I grew up on an island where the weather is always hot and it’s summer all year long. Where I would skip school to go to the beach with friends and where a Saturday trip is going to the rainforest and later to the beach. I believe I was blessed by being born in Puerto Rico. When I talk with my friends from abroad and hear their stories of how they would go to the beach only on summers or even more shocking for me, friends who have never been to the beach, it always surprises me that not everybody had what I did. I can’t even begin to imagine what is like to grow up somewhere without a beach. As a kid I would spend most of my saturdays on the beach with my family.
My dad is a true beach bum. He loves the ocean and being on the beach. I firmly believe that if he could choose where to be every day, he would be on the beach with a cold beer in his hand. As a kid, I remember my dad taking my sister and me to surf competitions. Neither my sister or I surf. I’ve never even touched a board! But there is something therapeutic about sitting on the shore and looking at the pros doing their thing.
It had been years since I first went to a surfing competition. This year my best friend and I decided we wanted to go to the “Corona Pro Surf Contest” in Rincón, Puerto Rico. We got there early in the morning to get a good spot. We spent the whole day there watching the surfers compete and overall having a great day on the beach. That got me thinking of what ae the essentials to pack when going to a surf competition. These things tend to get packed with people so picking a good spot to stay at for a while is really important! I want you to be prepared so that you can enjoy the competition without worry. So, if you ever go to a surf competition this is what you have to bring in order to survive:
Hydrate don’t dyedrate! You are gonna be at the beach all day under the sun! It’s important for you to take care of yourself. This is really important in countries with warmer weather like Puerto Rico, South Africa, and Australia, you have to drink lots of water! You don’t want to be caught on an Australian summer without water!
You are gonna be all day at the beach, and no beach is alike so you might be somewhere where the next food stand its miles out. Is it really worth it to lose that awesome spot because you forgot to prepare for the day? I don’t know about you, but when I’m at the beach I tend to get extra hungry so I eat more than I normally do. Always be prepared, bring snacks, like trail mix, fruit, sandwiches, things that are easy to make and don’t go bad easily.
Cooler – I think this is the single most important thing to bring. Here you keep all those drinks and snacks cool and nice. Nothing better than a cold beer on a hot day!
A day at the beach isn’t complete with music! I always like to bring a small set of speakers to the beach to listen to my tunes.
I may be tan but, I like to take care of my skin. Don’t be dumb and put some damn sunblock!
towels or/ chairs
some competitions might not let you use your own. When I went to the Corona Pro Surf they would only permit people to use Corona umbrellas. So check before you go
If you want to get a good look at the action on the water a pair of binoculars is a good investment
Have you ever been to a surf competition? Let us know! and tell us what else would you bring!