What did Robert Pattinson, Justin Timberlake, and Cameron Diaz all do last summer? Well, these Hollywood A-listers—and many others—all hit the beach to chase waves.
If you don’t pocket million-dollar checks though, you know that surfing can be a pretty expensive hobby. To begin with, basic surfboards can cost hundreds of dollars, and then there’s hundreds more on accessories like rash guards and fins. If you want to experience Tamarindo surfing without making your bank account wince, heed these tips.
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Rent a Surfboard
While it’s nice to have your own surfboard, renting one is sometimes the most practical option. This is especially true for those who are new to the sport, or kids who will quickly outgrow their current ones. Renting also removes the hassle and expense of traveling with a surfboard in tow. Fortunately, a local Tamarindo surf shop like Neptuno offers board rentals for surfers on a tight budget.
Splurge on the Leash
There’s a time to scrimp and a time to splurge, but when it comes to your surf leash, always pay good money. Remember, the leash is the only thing connecting you to the board; if you buy a cheap one and it breaks, you might lose your board to the ocean, thus necessitating replacement. So go ahead and splurge, you’ll thank yourself later.
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If you plan to go to a surfing mecca like Costa Rica, that’s another expense travelling by plane. As Surfer Mag notes, however, air travel doesn’t always have to be expensive:
Use low-cost carriers: Budget airlines can save you a surprising amount of money—especially on regional travel. Australia’s Tiger Airlines is often cheaper than taking a bus, and Air Asia has occasional fare specials that are downright ridiculous (I once flew round trip from Singapore to India for $70 plus taxes—an $800 ticket for less than $75!). Most budget airlines will not show up on an Expedia.com search, so you’ll have to go directly to their websites. Another great tool is www.independenttraveler.com, which has a page dedicated to all of the fare sales currently available on most major airlines.
For those with frequent flier miles, don’t be shy about cashing them in for your surfing trip as well. The only thing better than cheap airfare is free airfare.
(Article Information and Image from Travel on a Budget, SurferMag.com, July 10, 2013)[/one half]