Before your Trip

Here are some of the most typical questions people have while researching potential surf trip destinations.

How do I get to my destination?

Most higher end surf trips operate on a set schedule and will require you to arrive and depart at specific times. The majority of surf trips operate on an open schedule allowing you to choose when you want to check-in and check-out, these are open reservations. Once you factor in different time zones it can definitely be a challenge to find the best schedule to fit your needs and budget.

A general rule of thumb is to confirm that your flight itinerary will work with the trip you intend to book before you purchase your flight(s) and travel insurance.

How many days will I spend on a typical surf trip?

Most surf trips range average anywhere from 3 to 12 days. Each individual trip will normally specify the amount of days for their expedition on a set schedule or alternatively the minimum amount of days if they offer a flexible schedule.

What do you suggest I pack for my trip?

The best advice when packing for a surf trip is to pack as lightly as possible but still bring everything you need to make the trip comfortable! Please visit our “Essentials” page; it provides an extremely helpful check-list for warm water and cold water climates.

What kind and how many boards should I take?

The right surfboards can make or break your trip! We suggest you monitor the surf forecast for your destination and plan what boards you are going to take according to the waves expected during your stay. The types and kinds of boards you ride are obviously a personal preference but we find that the most effective and experienced surf travelers bring 2 – 4 surfboards wherever they go, carry along multiple sets of fins, always have brand new leashes on them, the right wax, and little details like extra fin keys, fin screws, a resin repair kit; and carry everything in a modern, lightweight board-bag equipped with a set of surfboard tie-downs. A lot of other items can be purchased at your destination but surfboards you like and want to use on your trip are irreplaceable, take care of them!

Of course another factor in the decision making process is to utilize airline carriers that are surfboard friendly whenever possible. If surfboards are free on one carrier do you best to maximize the number of boards you decide to take based on the weight limit. If surfboards are charged extra on another carrier and budget is an issue take the time to choose a little more wisely and don’t try to stuff that extra board into your bag if you don’t absolutely need it.

Most airlines will allow you to bring a boardbag up to 50lbs, or about 23 kilograms.

What types of services and amenities are available on these trips?

Each individual destination will specify the entire list of features you can expect during your stay. If you have any specific questions about what to expect please feel free to visit the destination’s webpage for detailed contact information. We are always open to help answer any questions as well.

What type of health precautions should I take?

  • Most travelers usually update their tetanus and hepatitis shots before traveling to any remote region of the world. This is less important in 1st world environments with better access to quality health care.
  • If you take a prescription medication make sure you bring the necessary paperwork that goes with it in case of an emergency.
  • If you are on a surf charter boat and are prone to seasickness please bring something to counteract its effects such as dramamine or bonine.
  • For more information about a specific destination please consult your doctor.

Do I need travel insurance?

In most cases, yes. Travel Insurance is an important hedge against the unexpected and mandatory at some destinations for your personal safety. A decent travel insurance package will provide coverage for the following: trip cancellation and interruption, baggage delay, baggage coverage, travel delay, emergency medical and dental, emergency, medical transport and evacuation, and travel accident insurance.

What documents do I need to take?

You will need a valid passport with at least six months of validity left and one other form of identification to travel to most destinations around the world. In some cases, depending on where you are from you might need a VISA in advance of the trip as well. Your passport should also have at least one page that is completely open, if not more to be safe.

How long can I stay in a particular destination?

Each country will have a specific time limit you can spend on a tourist basis. Most surf trips are short by nature but if you plan on extending your time in one particular destination please plan ahead and consult the appropriate authorities on what the rules and limitations might be for that country.

How much money do I need to take?

At a lot of destinations once you get to the resort or on a boat all you have to focus on is getting as many good waves as possible. The trip is paid for and any extra purchases can normally be made via debit or credit card.

Most surfers bring extra money for the following reasons:

  • Traveling Money
  • Souvenir money
  • Money for tipping the staff (resort and boats)
  • Dining and Drinks
  • Money for Extras

Is there a photographer or videographer available for my trip?

Most destinations have partnerships and referrals for surf guides, surf coaches, photographer, videographers, and trip hosts to help make your expedition the best experience it can possibly be. Most surf resort and boats offer a photo and video service as an add-on experience.

What is the voltage like at these destinations?

Rule number one, be very careful before you plug anything in to an outlet in a foreign country! A lot of international voltages are 220V and will fry equipment and items better suited for 110V. The destination pages and individual websites should specify what voltage and adaptors you might need at a particular location. Please feel free to contact the individual resort or boat for further clarification.

Can I be contacted while I’m at these destinations?

Most people prefer to bring their own computers or smart phones to stay in touch with the real world in between surf sessions. The vast majority of places today feature a decent internet connection strong enough for internet based phone calls. Most of the time you can also get a 3G phone signal, even in areas that seem quite remote. How you decide to stay connected is up to you but please remember to alert your carrier before you leave and set up an international plan for your phone, not all carriers will work abroad automatically.

Can you give me an idea of how many other people I’ll be surfing with?

This question really depends on where you you go and what types of waves you want to surf. At most locations it is possible to get away from the main spots and surf in solitude – everything really depends on the conditions. A good way to escape the bulk of the crowds is to consider a trip in the “off season” for some destinations.

Our favorite mantra is “there are no shortcuts to any place worth going”. Our parent company, World Wave Expeditions, does our best to give people the best experiences of their lives on all of our expeditions and to find waves that allow you to catch them instead of watching other people catch them.

Can I celebrate a special occasion at the destination?

Hopefully with enough advanced notice you can coordinate your special event with the appropriate people and they will accommodate your requests.

What happens if my flight is delayed or my boards don’t make it?

Fortunately, there are less and less problems with boards but disaster can still strike on any flight. In the rare instance that your boards do not make it and you are on a specific expedition the resort or boat will likely still send the trip out on schedule and make arrangements to get your boards to you.

Who do I contact in case of emergency?

This answer depends heavily on where you are at but in general the resorts or boats will let you know who their best point of contact will be.