We all know that salt water is rather corrosive. We routinely rinse our wetsuits, hair, nether regions, etc. with fresh water after each "sesh". Should this practice be extended to other items that become involved in this favorite pastime?
I'm thinking specifically about my rust-free car. Board goes in salt water, board goes on roof rack, salt water goes on roof. Should I be nervous about salt water drops drying on my car's roof without being washed for days/weeks?
What else am I missing? Are my $18 flip flops going to last only 5 years instead of the standard 6 because of excessive salt exposure?
Guaranteed one of the first five posts will include someone telling me to store the board in a bag. Yeah fine, great idea, well done. This doesn't answer my question.
Now, to guarantee plenty of activity on this thread I'd like to call out EmassSpicoli for spending far too much time on SI.
As long as your paint doesn't have any chips that go to bare metal it shouldn't hurt the paint any more than what everyday grime would do. Where the problem will arise is along the door and windshield seals. Salt water that seeps in that area will evaporate and and begin to build up in an area where it is not easy to remove. Fast forward a few years and then you may have a problem.
Last edited by goosemagoo; Aug 1, 2013 at 03:01 PM.
Guess I gotta rinse the ride post-sesh. As a life-long skier, one of the things that's so great about surfing is it doesn't have to be an event to get out. With skiing it's always a production therefore making the quick 1-2hr session a no-go every time. I'm trying like hell to keep surfing super simple...put on wetsuit, go to beach, surf.
That said, I find it WAY easier to put my wetsuit on at home, and take it off at home. Just sit on a towel when driving. This reduces of the chances of exposing yourself to one of the many rude families on vacation from Quebec. Plus, stopping for coffee with a wetsuit on makes you look really really cool.
That's my gift to all of you...try it. Any other tips for surfing simplicity will be much appreciated.