Christmas Gift Ideas For Surfers: 15 Great Gifts Every Male Surfer Will Love
Why not get him what he really wants?
Is there a man in your life that smells a little like ocean, and talks at too greater length about barrels, tubes, and somewhere called 'Indo'? Then chances are, you know a surfer. Or maybe you are a surfer.
Either way, this is the time of year when you'll want to be spending some of that heard earned that you've racked up throughout the year on them.
We've compiled the ultimate list of perfect Christmas presents for the surfing chap in your life.
1) PKS The Egg Funboard
Fun boards are stacks of... just heaps of... oh, what's the word? Oh yes: fun. The Egg by PKS is a prime example. At 7'6, it's a bit bigger than the boards you'll have seen the likes of Kelly Slater ripping up the waves on.
This added volume, however, is where the fun comes in. It makes them brilliant for people who've just started surfing, as the extra buoyancy makes them easier to ride. And if you're a bit more experienced, that added mass means you can lark about to your hearts content. A solid all-rounder.
£539.99 from Surfdome
2) Finisterre The Nieuwland 5 Wetsuit
At 5mm thick, The Nieuwland 5 is the warmest wetsuit in Finisterre's already toasty range.
Complete with a hood and a neck opening, this beaut' is designed to be used in seas between 4 and 10°C, making it perfect for Autumn or Winter shredding in the cold waters of the UK.
£390 from Finisterre
3) Annual Lamiroy Academy Membership
A years membership to the Lamiroy Surf Academy is an absolute no-brainer for anybody that isn't lucky enough to have a surf break right on their doorstep.
Along side the Ticket to Ride surf school, the Academy, founded by former British Champion Sam Lamiroy, is designed to help improve surfers, and take them on to the next level of riding waves. Membership included wetsuit and board rental, so all you have to do is get down to Newquay, and you can get your surf on.
£108 from The Lamiroy Surf Academy
4) Dryrobe Advance Hi Vis
Whether you surf all year around, or just wait until the warmth of the late summer, it's rare that you don't feel a slight chill when you're done with waves, and you're getting changed.
But now, thanks to this super warm changing robe from DryRobe, those shoreline shivers are a thing of the past. A weather proof external shell, cosy fleece lining, and stacks of big pockets to keep all of your bits and pieces in, just try a DryRobe once and it will become as essential a bit of kit as your board or wetsuit.
£94.99 from DryRobe
5) Oakley Latch Sunglasses
If you're lucky enough to catch some sun while you're chasing waves, you'll want to keep your peepers shaded. These Oakley Latch sunglasses are just about perfect.
Not only are they right on point style-wise, being Oakley, you know the function will be just as good as the form. Furthermore, the Latch have a very special trick up their sleeve. A tiny latch (from which the name derives) opens up when you opens the arms of the sunnies, allowing you to fix the shades to your clothes securely. No more lost sunglasses. They're the gift that keeps on giving.
£110 from Oakley
6) GoPro Hero4 Session
The Hero4 Session is the smallest, and lightest GoPro there is, making it perfect for capturing your surf adventures. It boasts a tough, waterproof design, simple one-button control, long battery life, and the ability to shoot footage in 1080p60 video.
Whether you're charging on monster waves, or it's completely flat but the scenery is breathtaking, the low-profile and flexible mounting system of the Hero4 Session mean you'll be able to get all the footage you need to fill a million Facebook feeds.
£159.99 from GoPro
7) Arbor Timeless GT Longboard
Live too far away from the ocean to surf every day, but still want to get your fill of cruising? Or maybe you simply want to keep those surf muscles exercised. The Timeless GT from Arbor is perfect.
This classic pintail is just screaming out to be cruised along concrete waves, and is ideal for a nice open-stance, loose style. Oh, and those Kyler Martz graphics on the deck are stunning. What's not to like?
£179.99 from Rollersnakes
8) Burton Wheelie Double Deck Travel Bag
You may associate Burton with snowboarding, but we think this gorgeous piece of luggage is idea for a spot of extended wave hunting.
With three spacious, separate sections inside this rugged case, there's plenty of room for your wetsuit, clothes, Dryrobe, towel, and just about anything - short of a surfboard - that you'll need for a two week surf odyssey. And those handy skate wheels means you wont put your back out carrying everything.
£210 from Burton
9) Reef Paradise Board Shorts
These super-stylish shorts from reef will not only serve you well among the waves, but also ensure you carry your steeze out of the ocean and onto the streets when you're hunting for lunch.
Other designs are available, but may not look quite as good as these vintage numbers.
£21.57 from Blue Tomato
10) Billabong Foil Wetsuit
If you're down for some summer surfing here in the UK, a thinner 3mm wetsuit is ideal for the warm to medium conditions, and the Foil by Billabong is excellent.
The chest zip means you wont get that sting of cold water occasionally hitting your back, and the ergonomic design means you can surf for as long as those summer waves will have you, and remain comfortable and chafe-free.
£129.99 from Surfdome
11) Reef Surf T-shirt
If you're still a few sit-ups and protein shakes away from that chiseled beach body (or, in reality, just don't give a toss about looking like the dude off an aftershave advert) then having a handy t-shirt to slip on when you're taking your wetsuit off it a must have for most blokes.
You don't need us to tell you that there are a handful of s-shirts available these days, but this Reef one is particularly rad. Unlike us, maybe give it an iron first.
£19.99 from Shore
12) Patagonia Toromiro Backpack
Patagonia are one of those companies that fit surfing perfectly. Starting out 30 years ago making small tools for climbers, they've expanded over time and today are making a full range of gear for everybody that shares a love of the outdoors.
This Toromiro backpack is a good-looking way of carting your gear around, and with a massive 22 litre capacity, it's big enough to get your wetsuit, towel, and a change of clothes in to take wheresoever you go.
£44.99 from Route One
13) Vans SK8-Hi Shoes
Because a man cannot live by flip-flops alone. These Vans high tops have all the classic looks synonymous with the iconic brand, but come in a subtle every-shade-of-black tone, meaning you can dress them up or down to your hearts content.
We know that sounds a little Gok Wan, but what it really means is you can get away with wearing your sneaks on any occasion, whether your being dragged around the shops on a Saturday, or at your other-half's friend's cousin's boss's neighbour's wedding.
£52 from Vans
14) Passenger Beanie
Despite supermarket shelves being full of products that give your hair 'that surf look' spending your days in the brine kind of makes your hair a bit dried our and - certainly in our case -a bit of a mess.
The cure? You could A) spend a shed-load on hair dresser (nee; barber) appointments, B) shave the lot off, or C) - our preferred method - whacking a beanie on. We love these Passenger beanies because they're warm, comfy, and look good. Perfect.
£17.99 from Passenger
15) Billabong Futur Proof Original Jacket
You can't spend all of your time in a wetsuit - we've tried and found the police very touchy when we were commuting to the office. If you want to keep that surf look going when socity dictates you have to wear normal clothes, this Futur Proof jacket from Billabong is a winner.
The leather look body and contrasting sleeves gives it that timeless varsity look, and the detachable hood means you can keep your barnet rain free as and when you want. Billabong may be struggling to spell 'Future' but they can make a smashing coat.
€129.95 from Billabong