Surf Safe and Plan
1. Always get insurance.
Nothing worse than planning for years and eventually travelling to some exotic wave frenzied destination with some good mates only to eat it on your first session in a remote place.
Not only are you in pain and suffering but if not properly insured you can be a huge drain on your mates if they have to carry your sorry butt out of the jungle and travel with you to the nearest medical facility and then get nailed with some hefty medical bills.
2. Take your own Lock & Key
From securing your surfboard bag in transit to your bungalow in the surf camp.
I have discovered 2 or 3 small padlocks (Between 25-40mm body and 6mm shackle thickness) and a Euro cylinder keyed alike will do the trick for most doors in South East Asia.
Installing the Euro Cylinder is quite a simple task, all you need is a screw driver to unscrew the screw holding the Euro cylinder in the lock, you may need the key if the cam is offset and turn it so the cam is flush with the lock body. Slide the old cylinder out of the lock and slide the new one in and your on a winner.
Ask your local Locksmith for a quote.
3. Pay a bit more for a Security Key & Cylinders.
Tricky thieves can be good at “picking” or “bumping” simple locks and entering into your dwelling unnoticed but if you up the anti to Bump Proof and Pick resistant cylinders you are one step ahead. You can enjoy your surf that much more knowing your gear is safe and secure.
4. What to do If no Safe in the camp.
On a recent surf trip to Sumatra the Bungalows we were staying in had no safe, so what do you do with your passports and travel documents….hide them under the mattress/pillow??
I did the next best thing and locked our valuables inside our board bag inside our room, the room was locked and our documents were locked secure inside an inside pocket of the Board bag that was under my bed.
I have since discovered the handy security addition called a Go-Locker that has a cable that can lock around a fixed object, this would be ideal to store your cash passport and other valuables
5. Leave the key on you.
Have your key on you and when in the water. A good spot for your key is on your leg rope or looped in your boardies or wetsuit pocket.
6. Back up plan.
Have a mate with the second key.
Have a copy of your passport to use as ID while your real passport is locked away.
Have a itinerary sent to your closest family and friends so they know your movements and can track your whereabouts.
Freely enjoy the dream of a lifetime, surfing perfect waves with some of your closest MATES hooting as you emerge from misty barrels.