The surf trip checklist

Surf trip: an adventure with friends and waves | Photo: Rip Curl

Every surfer dreams of the surf trip of a lifetime. Chasing the undiscovered wave peak, traveling with our best friends, tasting local gastronomy and naming new secrets spots are part of the irresistible lure of surfing.

There's a unique adventure in all surf trips. Surfers forget their daily habits and travel through their own imaginations. It's very important to plan a wave journey at least once in your surfing life; if only to free yourself from rigid rules and schedules.

Surf traveling is always on the surfer's to-do list, but changing conditions along the route can mean it is not always possible to schedule it efficiently. It's good practice to make a plan, even if you don't stick to it. Fun sometimes requires organization - just not too much. has compiled a checklist of the most important steps to take when preparing to hit the road in search of epic surf and even more epic stories. Here's what you'll need to do:

1. Check tires, oil, gas, water and lights of your car;

2. Bring wax, leash, surfboard and fins;

3. Pack boxers/underwear, board shorts, beach towel and sun cream;

4. Stock a toothbrush, toothpaste, and toilet paper;

5. Bring glasses and contact lens solution, if needed;

6. Make sure you have a credit card and pocket money;

7. Safeguard your passport and visa, if needed;

8. Don't forget your driver's license, registration and insurance cards;

9. Bring a cell phone and charger;

10. Check for house keys, and turn off the gas and water before leaving the house;

Hawaii, California, Australia, Indonesia, Portugal, France, Spain, Mexico, Brazil and Fiji are some of the most thrilling surfing destinations. Set a daily budget, learn about the local cultures you will be visiting, and go for it.

As a final word, respect the local surfers wherever you go. Try to be gentle, make friends, share waves and a beer, have fun, exchange contacts and invite them to visit your home country. Surfing is all about joy.

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