Okay, so you are planning on a surfing adventure trip, have looked up some fab surfing destinations in India, but need important information and tips on the same? You have reached the right page! Read on and get informed on some tips on the surface water adventure sport – surfing.
Compared to other sports, the gear required for surfing is pretty reasonably priced considering that most of the equipment on offer is of good quality and will last for many years.
- Surfboard: The surfboard is most important piece of equipment that you’ll need. Different boards will suit different conditions and different skill levels.
- Wetsuit: If you are lucky enough to be surfing in places with warm climates, you will probably be able to surf in a good old pair of shorts and a t-shirt, and not have to worry about using a wetsuit. However if you are surfing in colder places, then you will need a good quality wetsuit to keep you warm. Good quality wetsuits have sealed seams that hold a thin layer of water against your skin which once warm works as insulation. Cheap suits don’t usually have sealed seams and allow water to flush through them and thus are crap in cold water. Take good care while selecting your wet suit.
- Booties: Some surfers wear protective booties to protect their feet from coral, rocks, stinging fishy type things, and of course the cold!
- Gloves & hood: In cold winter conditions neoprene gloves and a balaclava type hood for your head, the type that would cover your face for protection, will help you retain some of your body heat.
- Helmet: If you are surfing in some dangerous locations near rocks or coral, a helmet is a good idea.
Safety tips while surfing:
- Don’t swim when drugged or intoxicated. It has been researched that alcohol can lower your body temperature and affect your swimming skills. Even being mildly tipsy can affect your judgment and create a dangerous situation.
- Liberally apply sunscreen and wear footwear to prevent your feet from getting burned on the sand.
- Carry along a small bottle of water to avoid getting dehydrated.
Best time to surf in India:
There are waves in India all year round averaging 3 to 5 feet but the season for big waves measuring around 8 feet plus, is May through September. This is the pre-monsoon and monsoon season. At this time the surf will range from 8 to 15 feet and bigger. Though the waves often seem blown out and messy, sometimes the conditions are fantastic, with offshore winds, at which time you can expect some world class waves making it ideal for surfing.
For those who love a little more adventure, add in a dash off kayaking or rafting mid sea. Even paragliding makes for a fantastic option for those who love to spend all day in the air. After all, it’s the high of thrill!