Surf trip preparations

Is this your first surf trip? Does it feel like starting into the unknown? 

Everyone knows, a good preparation beats everything and we would like to support you here. The water temperature around Lombok is between 26 and 29 degrees, this means board shorts and a bikini are good for swimming. But for surfing we recommend to bring in addition rash guards and leggings, both don’t have to be surf specific clothing - any fast drying lycra fabric is good. This is not only the best protection against the strong tropical sun, it protects you also from rashes caused through the surfboard. 

If you are looking for specific surf gear, we recommend bikinis, swimsuits and board shorts which have a perfect fit for you and which are made for surfing. Otherwise you are struggling while surfing trying to keep everything in place. Especially for the girls, bikinis with a cross back are perfect and take the pressure away from your back while paddling. For the bottom it is useful to have straps to adjust the fit. We don’t recommend to wear bikinis with underwires or other unnecessary knots or metal bits in the front. They’ll be just painful and make paddling torturous. Also adjustable triangle tops are not surf approved, they move around more than you’d like and you’ll probably don’t feel comfortable.

Of course you will need further accessories like sunscreen (SPF 50), zinc for your face, caps and sunglasses. Don’t underestimate the tropical sun, even if you are coming directly from the European summer.

You don’t have the time to organise your surf gear for the trip? No problem! You can find everything you need in our surf shop. We are happy to help you.

How to get fit for your next surf trip

Flights are booked and the countdown for your surf trip has started. But you don’t wanna struggle on your board instead of catching waves, you want to have a perfect surf trip where “surf, eat, sleep, repeat” is the main focus . So it’s time to get fit again! We tell you seven awesome ways to prepare your body for a surf trip.

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  1. If you live close to a surf spot — of course surf as much as possible. Even if it’s a short session in bad conditions. Every paddle and wave counts. 

  2. The landlocked option: grab your board, go to the next river or lake and paddle out.

  3. Go swimming! It will get your cardio fitness up plus your arms will get fit for paddling. And it’s always nice to be in the water.

  4. Run Forrest run. For surfing you definitely need a good cardio level. Nothing else is better to get your cardio fitness up than going for a run. Plus it’s a great exercise for your legs.

  5. Surf workouts — either at home, in the gym or outdoor to train your biceps, triceps, back and shoulders. Full body workouts are the best, so your abs and legs will get strong too.

    Our favourite exercises:

    - Push ups (normal, ring push ups or dumbbell push ups, you can also use a box or balance board to make it more easy or difficult. Be creative and challenge your body)

    - Burpees

    - Squats (normal squats, Bulgarian split squats or single-leg ones, you can also include jumps. For an extra challenge: add weights)

    - Pull-ups

    - Planking (normal or side plank, play with your body and raise your legs and arms from time to time. You can also use a ball to put either your arms or your legs on it.)

  6. Stretch your muscles or go for Yoga to get those office chair muscles flexible again.

  7. Last but not least: Practise the “dry” take off everyday. We know this is boring, but it will help you!