The great advantage of surfing in winter is that the ocean pumps tides and waves without stopping to the coasts and beaches that at this time of year are much emptier. Who cares if the water is A little cold? Here are some tips for surfing in cold waters.
A good neoprene is essential. Buy the best 5mm that you can afford. Attention to size and fit: although wetsuits are becoming more flexible, a tight-fitting suit restricts blood circulation and makes you feel cold before. Of course booties, gloves and hood more than recommended.
There are some pre-session aspects that can mark success or failure: filling the body with gasoline in the form of carbohydrates, proteins and surfwater. Do not let the cold get into your body before you get in the water (a feathers to analyze the conditions comes in handy). If heating and stretching before entering is always important, in sessions in cold water, even more, since it helps us maintain blood circulation when the water temperature hits us squarely.
3. Kiss me a lot You
know that spending a lot of time in cold water and a lot of wind is a disaster for the skin and lips … Use a good, dense and thick lip cream before entering the water, and do the same after the shower at home. Your boyfriends and girlfriends will thank you.
The winter waves are usually bigger and better, but surely to enjoy them better you will need a bigger table with more volume than the one you use in summer.
5. In the water
Touch to move. Much. The more we paddle and move in the hotter water we will keep. Avoid doing the duck whenever possible, and when you are sitting do not forget to move your hands, arms and shoulders to help the blood circulation. If all else fails, do not stay too long in the water, winter surfing requires a lot of energy, and you always have to save something to go back to the beach. Of course better always in the company of a colleague, and watch among yourselves the signs of hypothermia.
6. To change
The time to change after a session is probably the worst part of the experience. In a perfect world we would all do it in a warm van, but for those who do not have there are a few tricks that make the experience less miserable, like filling a bottle or canteen with boiling water before leaving, which will make when we return to the car still be warm enough or warm enough to remove sand and salt more pleasantly (and even as a clothes warmer); or leaving the towels and clothes organized previously will also help us to make the change process faster and more comfortable.
Warming up little by little after having surfed a day of cold conditions is an exquisite sensation. Dress comfortable and warm, make a fire on the beach, drink orujo or direct to the bar for some beers. They have earned it!