You want to get out in the water and start carving up those waves, but you need some proper kit. We give you a surfing set-up which will get you started, then keep performing when you start to really shred.
Mick Fanning model by DHD, £380
The new world champ rides this 6ft 6in board; it’s designed for charging like a pro. If floundering like a novice is more your style, Ripcurl also makes minimals, and DHD does an intermediate shape, also for £380.
Animal rash top, £25
No self-respecting surfer goes out without a rash top. It stops your ribs rubbing on the board as you paddle and adds insulation. This one’s camo print avoids the usual Spandex look.
Billabong Solution CT 3/2 wetsuit, £190
Most wetsuits let waves flush cold water through their zip. So Billabong has abolished zips altogether in favour of a Velcro neck flap, boosting the comfort level too.
Nixon Superhero Ti tide watch, £200
High tide or low tide can mean the difference between a tubular left-hander and a pile of rocks. Fortunately Nixon’s titanium tide watch comes pre-programmed with the tide tables of 200 beaches worldwide.
O’Neill Mutant Boot, £35
OK, it’s summer – but unless you’re on a sandy beach break, you’ll need protection against reefs, rocks and urchins. These 3mm boots will help you grip, and the split toes mean you won’t lose feedback from the board.
Animal board shorts, £35
Once you’re out of your wetsuit, you’ll need some keks to change into – and these come with their own wax scraper, the tool for essential board maintenance. And they’re lace-up, which means you won’t be left high, dry and naked when bodysurfing.