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Gifts for surfers

Gifts for Surfers: Ideas for in and out of the Water

The best gifts for surfers are those that are as useful and needed as they are desirable. There’s the practical: a changing mat that doubles as a waterproof wetsuit bag. There’s the necessary: all natural zinc sunscreen that is as kind to the ocean as it is the skin. And there’s the fun stuff: a gorgeous vintage bamboo longboard to cruise to the beach on.

Whether you want to buy a gift for someone to keep them occupied on days when the surf sucks, or to protect them when the surf is pumping, our list of gifts for surfers is sure to have something suitable for the surfer in your life.

12 gifts for surfers

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Surf Maps World Map

Surf Maps World Map

What better way to spark up the surfing spirit of adventure in your household that with a map full of the world’s best surf spots? It’s overflowing with illustrations, and features all the main surf breaks right across the world. There’s even cool little symbols that indicate the best time of year to surf and what sort of break it is. It’s even printed on silk coated, acid-free paper that you can write on with a whiteboard marker. THE best surf adventure planner ever!

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SurfEars 2.0 Surf Ear Plug

SurfEars 2.0 Surf Ear Plug

There’s nothing worse than the bitter wind tunneling into your already wet and cold ears. It’s not just uncomfortable, it can also lead to ear-drum problems. Plug those ears up, however, and you’ll keep your hearing nicely intact for years of cold weather surfing. Upgraded from the previous version, SurfEars Ear Plugs now come with a silicon leash to stop you from losing them. Plus there are different bud sizes for a customised fit and an enlarged sound canal area for better hearing. One of the best gifts for surfers who are sensitive to the cold.

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Surfboard Sock Cover

Surfboard Sock

A surfboard sock does two things: protects your board from dings and scratches, and protects the things your board touches from being covered in wax. It’s the perfect gift for that friend who chucks their board around with no regard for it, or for the inside of your car! These stretchy fabric board socks are available in different sizes and have a drawcord to keep the board from slipping out. They fit any board and they also have a convenient little pocket on the inside to store extra wax etc.

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Sharkbanz Shark Repellent Bracelet

Sharkbanz Shark Repellent Band

Take the anxiety out of surfing in shark territory and provide peace of mind to the surfer in your life (and to yourself!) by suggesting they wear this shark repellent band. Wear it on the wrist or ankle and watch as the circling sharks retreat as swiftly as they arrive (or just read the testimonials and trust that sharks won’t ever come that close in the first place!). It’s battery-free, and works by sending out electrical signals that mess with the electroreception of those clever sharkies!

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4est Polarised Floating Sunglasses

4EST Polarised Floating Sunglasses

They’re made from gorgeous and sustainable Maple wood, they have polarised lenses to provide proper UV protection from the sun and from the glare off the water, and they look fabulous. But what makes these hot looking sunnies really stand out, and an ideal gift for surfers, beach goers and water lovers, is the fact that they float! To really top it off, 4EST plant 2 trees for every pair of shades that are sold. New fave brand?!

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Barbarian Days- A Surfing Life

Barbarian Days- A Surfing Life

The superb writing of William Finnegan draws readers in, surfer or not, from the very first page. The autobiography is a story of surfing, yes, but also of growing up and finding oneself. It is a memoir of some fifty years of family life, fanatical surfing, and traveling to remote places in search of that perfect wave. Give the gift of inspiration to the surfer in your life — it’ll keep them well occupied on those long days when the surf isn’t playing ball!

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Curve Wetsuit Changing Mat

Curve Wetsuit Changing Mat

Ever tried getting out of your wetsuit without covering it in sand or transferring every last bit of parking lot grit into your suit? Impossible, right? Grab a changing mat, however, and your wetsuit will be sand and grit free, along with your car and house! Yes, once you’ve got your suit cleanly off, the mat’s drawcord cinches in to create a very neat, and fully waterproof little bag to transport your sodden suit to it’s hanging spot. Clever, time-saving and exceptionally convenient.

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Rip Curl Flash-Bomb 53mm 5-Finger Glove

Rip Curl Flash-Bomb 5/3mm 5-Finger Glove

Cold water surfers will love these new Flash-Bomb wetsuit gloves. Combining 3 and 5mm thick neoprene panels, the gloves will prevent numb fingers in all but the very coldest water. Their new features include an exceptionally grippy gel textured palm, and an aquaban seal on the internal wrist to reduce water flush. And with seams sealed with a new low profile heat tape, the gloves will last as many frosty winters as you can endure!

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Open Road Goods Hooded Towel

Open Road Goods Hooded Towel

Every surfer needs some kind of changing robe in their life. That is unless you’ve mastered the wetsuit undress and change whilst also keeping hold of your dignity? Yeah, I thought not! This super cosy hooded towel not only helps you get changed easily (and respectfully) in public places, but it’s also like a giant, warm bear hug — so welcome at the end of a cold, tough surf. It has a drawcord at the hood for extra snuggling, and buttons at the neck for easy overhead entry. One of the best gifts for surfers ever!

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EiR NYC - All Natural Surf Mud

EiR NYC – All Natural Surf Mud

Unless you want your other half looking like a wrinkly turtle by 50, then slip a small pot of All Natural Surf Mud into their stocking this year. As well as helping preserve their skin, it’s also the perfect gift for surfers who care about the ocean that they live for. Made with all natural ingredients, Surf Mud is 100% reef safe. It contains zinc for SPF 30 UV protection, chocolate for hydration and antioxidants that fight free radicals. Plus it’s water resistant and smells divine. Perhaps you should slip some into your own stocking while you’re at it?!

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Ten Toes Board Emporium Zed Bamboo Longboard

Ten Toes Board Emporium Zed Bamboo Longboard

There are few better gifts for surfers than giving them something to do that they love almost as much as surfing. Cruising around on these striking Zed Bamboo Longboards by Ten Toes Board Emporium make bad surf days manageable again. At 44 inches long, made with sustainable bamboo, and with a ton of cool vintage designs, these boards will look fabulous on the wall if nothing else!

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O'Neill Heat 3mm Split Toe Booties

O’Neill Heat 3mm Split Toe Booties

For surfers who are not charmed with tropical waters, wetsuit booties are a must — especially when the winter chill really kicks in. Together with an anti-flush strap at the top, the split toe design of these 3mm booties will keep your toes toastie and protected. They’re also easy to get on and off — a great feature when your fingers are frozen! Aside from the stability they provide on the board, the grippy bottom also makes these booties a great gift if the surfer in your life has to clamber over rocky and rough terrain to get to the water.

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About the author

author-joey

Joey Holmes is based in Cornwall, UK, and runs Cool of the Wild. She can’t get enough of being outdoors – whether that’s lounging around the campfire cooking up a feast, hitting the trail in her running shoes, or attempting to conquer the waves on her surfboard – she lives for it. Camping is what she loves to do the most, but has also spent many many hours clinging to the side of a rock face, cycling about the place, cruising the ski-slopes on her snowboard and hiking small mountains and big hills.

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