5 Reasons to Surf Through the Winter

Posted in California, Jack's Surfboards on February 22nd, 2013

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We love to surf as much as humanly possible, but winter conditions and water temps can make a surfer think twice about stripping down to pull on that wetsuit and jump in the ocean. The sky is darker, the winds are stronger and the water temps hover in the 50’s- not exactly your ideal day at the beach, but there are benefits to pumping yourself up and paddling out. Next time you think you’d rather enjoy your coffee and other creature comforts than go surf, consider these five reasons to get suited and catch some winter waves.

1. Cold water temps actually help boot your immune system, and train your immune system to have better reaction time for when you need to fight the flu.

2. The waves are better and the lineups are less crowded. Northwest swells coming down from Alaska hit the west coast during the fall and wintertime for bigger waves. Colder water also keeps the faint of heart away and deters tourists from renting their soft tops and giving it a go.

3. Cold water can improve your mood (no, really) it releases endorphins which will have you feeling good while you’re in the water and give you that relaxed mood post-session. (It’s also proven to enhance your libido!)
4. Surfing in colder water improves your fitness, burning twice as many calories as paddling in comfortably warm water temps would.

5. You won’t find yourself in that irritable I-haven’t-surfed-in-a-while mood all winter, which your friends, family and significant other will thank you for.

Keep Your Skin Safe with Surf Sunscreen

Posted in California, Jack's Surfboards on February 13th, 2013

Sun Bum Sun Screen

Sun Bum SPF30 Sunscreen Face Stick

Winter might seem like a strange time to talk about sunscreen, but if you’ve ever gotten a wetsuit tan in January you know

Zinka Colored Nosecoat Sun Block

Zinka Colored Sun Block

that the sun means business year-round—and it’s sneakier in the winter, because most of us don’t think to apply sunscreen after we pull on a wetsuit hood. We here at Jack’s have your skin covered, though, with some surf-specific sunscreens.

Standard waterproof sunscreens don’t always cut it for surfing, for a couple of reasons. First, even water-proof sunscreens tend to wear off after an hour or two in the water. Second—and even more annoying—is that applying normal liquid sunscreen leaves your hands slippery, and it’s a terrible feeling to be duckdiving the first wave of a big set and have your board slip out from under you.

That’s why a lot of surfers use stick-style sun screen, like Sun Bum SPF30 Sunscreen Face Stick. It’s high-quality sunscreen that will last an entire session, and you don’t have to get it all over your hands while you apply it. Plus, the stick limits spills and prevents messes (just make sure to keep it out of direct heat).

Zinc oxide is also another great bet for surfers. We carry Sun Bum SPF 50 Zinc Oxide along with Zinca Colored

Nosecoat Sun Block. The Zinca block works great to cover your nose, and the Sun Bum will give your whole face great protection from the sun no matter the time of year.