Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and that means the holiday shopping season is too. If you are stumped at what to give the surfer in your life… or if you are a surfer and your family is always asking you for a list, we did the heavy lifing for you both this year! Check out our holiday gift idea guide.
NOLS Med Kit 3.0 – This is the only present that you hope never never gets used. This kit has the necessary supplies to treat minor medical issues in most backcountry environments or third-world countries, and has plenty of space to beef up materials for longer trips. $39.99.
Turkish Towel – uber-lightweight towel that dries in a flash, and are as soft as they are versatile. Not all brands are alike, and this company out of Australia weaves beautiful designs into the world’s best cotton so that they last. From about $30.00.
BioLite PowerLight Mini – This ultraslim clippable lantern is a headlamp, a bike light, a strobe light, a mood light AND can charge a phone. The clip slides over any strap or pocket edge to provide hands-free lighting, or flips over the back to act as a kickstand for lamp use. A 1350mAh USB rechargeable battery delivers up to 52 hours of use. $44.95.
Universal Camera Lens Kit – Your budding phone photographer will love the opportunity to broaden his or her style with these adaptable lenses. $16.99.
For the Reader
All Our Waves Are Water by Jaimal Yogis. A meditative surf memoir from the author of Saltwater Buddha. Follow Yogis on his journey from the Himalayas to Indonesia, from a Franciscan Friary in New York City to the dusty streets of Jerusalem in search of the mystery that unites us. $17.00
Going Over the Falls by Amy Waeschle. Loyal WRSC guest Amy Waeschle’s debut novel is a cross between a surf adventure and a family saga, with complex characters and a thrilling twist at the end. $17
Surf Shack: Laid-Back Living by the Water by Nina Freudenberger, Heather Summerville, and Brittany Ambridge. Drool over images of the homes of longtime surf enthusiasts in this coffee table book that Vanity Fair called “Cabin porn goes coastal.” $24.00
Salt & Silver: Travel, Surf, Cook. This awesome book blends traveling, surfing, and the delicious food cultures of Central and South America together through the travel stories of two surfers. Part cookbook, part guidebook, part travelogue, this book is perfect for the foodie on your list. $18.00
Solar charger. BioLite SolarPanel 5+ Give the gift of getting off the grid. The slim and packable 5 Watt panel draws solar energy and the 2200mAh onboard battery stores it for later, so phones, tablets, and other gear can be charged when most needed. $79.95.
Binoculars Nikon Prostaff 3S 10 x 42 Binoculars. Scoping the lineup is way more fun when you can see the action up close. These binos are waterproof, fogproof and built tough for the outdoors. $139.
Surfboard – Surftech’s new “Bombfish” is super fun and versatile in a wide range of conditions, with a low-profile and durable deck patch. Perfect for the intermediate surfer looking to build a quiver or the seasoned salt who wants to try something new. $579.
Wetsuit (for those not lucky enough to have warm water) – The folks at Isurus reinvented the wetsuit wheel with their compression-style fit. These suits combine Japanese wetsuit technology with bio-mechanical engineering and feedback from athletes on three continents. Surfers stay warmer and are more mobile, allowing for a longer, more productive session. $495 and up.
Surf Trip – Share the love of surfing with a gift certificate to a few nights’ stay at Witch’s Rock Surf Camp. Comes in all colors, is always in style, and never expires!
Camper Van Rental – Give the gift of the open road with a gift card to a camper rental. There are several companies to choose from, depending on location, rig style, and destination. Try Lost Campers, California Campers or Escape Campervans.
Patagonia Men’s Diamond Quilt Bomber Hoody. He’ll check the surf in style as well as comfort in this windproof and water-resistant full-zip hoody. The lightweight 80-g Thermogreen® 100% polyester (90% recycled) stays warm, even when wet. $169
Olukai Nohea Lole shoe. This smart-looking shoe made of sun-washed canvas and hand-sewn seams has a built-in drop heel so he can dress them up or down. $85.
Prana Stretch Zion Short. These buttery soft, stretchy, lightweight shorts are great for travel days and yoga. Comes in extra long for tall guys. $69.
The Jungle Roxy Long Sleeve Zipped Rashguard One Piece. Keep the sun off her shoulders and surfing in style on your next tropical getaway with this classy one-piece. $89.50
Prana Elaine Boardshort. The traditional Velcro/grommet/tie front on these boardies is super secure even in big surf, and the handy back pocket keeps pesos and lip balm safe. The stretchy, quick-dry recycled polyester stays comfy all day. $55
Rowaton Cowl Neck by Carve Designs. This after-surf pullover feels heavenly against damp, salty skin and the kangaroo front pocket will keep her fingers toasty. $68.
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