Beyond the mammoth swell that winter brings to the North Shore, winter also brings the start of the holiday season. It may be hard to believe the holidays are fast approaching when it feels like we were enjoying summer south swells in town just last week. With Pipe starting to pump and Thanksgiving just around the corner, it’s time to start suring up your holiday shopping list. Shopping for surfers is not as easy as it would seem. Not everyone wants to shell out $900 for a brand-new board every holiday season. If you’re racking your brain for what to get the surfer in your life, check out our list below, where we dive into our favorite gifts, gear, and gadgets for surfers in JOB Surf Experience Holiday Gift Guide: Where to shop this Black Friday & Beyond for Gifts for Surfers.
The Ultimate Surf Travel Bag
Surfers are typically traveling addicts. So, travel gear makes great gifts for surfers. When we don’t find swell near home, we look elsewhere, whether that’s up the coast a few hours or halfway around the world. If you have a traveling surfer in your life, they likely know how frustrating it can be when an airline damages your board. All too often, no matter how well you pack your boards, we find dings, buckles, and broken boards waiting for us when we collect our board bags at baggage claim. The Dirtbag Supply Co team aims to stop airline busted boards with the Dirtbag, the most padded surfboard travel bag on the market. This literal bomb-proof board bag will get your boards to and from your destination unharmed.
A Smart Watch to Record Surf Sessions
Smartwatches are all the rage in the fitness and outdoor worlds, and they’re great gifts for surfes. With the right smartwatch, you can record your runs, track the calories you burn during a workout, measure your VO2 Max, and more. Now surfers can use smartwatches to track their surf sessions and even find clips of their best waves. Using the Surfline App on an Apple Watch, you can find your favorite waves on the Surfline camera at your home break and play them back. Dawn Patrol is another great Apple Watch app that lets you track your sessions and the forecast.
The Best Soft Boards on the Market
It’s no secret that we love Catch Surf Soft Boards. Not all soft boards are created equal. Catch Surf makes the best-performance soft boards on the market. Jamie paddles into maxing Pipeline and Backdoor with the very same soft boards we use at our North Shore Surf School. Catch Surf offers a variety of models and sizes, from the classic log to the Jamie O’Brien Pro Model Shortboards. Soft boards are the perfect gifts for surfers who want to catch more waves and have more fun in the water.
Boardshorts for Him
A surfer can never have enough board shorts, which is why they are always an excellent idea for gifts for surfers. If you’re surfing every day or going on several surf trips a year, you’ll likely wear through your favorite pair quickly. Boardshorts make for great gifts for surfers and stocking stuffers for surfers of all levels. We love the Catch Surf Perfect 10 and Stealth Boardshorts. These vintage-inspired trunks feature classic designs in a modern, athletic cut. With quick-dry premium 4-way stretch and a silicone-coated drawcord, these board shorts let you surf all day. They also feature a back patch pocket with a drain hole and key loop. These timeless designs will always be in style.
Swimwear for Her
Aokai, founded by Tina and Sally Cohen, boasts stylish bikinis that are made to perform. Don’t sacrifice style for performance or vice-versa when you can have both. Aokai offers swimwear for all types of bodies in a variety of cuts. Everything they make and sell is tested by the Cohen Sisters in the powerful Hawaiian surf. In addition to stylish swimwear, Aokai also makes ocean-inspired jewelry that is perfect for the surfer in your life.
A Stylish Board Sock
Sometimes travel bags and day bags are too bulky for a quick beach run. A stylish canvas board sock, like the ones from Faro Boardbags will keep your board safe and out of the sun for your commute to the beach. These board socks are handmade in California and are the ultimate gifts for surfers.
Stay Psyched Merch
Have a vlog fan in your life? Head to the Stay Psyched website to shop for all your favorite Stay Physed merch. Celebrate the holidays with the JOB fam by repping your favorite Stay Psyched hoodie or tee this holiday season.
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