You have already imagine it. The sun, the sands, and the long barrel of waves ready to ride on. In a few months from now, you will be leaving whatever boring thing you are doing right now and start on an exciting surf holidays. Your life would consist nothing but surfing, sunbathing, eating, and enjoying every second of the hard-earned vacation. It seems almost perfect, isn’t it? However, all the things under the sun has it problems and surfing holiday is no exception. Let’s get real. Surfers has their own challenges when it comes to surf holidays no matter how dreamy it is. Here’s realistic problems you might encounter and need to think of.
Moving Boards on Surf Holidays
If you have your own surfboards and plan to bring it, that will be the very first challenges on the holiday. You see, taking surfboards to airplanes are risky, expensive, and it will always be. Some airlines doesn’t charge for boards, that’s great. Others charge boards and some even open your bag and count charges for each boards you take. Also remember that the charges applies for the return trip as well. Count the charges meticulously. You probably need to pay more than the value of your boards on a return trip just for the charges only!
Travelling to Remote, Untouched Waves Can be Expensive
We surfers are thrilled when we can have all the beach and the waves just for ourself. On surf holidays, we are determined to find the most remote and pristine places. To surf where no other has been. However, reaching remote destination also means spending more money for travel. You might need to hop to another plane, ride a taxi, rent a car from the locas, or probably sail with a boat. If you are not ready with the added expenses, stay on most popular, reachable surf destinations.
No Guaranteed Waves
No matter how expensive your surf holidays is, nothing could guarantee how nature behaves. Some places are certainly at its best at certain times. But we have heard enough of dissappointing surfer stories. About coming to a place, dropping expenses worth of months of wages, and couldn’t even get into the water because the waves are too big ot too small to surf in.
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The Risk of Drowning on Surf Holidays
Do you know that drowning is one of the biggest risk of surfing? Even the most experienced surfers could drown on their surf holidays if they are not careful enough. Getting trapped on reef, miscalculating the waves, hit to unconciousness on a collusion, and many wrong thing are possible during surfing. The danger is real and should never be underestimated. The solution? Always surf with a friend (or better, local surf guide) who can help you out if you get into problems.