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Surf Trip Gear Drying Tips

Surf Trip Gear Drying Tips

Planning a surf trip soon? Here’s a few surf trip wetsuit drying tips for camping or staying in a cabin or hotel.

Surf Trip Wetsuit Drying Tips for Hotels / Cabins (or rentals)
  • Ever try to hang your wet wetsuit on the hotel or cabin shower rod? Usually it drips on the floor. Instead, bring your own telescoping towel rod to hang over the shower or tub. Dry inside of suit first.
  • I’ve never used one, but some like wetsuit drying hangers.
  • Get a DryGuy ski boot drying heater. This unit blows hot air and can dry thick boots and gloves within an hour. The fan is fairly quiet and can be placed outside just in case. Some of their products are collapsable if you’re tight on packing space.
  • If you want to wash your paddling clothing, I use Dawn for neoprene. Gear Aid makes a wetsuit shampoo that some swear by.
  • Get Henjiu Shower Curtain Clips to dry gloves, hoods and additional items from your personal shower rod. These are heavy duty clips that can grab the corner of your 7mm bootie and not break.
  • Multi-clip Shower Hanging Racks like this one are also useful if you have a lot of gloves, booties and hoods to dry. Get one with strong gripping clips.
  • If your hotel or cabin lacks a heater in the bathroom, bring your own such as this one. Make sure to watch that it doesn’t get too hot and/or brings the room temperature too high.
  • If your lodging has a deck with a railing, bring a car rack strap or rope to hang your wet gear from.
  • For surfboard, sup or kayak security, bring a cable lock system to secure your gear to the deck railing. Docks Locks are a good solution to attach to a leash plug. They also have a solid paddle lock. The cable can also be threaded through your wetsuit if needed.
Additional Hotel / Cabin Tips
  • Keep air flowing to avoid leaving a heavy neoprene and/or mildew-ish smell after you leave. Keep an eye out on your heaters and room temps to not trigger a sprinkler. Consider using an air refresher when done.
  • Get a quick drying suit like the Ripcurl Flashbomb 5/4mm and 4/3mm. I use the 5/4mm for Washington coast surfing most of the year.
Surf Trip Wetsuit Drying Tips for Camping

Camping on a surf trip is always epic, until you gotta pull on that frosty wetsuit for that dawn patrol session. Here’s a few tips to improve that experience.

  • Bring a long (13’+) car rack strap(s) or rope to hang gear for drying.
  • Suspend a tarp over your clothes line to keep out additional rain or moisture.
  • If you want to wash your paddling clothing, I use Dawn for neoprene. Gear Aid makes a wetsuit shampoo that some swear by.
  • For drying wetsuits, clean or rinse it first with fresh water. It’ll dry quicker salt free. Then turn it inside out and use a hanger so the suit dries evenly. Some may suggest keeping it out of the sun. While this lengthens the life of the suit, your drying time will be much slower, if at all. Squeeze water out that collects in the legs and arms.
  • Get Henjiu Shower Curtain Clips to dry gloves, hoods and additional items from your clothes line. These are heavy duty clips that can grab the corner of your 7mm bootie and not break.
  • Multi-clip Shower Hanging Racks like this one are also useful if you have a lot of gloves, booties and hoods to dry. Get one with strong gripping clips.
  • For drying surf booties, check out this easy to make DIY set-up. Some like to surf a quick dry rag or newspaper in their booties.
  • For surfboard, sup or kayak security, bring a cable lock system to secure your gear to your car or a tree. Docks Locks are a good solution to attach to a leash plug. They also have a solid paddle lock. The cable can also be threaded through your wetsuit if needed.
Additional Tips:
  • Get a quick drying suit like the Ripcurl Flashbomb 5/4mm and 4/3mm. I use the 5/4mm for Washington coast surfing most of the year.
  • #vanlife tips for using a portable heater to dry your gear.
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