There are big-ticket gear items that are essential to surfing. The board, fins, a wetsuit. And then there are the not-really-essential-but-totally-awesome items that fix a common problem in surfing or just make your life easier like a surf poncho, or a changing mat. Like I said – not essential, but totally awesome, and guaranteed to make your surfing life better. Especially if you own a wetsuit.
Why Do I Need A Changing Mat?
The problem is twofold. First of all, changing out of a wet wetsuit without touching the ground is patently impossible, and stepping all over the ground and your suit as you try to free your legs from their clammy entrapment is not good for the longevity of your suit. And second, once removed, your wetsuit presents a yucky wet package that needs to be dealt with before the drive home.