Looking for some gift ideas for your surf friend/boyfriend/girlfriend and just don’t know what to get them? Need a last minute christmas or birthday gift for a surfer? Here are some of my favorite surf gifts!
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1. Surf World Guide
No matter how experienced the surfer you want to gift is – this is a continuous inspiration and will last with your friend/partner probably for his/her whole surf career: the Stormrider Surf World Guide! If you rather want a more „local“ guide or know exactly which area is the favorite of your friend you can also go for the Europe Surf Guide, France Surf Guide, Indonesia/Indian Ocean Surf Guide and Central America/Caribbean Surf Guide.
2. Surf Map
An alternative to the Surf World Guide with still a lot of info and for sure sparking the travel imagination just as much is the Surf Map. You can either get the home version (a poster) or a foldable one if your surf friend is constantly traveling and never much at home – or the lightweight surf towel with world map which I think is so super cool because you just always have it with you on the beach with all the spots you can visit next. Get 10% off on all maps when using code “WAKEUPSTOKED” at checkout.
3. Aquapac Key Master
Not the sexiest but for sure the most useful gift! The easiest way to make sure your car key gets back out of the water dry are those water proof bags.
4. Surf Poncho
The easiest way to change and chill out after your surf session – and it is an easy gift for surfers as the sizing is very flexible 😉 Vivida has the fluffiest Ponchos with beautiful graphics (get 15% off with code WAKEUPSTOKED). If you are looking for the travel version that is made out of the microfiber material check out the ION Ultralight Ponchos. I have both and usually switch depending on the length of trip (the Vivida one is always fluffier and more comfy but on a short trip not worth the weight) and the coldness of the water/air temperature (ION has the more „summer“ ponchos while Vivida works all year round for me).
5. Book present ideas for surfers
- Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life (Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Biography 2016) “Surfing only looks like a sport. To devotees, it is something else entirely: a beautiful addiction, a mental and physical study, a passionate way of life.”)
- A brief history of surfing
- Surf Survival: The Surfer’s Health Handbook Three expert physicians/surfers give tips around how to survive the surf and sun, how to get fit for surfing, surf-travel-medicine and how to survive big surf as well as prevention and rehabilitation of the most common surf injuries. A must for newbies as well as experienced surfers
- Surf Science: an introduction to surfing Basically an intro on how to read waves and predict the surf “Have you ever wondered where surfing waves come from, what makes every wave different, why some peel perfectly and others just close out; why, some days, the waves come in sets and other days they don’t, and how the tides, the wind and the shape of the sea floor affect the waves for surfing? If you have, this book is for you.”
- Surf Shacks: An Eclectic Compilation of Creative Surfer’s Homes This beautiful coffee table book features surf homes all around the world
- Women Who Surf: Charging Waves with the World’s Best
6. Surf Ears
If you are looking for a gift for your surf friend who always has trouble with their ears, doesn’t get the water out of them after the session or often has ear infections – the Surf Ears are a lifesaver! It took me a long time and a bad ear infection to finally get them and now I couldn’t live without them!
7. Surfboard Bike Rack
For all the lucky ones who get to bike to the surf spot a Surfboard Bike Rack is the way to go!
8. Inflatable Roof Rack
Since we usually rent the smallest/cheapest cars and then have trouble fitting our stuff in – the inflatable roof rack is an awesome little tool you can take with you on your travels. I was surprised how well it worked and how small it folded!
9. Wetsuit Changing Mat
If you are looking for a gift for your surfing boyfriend/girlfriend/roommate who brings the beach home 😂 a Wetsuit Changing Mat is the gift to get him/her! Easier to change and the wetsuit will not be coated with sand.
10. Surf Bikinis
While it is not always easy to find the right sizing, getting a surf girl a new surf bikini that fits properly is a million-dollar-present. My favorites are from Vivida (eco-friendly made from reused plastic bottles, some of them even reversible) (get 15% off with code WAKEUPSTOKED), Sensi Bikinis (from 2020 onwards eco-friendly and made in the US, get 20$ off using this link) and Zealous (sustainable bikinis and streetwear) but you can also find a very extensive Surf Bikini Guide here with more inspiration. All three brands are founded by passionate surfers/kitesurfers and I love to support brands with big values and passionate founders, who are changing something up in the market.
11. Slackline or Balance Board
If you are looking for a present for your surf friend, who is usually landlocked or is living further away from the spot and can only make it on the weekends or holidays – those two toys are great to train the muscles you usually need for balance in surfing. My personal favorite is the Indo Balance Board (since I can use it in my apartment) but many also love the Slackline which needs a bit more space and can be hung in-between two trees in any park/outdoor space.
Surf present ideas you can never go wrong with:
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