Every day we make decisions: what to eat, who we spend our time with, how we occupy our time. Obviously some decisions are more important than others and require a little more thought before making the final call. Making a call on your next surf trip is for sure a decision that needs to be planned out ahead of time. So from Beach Break Surf Camp, here are our 5 most important tips when planning and executing your next surf vacation.
- KNOW YOUR SPOT
There are so many beautiful waves in the world to choose from: rights, lefts, points, beach, reef, big, small, barreling, open faced, the list goes on. When considering your next surf spot for vacation research what type of wave it is, how consistent it breaks, if there is a high or low season, and if there are other breaks near by. It is obviously a huge bonus if you know your surrounding breaks, if you need to rent a car, and how oftern you will be able to surf. Ideal scenerio is staying beach front and walking to the break each morning... like right here at Beach Break Surf Camp in Playa Venao, Panama.
2. KNOW WHAT YOU GET
With the growing market of surf travel destinations and more and more hotels, hostels, boutique hotels, surf resorts, and whatever else comes along, it is important to know exactly what you are getting for your money. Some really important things to consider are the ammenities:
- do they have air conditioning?
- restaurants near by?
- outdoor showers?
- surf shop/ board rentals?
- anything to do besides surf (tours, fishing, nightlife)?
3. DOES THE SPOT HAVE WHAT YOU WANT
After you've done your research on the break and the hotel, the decision has to be made as to whether you bring your own board or not. If bringing your own board, it is important to see if they have a ding repair shop (too many times have I seen guest open board bags in horror to see what happened in transit). If there isn't a ding repair shop, be sure to carry sun cure or some simple ding repair items with you. If you decide that you don't want the hassle of carrying your board with you on your travels, be sure to ask specifics on what types of boards the surf hotel has. Ask them to send pictures and dimensions to make sure you'll have something you like to ride.
These are 3 quick tips for your next surf adventure. Remember the most important tip of all, have fun and enjoy the experience no matter what.