What to Bring on Vacation if You Want to Learn How to Surf

Compared to other sports, surfing requires less gear to get started. But if you are planning to take lessons on your next beach vacation, you will want to pack a few things to keep yourself safe and comfortable while still being able to move freely. No need to buy a wet suit — along with a board, the surf school will provide one if it’s necessary — but consider bringing the following items. And don’t forget a tube of good reef-safe sunscreen.

Avoid board rash with this comfortably loose shirt — leave the skintight gear to the pros! — that also guards against U.V. rays. ($40 from Billabong)

These shorts feel like a second skin in the water. They never hang up, no matter how contorted your movements. ($85 from O’Neill)

Seea suits are built with surfing in mind. They stay in place, so you can move freely in the water uninhibited by suit malfunctions.($150 from Seea)

Ask a friend or the instructor to document your progress with this waterproof camera — it’s way easier that trying to capture yourself using a GoPro. ($330 from Walmart)

These stylish beach sandals come in a wide range of colors for men and women. Careful, though: Indosole sizes tend to run a little small. ($32-$40 from Indosole)

Staying safe in the water is, ultimately, your responsibility; this book — written by three physicians who also surf — covers every conceivable wave-riding situation. ($11 from Amazon)

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