7 tips to help keep you in the surf this Winter
3 June, 2022
When most of us think of surfing, we think of Summer! the perfect beach day with warm sunshine, blue skies, and perfect waves. However, here in South Australia, our waves tend to actually be the best through the winter months. Along the Fleurieu Peninsula, we get the cleanest surf breaks when there's a South Easterly and these conditions tend to be more consistent through the middle of the year. So, if you want to make the most of South Australia's good swell then it's time to prepare for surfing winter styles and surf and sun Middleton knows how.
1. Get a warm wetsuit! A wetsuit designed for winter conditions will make all the difference to your experience surfing in the cold. As a wetsuit’s thickness is measured in terms of millimetres, get a 4mm or 5mm. Don’t forget the gloves, boots, and hood. Some bonus tips: first off, of course, your wetsuit needs to be dry. Then boots must not be too loose to reduce your control, and the gloves must help in blood circulation.
2. Know your physical limits Winter surf conditions can be more intense. Not only are you subjecting your body to the freezing conditions of the water, but the surf can also be more powerful in winter. Choose wisely how much time you spend in the water, be mindful of how your body is feeling, and make sure you fuel up properly before a surf to prevent cramping.
3. Surfboard choice As for your board, it will depend on your experience and how big the swell is. Those that are new to winter surfing can try using a wider and heavier board to help with balance. If you're planning to hire a board, then check ahead here at surfboard hire Victor Harbor.
4. Proper hydration and food Contrary to what most people think, coffee is fine for surfing, but it's way better if people drink some glasses of water before anything else. Also if you're someone who is prone to cramps in the surf then smash a few bananas before you head out. They are high in potassium which will help prevent cramping.
5. Stretch properly If a warmup is important on an average summer surfing day, it is all the more important during winter. So take time to warm up with a short run and then a good stretch.
6. Select the timing Winter itself is a mix of conditions, and it's not always just about avoiding hyperthermia. For example, those new to winter surfing need to be aware of wind-driven waves and stormy waves. So focus on what you can manage, like finding spots that have a paddle-out point, or sheltered beaches.
With all this, take heart that not all winter days are the same! If there’s something to especially look forward to this winter, it would be the days that bring on punchy, fast-moving waves that are ideal for surf training. So don't let the cold put you off and go score some awesome rides!
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