being a responsible and mindful surfer.