Girls Guide to the ultimate Eco Surf Trip

Let's face it, surfer girls rule!! We are way more chilled in the water, always smiling and cheering each other on, get to wear epic surf gear and charge just as hard and there is simly nothing better than getting ready for that once in a life time, tropical odyssey, bikinis packed, all girls surf trip!

That’s why at Akua Oceanwear has made our new years resolution to TRAVEL & SURF! From the mesmerizing waters of the Maldives, to North Sumatra and across to the white sandy beaches of Panama, there are certainly waves to be had and we want to see you out there.

Though making sure you’re next epic surf trip is ocean friendly can be tricky business. Along with the language barrier of many surf destinations, education on the issue f plastic can be scarse and make it very hard to tread lightly on this earth. So here it is, the ultimate guide to your next All Girls Surf Trip. From how to avoid those pesky flight charges to packing you bag, we have got it covered.

So join Akua Oceanwear new years resolution and #akuaoceanwear to share your next Surfergirl Odyssey with women worldwide.

 

Step 1: Where to go?

It all comes down to how dedicated you are to finding the perfect wave. We all know the perfect wave is never a direct flight, in perfect comfort, lots of leg room and amazing hot soy lattes away. You have to suck it up to get the barrel (or try haha). So all I have to say is open your eyes, widen your horizon and go exploring! Google maps is always a great place to start..

Step 2: Booking flights!!

Now put your hand up if you have been stung with that very unwelcoming, HUGE, extra fee at check-in. Oh yes.. we have all experienced the moment of, that will be $300aus for 1 surfboard, please. Oh you have two in there, yep $600 please haha. While the elimination of this event is never guaranteed. I want to share my two cents to help you avoid this unwelcomed cost.

- The first tip is to fly with one check-in bag. According to most airlines, especially all the standard ones in Australia (Virgin, Air Asia, Quantas, Jetstar etc) your standard shortboard is within the measurement of a check in bag. So as long as your bag is not over the weight limit you are all good to go. QUICK TIP: use your rash vests, clothes, towel and bikinis to protect your board

- If you need to bring two check-in bags, research if your chosen airline allows you to pay for extra bags or a surfboard (sporting equipment) at the time of booking your flight. I know Virgin Australia allows you to prepay for a surfboard, so at least your only paying an extra $60AUS or so, rather than $300 (I swear they make that price up on the spot).

Step 3: PACKING YOU BAG!

This is the key step. From spare leggies to fin keys and the emergency reef cut kit. Our goal is to make sure your next surf trip is as sustainable and ocean friendly as possible. Follow our guide below and you are ready to explore!!

1.Surfboard: Ofcourse! While there is nothing sustainable about my board, although I am very kind to my boards and keep them for a long time. There are some amazing brands out there offering more earth-friendly boards, for example, Notox , FireWire & Ecoboards . None of which I have used myself but have certainly had some amazing reviews.  

2.Bikinis For Days: Our key essential! Your favourite collection oocean-friendlyly, surf ready Akua Oceanwear awaits. Created to make you feel confident and beautiful, there is certainly no better feeling then waking up, to throw on that perfect bikini! The waves are pumping and you know you are set to tackle the line up in a suit that’s there to stay. I mean we all know lines up are filled with welcoming and kind heart men (Ha. Ha) and its certainly comforting to know your suit will be there at the end. Oh and did I mention they are all 100% reversible, plastic free & super cool !

3.All Natural Zinc: A must have, especially when heading to a tropical location. My current favorite is Sun and Earth Zinc from Byron Bay and Reef Safe Sunbutter from Western Australia.

4.Organic Surf Wax: Super sticky and friendly for the fishies, I am loving Tree Huggers surf wax at the moment.

5.Thongs or Flip Flops: Essential to avoid the endless unknows on many of the rugged roads you will find your self on. Check out Reefs amazing biodegradable & ocean-friendly Escape Thongs.

6.Diary & Bamboo Pen: These memories will last forever, though there is nothing more special than writing down those inspired and island fuelled thoughts and ideas, I mean Akua was born on a surf trip. Grab an earth-friendly bamboo pen from many places,  for example, Buy Eco Green

7.Re-useable Water Bottle & Coffee Cup: This is the number one must have to avoid the ever-looming issue of non-drinkable tap water at many of our key surf locations. Ask if your hostel has a filtered water cooler available for guests, if not purchase the biggest tub of water available and keep it in your hostel to refill your drink bottle. My favorite is from Earth Bottles !!

8.Snorkel Mask: A handy thing to have, you never know what amazing marine life might be around.

9.Camera: Always carry some sort of camera, capturing foreign cultures and people is truly special.

10.Coconut Oil: Wonderful, could not live without it!  Coconut oil is your solution to the endless salt and sun your hail will endure, plus a great alternative to using those mini plastic shampoos and conditioner. It works just as well, just rinse your hair in fresh water and lather it in coconut oil at the end of every day. I like to buy mine in bulk and put in recycled glass jars for travel.

11.Stainless Steel Straw: Say no to straws! Third world countries love putting straws in everything, from juices to coconuts. Just ask them politely not to give you a straw and whip out this bad boy. Shop online at Earth Bottles.

12.Re-useable Bag: Always handy to carry a small and large reusable bag of some kind, and to say no to any plastic bags you are offered. Luckily when you shop Akua you get a free Surf for the Sea bag for all your body and surf essentials.. yewww.

13.Sun Hat: Keep things sun smart with a hat you can count on. My go to at the moment is the full brim hat from Blak headwear. Always stays on in the wind, drawstring, environmentally conscious brand and super funky!

14.Bamboo Toothbrush: Keep things plastic free with an awesome, eco-friendly toothbrush for your travels. Shop at Go Bamboo

15.Passport: Don’t forget that one!

16.Cards: This will be your lifesaver. Many of places you end up maybe strongly religious and not serve alcohol or maybe no tv. Cards are small, great for making friends and pass the time with a laugh!

HAPPY SURFING GIRLS! and go grab your self that perfect Akua Surfergirl bikini & use your special FREE SHIPPING CODE  

#akuaoceanwear to share your next epic adventure!

XX Zoe Strapp

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