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  With fall comes cooler weather. With cooler weather comes cooler ocean water for us surfers. On the west coast, they’re used to cold water since they have cold water current (California Current). However, it’s typically a bit of a shock for us on the East Coast who enjoy the warm water current (Gulf Stream) when the water goes from a warm 80+ degree bath to a brisk 70 degrees and even below 50 during the dead of winter. More consistent and powerful surf always keeps surfers in the water during the frigid fall and winter months, so a wetsuit is a necessity if you don’t want to catch hypothermia. Here are some of the most common styles to choose from: Spring suit: This wetsuit is generally best suited for the beginning of fall and the middle of spring (where it gets its name). They typically have short sleeves on your arms and legs so you’re not burning up when the water is first starting to cool off or starting to warm up. I use a spring suit when it’s in the mid 60’s-mid 70’s. When it gets above the mid 70’s, it’s time for just plain ole’ board shorts....
  A couple weeks ago, I went on an annual all-guys surf trip with my dad, brother, and some of our buddies. We go surfing somewhere in Central America every summer, and this year we went back to El Salvador.   We’ve never really had any real problems – I’m not sure if it was dumb luck or us being smart. However, on this trip we had our first “problem”, you could say. We flew into San Salvador and went to our first stop. When we got there, we were told we wouldn’t be able to get room keys until the next day due to a “rowdy” group that was there before us. Well, we were all stoked to be there surfing the pristine waves, so we didn’t think much of it. We were so engulfed with surfing that it didn’t dawn on us to ask again for keys. A few days into the trip, we were the victims of theft. We came back from surfing and found that we collectively were missing $500! We were pretty upset and decided to start taking some extra security precautions for the rest of the trip. I did some research, and it’s pretty...
Every year, I’m fortunate enough to go on a weeklong surf trip with just a bunch of dudes. And this year’s no different. We’ve been to Costa Rica once, Nicaragua twice, and we’re going to El Salvador this year for a second time. When we started doing these trips in 2010, I thought it was tough to pack for a weeklong surf trip because we try to reduce our cost by not checking any bags and only bringing a duffle bag and backpack full of clothes and personal items. After a few trips, I realized that there were only a few things that I needed and couldn’t live without. T-shirts: typically about 3 or 4 are all that’s necessary. Tank tops: Everyone in Central America wears them like a t-shirt so might as well fit in. Plus it helps reduce space in your bags. I usually bring about 2 or 3. Shorts: About 3 or 4 pairs are all you need. Swimsuits: You only need about 2 or 3 pairs and you can use the clean ones as shorts to make sure you have a clean pair of shorts to go home in. Hammock: There are plenty of places to...

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