Yet when we order a new surfboard, many opt to buy the bare basics. Cheap plastic fins, a bar of surf wax and (maybe) a leash. And why is that? Mainly because there often isn't a sales person to upsell you on everything you need to get the most out of your new board. Today, I'll be that sales person as we look at the top 3 essential surfing accessories for 2016 that you need to purchase.
First and foremost is protecting your new board. From the sun, from dust & dirt, and storage. It's funny how many people damage their boards outside of the water. Don't let this be you! Buy a surfboard sock to keep your board in pristine condition. Designed to shield your surfboard from potential dings and UV sunlight that turns your board yellow; it's an essential surfing accessory. It will also keep the wax from melting and dripping all of your car. Your new surfboard is an investment; protect it with a HoStevie Surfboard Sock.
Second, you need to stay safe while surfing which involves buying a leash. A good surfboard leash prevents long swims to the shoreline after wiping out to retrieve your board, reduces the risk of your board hitting someone else and (hopefully) keeps your board from hitting the pier or rocks unless you get super close. While you should never rely on a leash to keep your board close by if you're an unskilled swimmer; it is an essential surfing accessory for 2016!
Last but not least is a good pair of upgraded Honeycomb FCS or Future fins. For years, I didn't think good fins made a difference until I started experimenting. And let me tell you, they sure do improve your performance. The flex patterns, overall weight and drag resistance are all so important. I just installed a pair of fiberglass honeycomb surf fins on my new Simon Anderson surfboard and they are amazing. Not to mention the blue fins look great on my bright white surfboard. Don't mess around with cheap fins; the investment will be well worth it.
Just like buying a car, a new surfboard often requires some additional upgrades and accessories to keep you riding in style. While their are countless products and accessories currently on the market, these are my picks for the top 3 essential surfing accessories for 2016. Cheers!