You’ll need a little more than just a board and some fins to surf. Unless you love skin diving, I guess. Wetsuits, wax, traction, leashes, sunscreen. Learn all about the surf things that aren’t boards or fins.
Check out our reviews & recommendations for the best surf equipment.
All About Surfing Equipment
Learn all about the different types of wetsuits and how to select the best one for where (and when) you’ll be surfing. Find out how to get the most life out of your wetsuits too.
Surf Wax 101: Surf wax helps keep your feet gripping your board. Find out what surf wax is made of and all the different types of wax you’ll have to choose from.
Traction pads are like permanent surf wax that you’ll often find at the tail section of shorter boards. Learn all about them here.
Leashes, or kook cords as many older dudes may call them, connect your leg to your board. Learn all about the history of the surf leash and the best way to use one.
Skin cancer’s no joke, barno. Learn how to protect your skin (and the environment) by choosing the right sunscreen for surfing.
Here’s the full dump of all the surf equipment you’ll probably ever need.
If you’re just getting started, we’ve spelled out the basics of what you’ll need to get your surfing journey off to the right start.
FAQs: Surf Equipment
If you’ve got a truck or an SUV, you’ll probably be able to fit any type of board in your car. Most sedans can squeeze an 8′-9′ board inside if your able to adjust the seats and get a little creative. Otherwise, some soft racks for your roof are the easiest solution.
Mr. Zog’s Sex Wax is a brand of surfboard wax. The name was meant to be attention grabbing and absurd, and a parody of the “sex sells” trope.
You put wax on the top, or the deck, of your surfboard. The wax adds traction so you don’t slip off.
Surf wax is formulated based on the temperature of the water you’ll be surfing in. You should use the wax that corresponds to the water temp. Harder waxes are for warmer water, softer waxes are for colder water.
You should remove your wax once it starts to get nasty, flake off, or build up too thick of a layer.
Get a wetsuit! If it’s extra chilly, up the thickness of your suit and get some wetsuit add-ons like booties, gloves, and a hood.
The ideal wetsuit is going to keep you warm and comfortable and allow for the maximum range of motion. The thicker the wetsuit, the more restrictive your movements will be. Get a suit that’s best suited for the water and air temperatures you’ll surf in.
Your leash should be roughly the same size or about a foot longer than the board you’ll be using it with. Use a leash with an ankle cuff for most boards, use a leash with an upper calf/thigh cuff for longboards that you want to cross-step.
More Surf Equipment Resources
Find the best surf gear & accessories.
Check out the best surf travel products and storage racks.