Prevent Rash With Surfing Rash Guards
I took a surf trip to Santa Teresa Costa Rica last March for 10 days. The waves were perfect with warm water, offshore breezes, and a-framing overhead beachbreak. With my pale "gringo" skin in the strong equatorial sun for hours each day, my surf rash guard was critical in protecting my skin against terrible sun burns and rash. The wind, saltwater, sand, and sun could not damage my skin thanks to my durable surfing rash guards that I packed for the adventure.
Surfing rashguards are awesome because they look cool, are lightweight, and protect my skin without any hassles. Rashguards come in short sleeve, long sleeve, or sleeveless cuts allowing me to choose the style depending on weather conditions and temperatures. I simply feel confident and comfortable wearing a surf shirt while on my surfboard. Better yet, surfing rashguards are no different than sports rash guards which means I can also use these athletic spf shirts for running or working out at the gym. Some different types of surf shirts that all basically do the same thing include:
- rash guard swim shirts
- sports rashguards
- wetsuit rashguards
- SPF rash guards for surfing
As a surfer I love these shirts beacuase I don't have to worry if I missed a spot applying sunscreen on my back. I know my upper body is good to go all day long which puts my mind at ease and allows me to focus on catching waves. I also don't slip off my surf board, get raspberries on my chest or chaffed nipples. A surf rashguard protects my skin from getting irritated by the salt water and contact friction from my board.
In Costa Rica I wore a long sleeve surf rash guard with my board shorts for maximum coverage. About 30 minutes before hitting the water I smothered my face, neck, ears, legs, hands, and feet with SPF 50+ sunscreen. I also made sure to put sunscreen on my lower back and upper buttox area as my boardshorts tend to sag a little, which can lead to an exposed area. This strategy worked great and allowed me to surf all day. I just made sure to reapply the sunscreen every 90 minutes or so. My rash guard surf shirt was able to prevent rash and sun burn.
After each session I would rinse the surf rash guard with fresh water and hang dry it on the lanai at the house I was staying at. It's always a good idea to rinse your surf shirt with water and let it dry so you don't get stuck with a mildew scented wet rash guard the next time you surf.
I also brought a few different colored spf surf rash guards with me, including a couple cap slevee rash guards. Oh, and by the way, these surfing shirts also work awesome when you are scuba diving, snorkeling, or swimming.
If you ever get the chance, I highly recommend traveling to Santa Teresa at the tip of the Nicoya Peninsula in Costa Rica. You will find incredible surf and scenery all in a very non-tourist, bohemian setting. When you go to Santa Teresa don't forget to pack sunscreen and surfing rash guard shirts!