Summer is fast approaching, and with it the prospect of your summer surf trip along the warmest coasts that Europe has to offer. If you’re lucky enough to be hitting the waves this summer there are a few things that you’ll have to take care of before you even start looking at flights. Here’s a quick guide to preparing for the perfect summer trip, with all the sand, sea and surf that we’re all dreaming of.
Pick the perfect place
Step one is, of course, picking the perfect place to go surfing. There is a huge amount of coastline to surf in Europe, and picking the best one is never easy. If you don’t have a preferred country, a good place to start lies in checking which beaches have the best waves and then checking those beaches against their average weather conditions over the weeks you’re in the area. This will help you narrow down your list of options considerably.
Make sure your wetsuit is in good condition
From here, you can begin making sure that all of your surf essentials are in good condition. First things first – your wetsuit. As long as you’ve taken care of your wetsuit since you wore it last, this shouldn’t be a problem, but it’s always worth checking the quality of your gear before you go. Check to see if it has degraded over the last year – you’ll notice if it has because it will have hardened, shrunk and began to smell. Make sure you look out for holes in the neoprene too, check for tears at the seams and make sure the zip is still smooth.
Make sure your board is ready for the water
There’s nothing quite like a bit of board wax to get yourself ready for the water. Get your board out, make sure it’s nicely polished, and that the bag you’re going to put it in is still fit for purpose. Remember, there should be enough room to bubble wrap the board before you go – it’ll protect it from some of the knocks and bumps that holds luggage always takes! While you’re at it, check your leash still works as it should, and that you have all of the rashies you need for when you don’t want a full wetsuit.
Get your EHIC up to date
Surfing is an extreme sport – none of us are going to argue that. Unfortunately that means that the sport comes with an increased risk of injury, and injuries abroad are far from cheap. The EHIC (European Health Insurance Card) is one way you can mitigate this, gaining access to state-funded healthcare while you’re in the EEA. If you haven’t taken care of your EHIC card renewals, make sure you get it done, and make sure you do it today! It can take a few weeks to get your card back, and it’s only valid if it’s with you when you need the medical treatment.
Book your tickets
Last but not least, book your flights. Shop around before you fly in order to get the best deals, and make use of all the best travel hacks before you actually buy your flights. These include clearing your cookies to drop the price of your flights, grabbing eBooks instead of paper copies for your flight, and using FourSquare to grab the WiFi codes you’re going to need before you travel – lots of people post WiFi passwords on this handy little site, making surfing the web that much easier before you hit the water!