10 of the best gifts for surfers

by Asia Kaczmarczyk
Gifts for surfers

So, you’re on the hunt for the best gifts for surfers? Hunt no more. This ultimate list runs through some of the pressies that would excite us the most. It’s got a good coverage, both in prices and in categories. You’ll find everything from eco-friendly sunscreens to hi-tech surf cams for over $300 a pop. We’ve tried to lay out why each of the gifts for surfers on this list is a good option in a way that non-surfers might understand, with some guidance on the sort of wave ride that would really appreciate each…

Raw Elements Face and Body Certified Natural Sunscreen

ESTIMATED PRICE: $17-19

If you know anyone who’s planning a surf trip to Sri Lanka or Mexico, or anywhere else where the sun loves to blaze down on the breaks, you simply can’t got wrong with this sun block. We’ve actually been big fans of Raw Elements for a while. We were first drawn to them because they seemed to be the only certified cruelty-free brand on the market (not a single animal has been tested on here, folks!).

The market has since broadened and there are other brands doing something similar. However, we still go back to Raw for the soothing, moisturizing feel of the cream, its ease of application, and the fact that it hardly ever runs into the eyes – that’s a gift when surfing in hot destinations. It’s also small enough to fit into a stocking, so among the best gifts for surfers around Christmas time!

  • A must if your recipient is going to be surfing in the sun
  • Healthy as well as useful
  • All vegan-friendlty and cruelty free
  • This isn’t the cheapest sun block out there
  • It looks small, but it’s not cheap!

Master Lock 5400D

ESTIMATED PRICE: $15-25

A padlock? For surfers? You bet! We can all but guarantee you that anyone who’s used to surfing on their own at breaks they need to drive at will have dreamed of owning one of these at least once. And if they haven’t, it’s just a itch they didn’t know needed scratching yet. It’s for those moments that you rock up to the carpark, get changed and then realize you’ve not got anywhere to lodge the car keys. Bingo: The Master Lock to the rescue.

Not only is this one highly rated by over 5,000 buyers. It’s also got a vinyl coated rim to stop it from scratching your car, capacity for five standard house keys, and a full metal body for added security. Ticks all the boxes.

  • Vinyl coated to prevent scratching
  • Highly rated
  • Capacity for five standard house keys
  • A little heavy
  • Not a classic gift for a surfer

Sticky Bumps Munkey Surf Wax

ESTIMATED PRICE: $18-20

Let’s break it down for you: Wax is to a surfer like golf balls are to a golfer. Every one of us needs it and in steady supply, too. The problem is that just buying a huge wedge of wax can seem like a cop out. It’s a little boring, it’s never pricy, and – let’s face it – whoever threw a party over this stuff?

Well…that all could be about to change. Sticky Bumps Munkey Surf Wax is up there with the creative gifts for surfers in that it offers a bit of a unique selling point. It’s supposed to be five times (yep – FIVE times!) stickier than the original sticky bumps formula, which by all accounts is already darn sticky! On top of that, it’s non-toxic and biodegradable. This six pack will keep anyone going for a few months. It’s good for surfers who are in the tropics, for water temps north of 69 F.

  • Ultra sticky
  • A bit of a novelty twist on otherwise boring surf gear
  • Good for surfers who surf warm water
  • Only for warm water
  • It’s a six pack, so six of the same gift!

Cor Surf Wetsuit Changing Mat 

Estimated price: $28.99

Forget wet feet and muddy wetsuits, this changing mat can solve all your woes. It’s pretty simple as gifts for surfers go. Unfurl it on the ground, change on top of it. That’s it really. The rugged material protects your feet from getting hurt and ensures that wetsuit won’t get unnecessarily dirty or, even worse, rip. When it comes to changing back out of your suit, you do exactly the same, only the mat also acts as a neat pull bag to keep that sodden neoprene from soaking your car.

  • Bags up to keep your used wetsuit from soaking everything else
  • Keeps wetsuits nice and clean
  • Made from strong PVC plastic compounds
  • Lots of surfers already have this
  • Not that useful if you don’t surf in a wetsuit

O’Neill Youth Reactor-2 3/2mm Back Zip Full Wetsuit

Estimated price: $95+

Of all the gifts for surfers, a wetsuit is up there with one of the biggest. But these essential pieces of kit don’t have to break the bank. Take this O’Neill Youth Reactor 3/2. It’s arguably the best-known entry-level wetsuit for kids (NOTICE: This is for KIDS!). A standard summer-fall thickness keeps it versatile and easy to on and off. You also get the single-zip back entry, a better option for starters and groms (that’s the little ones).

Color is often the question of debate when parents come to pick a wetsuit for their little ones. Take our advice. Steer clear of bold hues. All black is best.

  • You get a whole wetsuit!
  • Essential piece of kit
  • Multiple colors
  • 3/2 thickness is good for multiple seasons
  • Only for kids
  • Not the gift for expert surfers

The Other Side of Surfing

Estimated price: $37-42

This sumptuous publication from GALINDO is a 250-page surf odyssey. First released in 2020, it delves into the lives of some of the great contemporary surf pioneers. You’ll learn about the river surfers of Munich and beach sculptors in Portugal, along with board shapers who are pushing the boundaries of what’s possible on a board. It’s very much a coffee table book (or a book for the newly converted surf van, perhaps?), but also finished beautifully with stunning images and informative text.

  • One of the more unique gift for surfers
  • A perfect book for the surf van
  • Beautifully published with glossy photography
  • Quite heavy
  • It’s a dip-in book at best, but hey, that’s the point here!

Curve New Surfboard Bag Day Surfboard Cover

Estimated price: $40-50

Buying a gift for a surfer who travels a lot? Everyone, like EVERYONE, who does that needs a surf bag. You can pay walloping amounts of money for these key pieces of kit, but in our experience they wear down just the same as the cheaper options. That’s where the Curve New Surfboard Day Bag comes in. It’s a cracking choice if you’re looking for something to slide your favorite ride into before jetting off to Costa Rica or the Canaries.

Of course, having a bag doesn’t mean your board is safe. A lot of that is down to the airlines, and you’ll need to pack it right! To make it easier to carry, you’re after a bag with an adjustable strap (check on this model) and a some pocket stashes for bits and bobs (check again). The bag is good for anything under 7″ apparently.

  • Simple and easy to use
  • No silly branding – just nice reflective grey
  • Adjestable straps
  • Not LOADS of protection
  • No fragile sign printed on it – but you can get a sticker for that

BESTA Surf Poncho

Estimated price: $34.99

Woe to the poor surfer who’s still relying on towels. A poncho just makes life so much easier and nicer. That goes for all situations, no matter if you’re emerging from the icy waters of Scotland or the tropical baths of Sri Lanka. These guys simplify the changing process like never before. Just pull it over your head to whack on your wetsuit. Do the same when you come out and you’ll dry and change without having to worry about showing too much if you catch our drift ;).

We love the BESTA model for several reasons. Chief among them is the fact that it’s not too thick. Lots of surf robes have a tendency to rely on bulk for warmth. We prefer the thinner ones that are easier to pack, so you can travel with them. The microfibre material is also fantastically fast drying.

  • Lightweight compared to other robes
  • Makes changing before and after a surf waaaay nicer!
  • Microfibre material that dries fast
  • It won’t improve your surfing
  • Might not be used by those who like to travel really light

GoPro HERO8 Black Waterproof Action Camera

Estimated price: $309

WOWWZZAA. If we opened our birthday pressie and saw that gran had bought us this badboy…let’s just say that would make her our FAVOURITE granny! Seriously though, the GoPro 8 has been the most fantastic action cam on the market since it first dropped in 2018 if you ask us. We take it everywhere we go and we’ve scored some unforgettable shots, whether that’s paddle outs or full on drop ins. It’s a perfect gift for a surfer who’s creative and loves to document their surf travels.

Feature wise, where to begin? 4K footage with uber-pristine color correction. Wide angle lenses that can stretch even wider than before on 2.7k format. There’s ultra slow mo. You’ve got in-built software stabilisation that’s the best on the market by a long shot. It’s a cracking present. A cracking present!

  • Amazing 4K recording
  • Software stabilization that’s brilliant for surfing
  • It’s just an all-round killer present!
  • It’s not the newest model (but we think it’s arguably the best)
  • The GoPro isn’t cheap!

DJI Mavic Air Quadcopter with Remote Controller

Estimated price: $730

If you’re looking for a mega present for someone truly special, then the DJI Mavic Air could be perfect. It’s not just an awesome gifts for surfers, but for all travelers and photography buffs. We list it here because there’s simply no doubt that drone footage has risen to become the piece de resistance of the surf-travel world in recent years. It’s the sort of stuff that can elevate surf trip vids to whole new and dizzying heights.

The DJI Mavic Air Quadcopter deserves some serious plaudits for what’s under the hood. Ultra portable, it weighs just 0.95 pounds and relies on four copter blades that can easily be folded for transport. This purchase comes with a remote control, which we’d say is a must if you’re determined to get the best shots of the surf line up possible. Remember that drones aren’t allowed everywhere and you might need to ask permission before you can fly.

  • 4K video at 60fps – exactly what you want for surf shots
  • A 3-axis gimbal to help you manoeuvre the cam around beaches and headlands
  • Light and portable
  • This is one damn pricy present!
  • Drone laws apply

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If you can think of any more amazing gifts for surfers, we’d love to hear about them in the comments below!

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