Are you just getting into watersports but not sure where to start and which equipment you really need? We have compiled a list of must-have items for watersports in Ireland to help you get started, independent of the sport you are getting into. Here are our top 10 picks to make your time on the water a success.
O’Neill Epic 5mm/4mm Wetsuit
A 5/4 winter wetsuit will cover you for pretty much any watersport in Ireland unless you are looking to get into open water swimming (it’s too thick) or snorkelling/diving (it’s too thin).
If you have your eyes set on surfing, paddleboarding, kayaking, kitesurfing, windsurfing, wakeboarding, sailing or even coasteering and you want to invest into one wetsuit for all year round – a 5/4 is what you need.
O’Neill Epic 5mm Boots
Protect your feet and keep them warm no matter where your adventures take you with a pair of neoprene boots! Make sure you get ones with good enough soles (but not too rigid). If you are looking for something to keep you warm when out swimming, look for neoprene socks instead of boots to keep the flexibility in your feet.
O’Neill Epic 3mm Neoprene Gloves
There will be a time (especially coming into the winter) when gloves will come in really handy and will make your time on the water longer and more enjoyable. The thickness will depend on what it is that you’re doing and we’re happy to give you advice on that when you come in or drop us an email.
Amphibia Phone Waterproof Dry Pouch
This is a no brainer – when out and about you need to have at least one phone with you whether you are on your own or with a group for safety reasons alone. If you are new to watersports, our general recommendation would be not go out alone in conditions you don’t know or places you haven’t been before and gain confidence in your chosen sport first. Even if you are an old hand at it though – if you’re in trouble you will want to be able to call for help. The Amphibia Dry Pouch is 100% waterproof and you will be able to use the phone while in the bag. So it’s great for taking pictures too!
Northcore Beach Basha Changing Robe
€40.00 (Kids €32.00)
When these came onto the market first they were an absolute game changer. Gone are the days of the awkward one-handed attempts to dry and change under cover of your towel – with one of these you are sorted, dry off with your modesty in tact. Perfect for the beach, pool or anywhere else on the road you might be.
Typhoon Yalu Buoyancy Aid
€45.00 (Kids €35.00)
Another one for your safety and peace of mind. A buoyancy aid will keep you afloat should you get in trouble and we would recommend wearing one anytime (except for surfing). In some sports like windsurfing, kitesurfing and wakeboarding you might choose an impact vest over a buoyancy aid once you are confident on the water. We also sell specific buoyancy aids with a higher cut that would be more suitable for wind sports like sailing, wind- and kitesurfing as they allow for a harness.
O’Neill Basic Skins Short Sleeve Rash Vest
If you are wearing your wetsuit for a long time and have sensitive skin, a rash vest/UV protection top would be a great item to have (or if you are planning to get into watersports in a warmer climate – then a rash vest might be the choice over wearing a wetsuit)
Overboard 5L Dry Tube Bag
A dry bag is not just a great way to get your gear to and from the spot without soaking everything in your boot/backpack, they also come in handy if you ever go on a trip on your paddleboard/kayak and want to take a few bits and bobs with you.
Amphibia Changing Dry Mat
The best spots are often off the beaten path, but even if not with a dry mat to stand on when you’re changing in and out of your wetsuit you’ll cut out dirty feet just before you’re getting back into the car.
Klean Kanteen Reusable Water & Drinks Bottle
Your reusable water bottle is the perfect accessory for your trip to the beach to stay hydrated! Klean Kanteen have single wall ones for cold drinks or insulated thermal bottles so you can enjoy a hot cuppa after your session. No need to stop at the petrol station en route to your favourite surf spot to buy single use plastic bottles so you’ll do a little bit for the environment at the same time.