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We've put together a list of essentials for your tropical getaway this winter.

There's no better way to make it through our harsh New Zealand winter than to escape for a little tropical getaway. Whether it be Indonesia, Fiji, Samoa or even the Gold Coast the equipment you'll be using can make or break your trip. 

We've compiled a collection of our top selling items to take with you on your next adventure. Everything from Boards to Boardbags, ding kits to wetsuit tops, you can view them all here.

We have also compiled a handy checklist of things to make sure you don't forget before you head away; remember it's better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it.
  • Boards
  • Spare Leashes (at least 1 for each board and 1 spare)
  • Spare Fins
  • Wax (4-6 blocks)
  • Reef Boots
  • Ding Repair Kit
  • Roof straps/Tie downs
  • Duct Tape (super handy for Ding/boardbag repair)
  • Gopro
  • Money/credit card
  • Passport
  • Flight/accommodation documents
  • Travel Insurance
  • Driving licence/international licence
  • Phone/charger
  • Clothes
  • Shoes/flip flops
  • Toiletries
  • Boardies/Bikini/Wetsuit
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Adapter plug
  • Towel
  • Beach bag
  • Sunscreen
  • First aid Kit
  • Rash Vest
  • Surf Hat
Another important thing to remember when travelling anywhere is to pack your board as well as possible. It doesn't matter if you're jetting off half way across the world or jumping between pacific islands, it doesn't take a lot for your board to get damaged. Below we have detailed a step by step guide to making sure your board arrives at your destination in one piece.
  1. Remove all fins: it is easy to understand why - a flat board offers less contact with obstacles;
  2. De-Wax your board: you don't want it to melt in hot surf destinations;
  3. Protect rails, tail, and nose with polyethylene foam pipe insulation;
  4. Cover the surfboard with plastic bubble wrap or a board sock
  5. Add beach towels: it's the ultimate barrier against cracks;
  6. Add "Handle With Care," "Top Load," "Surfboard Inside" and/or "Fragile" stickers 
Remember that if you're stacking several boards on top of each other, the largest should always be on the bottom, with the wax side up. Additionally, strap all boards together, and add extra layers of padding between them - wetsuits, t-shirts, rash guards, towels.


There you have it, now all you need is to book that ticket and start to froth!

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