Still looking for a present for your kite surf addicted friends or partners? Here are tons of ideas on what to buy for every type of kiter – the landlocked, the travel hungry, the adventurous, the eco-minded, the stylish, the techy or the sun-seeking kiters.
Some of the presents require a higher budget but how about you just put yourself together with some friends or family members and all join to pay for a really outstanding present?
- For the landlocked kiters that want to have that surfer spirit at home
- For the kiters that love to push their boundaries every session
- For the always travel hungry, adventurous kitesouls
- For the adventurous kiters that love secret spots and road trips
- For the sun seeking kiters in warm paradise spots
- For the eco-minded-kiters who protect what they love
- For the saltwater fashionistas and mermaids
- For the life-loving, chilled out kiters
- For the techy kite lovers who love to take the best footage
For the landlocked kiters that want to have that surfer spirit at home
The best way to train your balance and keep a little bit of ocean feeling back home. Whenever I’m really frustrated or need a break from working this would light me up immediately and train my balance skills and muscles at the same time.
2. RooBoard – Balance Board and excercise equipment in one
This really is the world’s smallest balance board and will fit even into the most crowded apartment – developed by London-based Surfer Mason who wanted to train as well during his regular office days. (Obviously we have a big Balance Board and a RooBoard at home – we’re a kitesurf family so everybody can train at the same time 😉 ) Other than the regular balance board it can be used for different forms of strength training excercises so at the same time it’s a functional fitness tool. RooBoard even has a huge youtube playlist with different excercises, anything from Core Fitness up to HIIT training.
You want to have that feeling of freedom and be reminded to live the daily stoke, even if you’re far away from the ocean? So why not shout that out into the world? Your wardrobe and products can now fit your life philosophy – no matter if it’s iphone cases, cups or shirts!
If you didn’t wake up stoked already, start with that surf feeling into the day with the right tableware. Far too pretty to be used for a cut board though 😉
For the inner child in all of us 😉
Take Teahupoo right home with you – or choose for one of the other surfer- and ocean-themed art works by Alex Krastev.
How about giving your friends a voucher to the Girls Surf Workout by GoldenRide (happening in Munich, Cologne, Berlin and Vienna) to get them ready for their next kite or surf holiday?
For the kiters that love to push their boundaries every session
Pretty much the best way to progress since it’s so visually appealing and new tricks are explained step by step from different angles in those tutorial videos. Simply get a gift voucher so that your friends can choose which collection they would like to have!
The king of spectacular old school tricks – there is nothing quite out there that gives you that much inspiration on elegant big airs. Far away from mainstream, Toby found his style and I love how he keeps developing new tricks. Worth watching and trying! You can either buy the DVD or simply rent it on Vimeo.
This is the cool version of a kitesurfing manual, providing you with tons of inspiration on tricks in three categories: Superbasics for advanced kiteboarders of all levels and styles, Airstyle (old school, hooked in tricks) and Newschool (wake style, unhooked moves).
Get higher and better with every session and measure your progress – the North and PIQ motion sensor is a highly advanced wearable kiteboarding technology with a real time display that shows the height of jumps as they’re happening. The mobile app also provides precise data and unique session insights once you’re back from the water – and you can measure and battle yourself just for the fun with your friends. And I have a special deal for my readers: use the promo code “WAKEUPSTOKED” to get 10% off your own North and PIQ!
For the always travel hungry, adventurous kitesouls
This is what I call the bible of kitesurf travels! Introducing almost 100 regions in nine continental chapters, it features over 1,250 of the world’s best spots. The world is a playground and this is the place where you can see all your bucket list destinations in a great overview and detail. You can get either the The World Kite and Windsurfing Guide, or The Kite and Windsurfing Guide Europe or the App.
Every Kilo (or sometimes gram) counts 😉 The true lightweight leader out on the market is Mystic’s Elevate Kitebag – you can even detach the wheels! The 140cm bag itself weighs only 2.2kg without wheels, 3.4kg with wheels. If you’re looking more into a colorful kitbag, check out North Kiteboarding’s Combi Bag – the 139cm bag only weighs 3 kg (with wheels which are not detachable) and rules with style.
No island can be remote enough, no lagoon too hard to reach. You’ll fight yourself through anything to get to the secret spots. The Dry Sack will keep your valuables dry and functional
Most warm and tropical places have one downside – mosquitos. This little wonder machine can at least help with the annoying itchy feeling after you’ve been bitten. Basically you point it at the mosquito bite and press the button, which heats up the bite locally to 51 degrees Celsius and destroys the itchy feeling. It stings when you use it for those 3 seconds but then the itching is gone.
When you change places a lot (e.g. when spot hopping along the Brazilian coast) or also when you pack all your stuff, also your clothes, into the kite bag, packing cubes are the perfect solution. You’ll pack and unpack within seconds and your clothes won’t get too sandy even if they’re in your kitebag 😉
6. Free – simply put together a small flyer/email with trip inspiration
Have you already seen my Top 10 kitesurf spots PDF? How about you do something like that for your friends as a christmas present – as a flyer or online pdf?
Up for a last minute trip? Check bluebirdkite, they are kind of the German “holiday pirates” version for Surfers and Kitesurfers and always find really good last minute deals, insanely cheap flights or also combos for hotels with flights.
Or you simply surprise your friend with just the IDEA to go on an awesome kitetrip (or a small down payment 😉 ) you found on bstoked. Like… renting your own island or going on a sailing cruise around Los Roques. Just to present the idea to your friends is probably one of the best presents you could make them😉.
For the adventurous kiters that love secret spots and road trips
Probably the most inspiring kiteboarding movie that is out there at the moment – breathtaking spots, some of them less known, and a movie that will let you feel the ultimate feeling of freedom that kitesurfing provides. You can rent or buy the movie here on amazon.
Suited for your outdoor adventures all over the world and an easy way to always have potable water with you (or to be a able to create it in seconds). This UV water purifier destroys more than 99.9 percent of harmful microorganisms like bacteria and viruses without altering the case of the water. It purifies 1 liter of water in 60 seconds.
If you’re going Malaria areas or simply don’t like to get bitten by mosquitos or don’t want to be surprised by a cockroach in the middle of the night this is always a good option.
If you don’t have a big budget or go to very remote spots it’s always nice to have your own sleeping bag. It weighs only 290g and is always nice to have. You can either buy the single one or also the double version if you travel as a couple.
For the sun seeking kiters in warm paradise spots
Sun Bum definitely wins with the style factor and smelling – so for the design-loving kiters the perfect choice.
For those who just cannot get off the water and out of the sun, p20 which claims it’s an “apply-once-a-day” sun protection, is the way to go.
There is no sunscreen in the world that can protect supersensitive cheeks and nose tips – there is only one simple solution to that: Zinc Sticks! They really do stay on for all the session, make you look like a saltwater warrior. Sunzapper has them in all colors.
The organic version (without Zinc) is from EQ wich is made out of pure and natural mineral pigments. EQ furthermore produces a whole range of sun protection which is certified as non-toxic to coral reefs and the marine environment.
Burnt lips are no joke, luckily it never happened to me 😉 I usually buy the cheapest sun lip stick I can find in the local drugstore in Germany (dm has a good one with SPF 50) so just choose any you can find in a drugstore with SPF 50 (below it doesn’t make too much sense) or you can buy it online here.
For the eco-minded-kiters who protect what they love
Mafiabags is a label launched by two Argentinian siblings now living in San Francisco. They produce really stylish products made out of kite surf and windsurfs sails. My favorite is the “discover” backpack, which is ultra-light, water-resistant, durable and good for your city and ocean adventures since it also has an interior padded laptop sleeve. They also have all other kinds of accessories like wallets, duffle bags and tote bags. +ß098762q1^
2. Reef safe Eco sunscreens – EQ, Badger and Raw Elements
The background is that usually when your sunscreen washes off, the chemicals inside the sunscreen do too. Those substances have toxic effects on corals and increase coral bleaching. This is why you should choose reef-safe sunscreens.
4. Sustainable toiletries and travel/wellness packages by Hydrophil
Hydrophil has beautiful, minimalistic and and sustainable toiletries, anything from soaps, toothbrushes, toothpastes etc. How about a Handmade Wash Bag filled with sustainable goodies or the Wellness Gift Box for Christmas?
Beautiful bikinis that fit like sport bras and the best is: they are made in Germany with eco-sustainable materials by passionate kite girl Jocy (and I had the honour to design the logo for them so have a lot of insights and love the brand).
Bright and colorful design made out of recycled PET bottles – I like! Made in California.
7. Plastic Straw Alternatives – reusable Bamboo Straws or Stainless Steel Straws
If I consider that I drank 3 coconuts a day for 6 weeks (and then adding all the fresh juices) in total this winter season, I have pretty bad conscience. Probably everyone that goes to Brazil to kite or other tropical countries with yummy cold coconuts waiting for you after your session will have the same problem. The Solution is either Bamboo Straws (which are the best solution from an eco standpoint) or the Stainless Steel Straws (which come with a cleaning brush).
For the saltwater fashionistas and mermaids
I think we all agree that there is nothing more comfy than cuddling into your poncho after a long session. Especially if it such a stylish one from After Essentials. You can get this and other awesome goodies and surf clothes by cool labels in the Pretty Ride Online Shop.
Incredibly beautiful and delicate saltwater inspired jewellry by an Austrian Surfergirl, choosing just one bracelet becomes a challenge.
5. Biru biru
Beautiful bracelets (and more products are coming soon) made by two passionate oceanloving girls. A part of the income they make with the shop goes to various sea protection projects.
If you’re German speaking, just reading the name will put a smile on your face. Schwerelosigkite has beautiful hoodies and shirts with ocean and mountain themed designs.
For the life-loving, chilled out kiters
What is life without the right music to get you pumped for your next session or enjoy the post-kite-stoke?
But first, coffee. Your day only started once you had a proper Espresso. You’ll get it now, no matter where you are, no electricity needed.
For the techy kite lovers who love to take the best footage
Make your phone dirt-, snow- and waterproof with those nice-looking cases. Lifeproof also has all the fitting mounts like e.g. bar mounts or suction cups to capture your best moments on the water.
Your GoPro is empty after filming the first session and you’re taking your break in a fisherman’s hut without electricity? Or you stay in an Eco Kite Camp which only has electricity a few hours a day? Here is a literally little and light device that will save you – this portable charger can quick-charge your phone up to 4 times faster and will charge your phone at least 3 times (tablets 1 time) fully. .
Someone just took awesome shots of your last session and you would like to have them? But nobody owns a flash drive and the internet is superslow? Just bring your own tiny but mighty flash drive and you won’t have those problems anymore.
5. GoPro Hero 5
No need to explain, right? Pretty much a must these days for taking epic pics and videos. The GoPro Hero 5 is now even waterproof (no housing needed) up to 10 meters (33feet).
My favorite perspective to shoot with the GoPro since you got the full overview and can capture your stunning surroundings.
Selfie Stick (as a camera grip or foldable extension arm) and Tripod in one – the allrounder.