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Surf Gear and Accessories: "Making Sense of Your Choices."

An Article By: Chris Hough, CEO: The Surfboard Warehouse

It's great to be be a surfer in today's day and age, the choices we have when it comes to Surf Accessories are though the roof! In this article specifically I will address Surf Gear that typically goes over looked. If you want to take a look at surfboard fins, or surfboard bags, this won't be the article for you, however I have placed links to those specific articles within this sentence. What we're going to be talking about here are things like leashes, traction pads, board shorts, wax, sunscreen and much more.

First lets take a look at leashes. The surfboard leash has evolved from a simple cord tied around your leg that was glassed onto you board, to the overwhelming amount of choices which now exist and all deserve some merit. Typically, surf leashes are all made so they don't tangle, which used to SERIOUSLY cause problems in the take off zone in the event your leash were to get tangled around your feet. The tangle free leash was accomplished in several ways, but the advent of the double swivel that is now placed at the ankle cuff and in some cases at the rail saver as well, is mainly responsible. If you don't think it's a big deal, try surfing with an old hand tied leash or try creating a medal swivel that doesn't corrode, or stick when exposed to salt water on multiple occasions. The modern day surf leash is one Surf Accessory that shouldn't be taken for granted or considered lightly.

Next up lets talk about the traction pad. A traction pad is interesting, because you technically can surf without one and some surfers prefer wax under their back foot so that they can feel their board better. While this is a valid argument, I will never forget a story I heard when it came to creatures of leisure traction pads. A while back when Taj Burrow used to surf for Creatures, he was routinely caught sorting through their traction, picking out certain pads and throwing others to the side. When asked about this, Taj's response was simple, "I like the thinner pads, I can feel the board better under my feet."  So simple, yet to my knowledge, at this point no one had taken traction pad thickness into consideration and now everyone's going as thin as possible. Now, while you can surf without a traction pad, I highly doubt we'd be seeing rodeos or back flips without this important Surf Accessory.

Next up the board short and I know what you're thinking, board shorts aren't really even surf gear. Really? The board short was invented by surfers, it is after all called the "board short", as in surfboard and there are some reasons for it's madness. While some surfers would argue they like a back pocket, I think that's really more for style. The cargo pocket exists on most board shorts so you can have a bar of wax with you out in the line up without sitting on it, a simple concept, but important none the less. Also, companies like Body Glove are designing their shorts with 4-way stretch, super comfortable, quick drying and perfect for surfing in. While you can find board shorts with zip pockets, velcro pockets are much more surf friendly. Fall once on that tiny zipper clasp and you'll understand exactly what I'm talking about. Anyway, the board short definitely falls in the category of "Surf Gear".

Last lets talk about surf wax and sunscreen. Wax is a must, but, what kind? What water temp? You may not have ever thought about this before. There is a reason some surfers swear by Sticky Bumps and why others go with Famous Surf Wax or the famous Sex Wax, it all feels slightly different and that can throw your game off. For me personally having the right wax for the corresponding water temperature is a must. Try using cold water wax in warm water and see what happens.  Sunscreen is interesting as well, sure you could use Banana Boat, my guess is that it won't last you 30 min. in the line up and if it does it will be all in your wax, making your board slippery or get in your eyes and good luck at that point. You really need to go with sunscreen designed by surfers, Headhunter and Watermans are both amazing. I can attest to applying once, not getting burned and not having it in my wax or eyes. The stuff stays put and that's what you need when you're in the line up, whether you're talking about wax or sunscreen and they both definitely fall in the category of Surf Accessory.

At The Surfboard Warehouse we all surf, we care, we want you to get the right Surf Gear for your trip or for your day to day use. You're a surfer, we're an ACTUAL surf shop that understands the best Surf Accessories on the market. At The Surfboard Warehouse, on this very page, you'll see the best selection of Surf Gear anywhere; leashes, traction, board shorts, wax, sunscreen, and more it's all here! Not sure how to sort it all out? Call us, we're here and we'll help get you the exact Surf Gear you need. Thank you for considering The Surfboard Warehouse.

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