So I am once again moving from the NE coast to FL. I know how to prevent rashes while in a wetsuit.. (I carry dedicated big Chapstick for my trouble spots before putting on my wetsuit.). But I find when surfing in just board shorts I always get the inside of my legs, my armpits, inside of knees, and of course my chest rubbed raw. I know this thread has come up but I couldn't find it in recent search. Let me know your solutions!
Personally, I never had problems with me leg area, but I did used to get some stomach rash. This year I have been wearing a rash guard every session. At first, it feels weird, but now I can't even tell I have it on. No worrying about rash. I stay on the board better while paddling (sun block is so greasy). The biggest plus is never having to worry about frying my back in the sun. I am very happy that I don't need to worry about sunblock on the back, chest, or stomach. The only con is the farmers tan, but that can be easily resolved with some limited sun bathing time on the beach.
Inexpensive nylon, running shirt from Target - sleeveless or short sleeve. Snug fitting is best.
Board shorts from TJ Max. Sometimes I'll wear compression shorts underneath. Try not to wax the rails where inside of your legs are positioned when seated on the board, as wax pulls the hair.
Or shave chest and legs. Don't really recommend that. In my days, real men would never do such a thing!
Don't forget sunblock on sun exposed areas. I use the Banana Boat for kids. Has Zinc oxide. Back of my neck can really get it, so sometimes I'll tie a bandana around by neck. May look odd or "gay", but I don't care.
If end up with farmer's tan and don't like it, just do some yard work outside on a sunny day with your shirt off.
After the job's done, sit outside and have a beer.
TriSlide works pretty well (locate it on triathlon websites).
BodyGlide works really well esp for that inside leg chafe thing but it's an expensive product.
Rash guard & compression shorts as mentioned by DP-SUP.
And unequivocally what Carter rec'd if waynetheinsaaaane is hovering nearby. (classic post Carter)
When I awoke from my 30 year Rip Van Winkle sleep and started surfin again, this was one of the things that puzzled me? WTF is this "rash guard?" Maybe I was too bonged out back then and just don't remember, but I don't ever remember anybody getting rashes. I really don't. Did something change? Maybe it's our board wax? I don't know. Still don't get rashes, but there sure seems to be a market for "rash guards" now. I'm not tryin to be funny, or anything. This is just one of things that has me scratchin my head, I guess.
Shhhhhh we don't have to let all the thoughts leak right through your fingers out onto the keyboard.