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As surfers, we spend countless hours riding waves. We all know the feeling of having the time of our lives in the water, only to find out afterward that we got completely toasted on our surf session. None of us desire the discomfort of a sunburn or the health risks associated with prolonged sun exposure. So, how can we best shield ourselves from the sun's harmful rays?

Sun-Savvy Strategies

Even on cloudy days or outside tropical climates, the water's reflective surface amplifies UV radiation, increasing the risk of sunburn. The easiest way to combat this? Proper sun protection. For surfers, employing an SPF 50+ sunscreen is crucial, with zinc recommended for particularly sensitive areas like the face. Mineral sunscreens containing zinc oxide and made with reef-friendly ingredients provide protection by reflection. Pro tip: apply sunscreen at least 20 minutes before hitting the waves to allow it to absorb fully and resist immediate wash-off.

UPF 50+: The Surfer's Secret Weapon

Ever seen surf suits boasting UPF 50+ and wondered what it means? UPF, or Ultraviolet Protection Factor, is a rating system used to measure the effectiveness of fabrics in blocking out UV radiation from the sun. Similar to SPF for sunscreens, UPF indicates how much UV radiation can penetrate the fabric and reach the skin.

How are they different from regular swimsuits?

Regular swimsuits typically lack UPF, which means they won’t completely prevent sun exposure, especially in the long run. Without UPF protection, regular swimsuits offer minimal defense from being exposed to harmful UV radiation.

Benefits of UPF 50+ surf suits

With UPF 50+ swimsuits, your skin is fully protected from UV radiation during your surf sessions, ensuring that you can enjoy catching the waves as long as you want to the fullest. Crafted from high-tech fabrics with advanced sun-blocking technology, these suits are your ticket to surfing without a worry in the world.

Comfort and Performance

But it's not just about sun protection – UPF 50+ surf suits also prioritize comfort and flexibility. The lightweight and breathable materials give you the ultimate comfort, while minimizing the risk of chafing and irritation from saltwater and sand.

Sustainability and Environmental Considerations

Let's not forget our responsibility to the environment. Traditional sunscreen can harm marine ecosystems, but using a UPF surf suit minimizes your need for sunscreen. So let's ride those waves responsibly, because as surfers, we're not just riders of waves—we're guardians of our oceans.


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