As the summer slop gives way to autumn swell, thoughts in the North Atlantic are now turning to a therapeutic road trip to wash away those zero surf blues. Mentally, you’re ticking off a checklist in anticipation of being well-bloodied as you kick off another surf year: When? Where? With whom? All equally important boxes to be ticked.
Then there’s the essentials: board(s), at least two wetsuits, 3mm boots, plenty of wax, car, insurance, and a GoPro if you’re lucky enough to have one. Darn it, don’t forget the kitchen sink while you’re at it! In all the excitement, it’s more than possible that you’ll have forgotten one thing, which has the potential to turn this much-needed jaunt into the surf trip of a lifetime: music. But not just any music. Music that will provide a soundtrack to your travels and caters for the surfing highs and lows, the pumping surprise, the flat disappointment, elation, frustration, and inevitable boredom. These are some tunes that will soothe your soul and warm your cockles. On a practical level, of course, it might also fill those awkward gaps in conversation in the van with your travel companions while also confirming your new-found bonafides as a musical aficionado.