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Shopping For Cheap Wetsuits and Surf Gear At Beach Side Shops

Friday, November 12th, 2010

In most coastal towns, there are a number of shops strategically located near the ocean that supply locals with all the gear they need to surf. The great deals on cheap wetsuits that these stores can provide are often a well kept secret among locals, and one that visitors would do well to learn. Whether you are on the beaches of California or Australia, the proprietors of these shops are a great source of information about the local waters, references to local surf instructors, and bargain pricing on all the suits and accessories that you will need to hit the water looking like a pro.

Many times, the staff at these stores are local residents who are avid surfers themselves. Both serious and casual surfers will find them to be fonts of information on tide times, finding less crowded beaches and tips on when it is best to surf which beaches. This information will go much farther than anything a visitor can hope to glean from a guidebook, and will help them make the best of the time they have in a new locale.

Not only can they help with details of the location, they can also help new surfers find the equipment that is best suited to their needs. Though wetsuit shopping is not complication, those who are doing this for the first time can have trouble determining their size and understanding how to care for these garments. Take advantage of the staff’s knowledge and ensure that you find the right fit and learn how to extend the life of your suit with proper care.

These stores are also a great place to get surfboards. Oftentimes, they will offer a selection of used surfboards for sale. Buying used is a great way to get more value for your money on this expensive, but crucial item.

Beach side stores not only add to the ambiance of a local beach, they can be a great place to learn more about the area and stock up on everything you will need for your trip.

Choose A Great Snorkel Set For Better Dives

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

If you had to think of the most common and universal accessory for diving and snorkeling, the snorkel set would probably be your first thought.  This popular combination of water sports accessories can consist of two different things.  Some snorkel sets consist of a dive mask, swim fins, and snorkel, while other snorkel sets are comprised of only a mask and snorkel.

The individual components of a typical snorkel set are very simple, which is why the set itself is usually very affordable.  The snorkel has been around for a long time and is really nothing more than a 16″ breathing tube.  Some companies that make snorkels have tried to jazz up this basic tube by adding a sump to let any water that might have built up in the tube drain.

Another simple component of the snorkel set is the dive mask.  Some dive masks come with a special coating on the optics to prevent glare while others are clear.  There are two basic dive mask configurations.  In the first configuration, the optic is one large piece.  In the second configuration, the optics are two separate pieces, similar to glasses.  Which configuration you decide to go with is ultimately up to you and is a personal choice.  There are no right or wrong choices when it comes to selecting your dive mask.

The last component of the snorkel set is the swim fins.  Remember, not all snorkel sets have swim fins and they are occasionally purchased separately.  The main difference in swim fin designs are that some of these are designed to be very rigid while others are designed to be flexible.  Just like dive masks, which one you go with is totally up to you.

Definitely take the time to shop around before purchasing a snorkel set.  When it comes to scuba diving, get the best gear you can and it will last for many years.

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