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Part Blanket, Part Jacket, All Awesome

11 Nov

I just ordered one of these for myself.  Those early morning dawn patrol sessions offer the best surf, but getting out of bed and into a cold wetsuit sucks.  This will definitely make the trip to the beach more comfy.  And when you get out of the water and that wetsuit, crawling into this looks like pure heaven.

Use this link for $15 – timeless.

Use the code TREATYOSELF on 11/11/17 to save 30%.

You can also try this code if you miss out today.  ITSBYUxBETA to save 20% (no guarantee how long it will work).

Stay warm my friends


Best Surf Gifts for Mom

9 May

With Mother’s day coming up, we thought we would give you some ideas for that mom surfer in your family.

For you kids who have no money at all

How about you make up a certificate for one peaceful surf day where you promise to go to the beach with mom, let her surf as long as she wants, and not cause her any hassles? No whining, no complaining you’re bored, no begging for money for ice cream. Mom would really appreciate that.


Or you could offer to scrape the old wax off of her board, and put down a nice clean coat of wax for the summer. You can even get a bar of wax for about a buck and wrap it as a gift. Everybody hates re-waxing boards, that’s why they always look so grungy. And with summertime here, that old soft cold water wax is gonna get awfully drippy in the summer sun.

For the kids who have a couple of bucks to scrape together

CafePress has some cool low cost gifts for your surfer mom. From bumper stickers for about $4.00 to t-shirts for about @20, there’s a good selection of surf mom stuff. My favorite is the baby diaper cover.

Bumper Sticker Diaper Cover Mom Hangs Ten Bumper Stickeruntitled

For the super stylish hot mom who wants to turn heads on the beach.

On the other end of the spectrum, Time Magazine has a post on some pretty expensive but chic gifts. Pret-A-Surf rashguard, $210, available at Barneys New York, and bikini, $300, available at Net-A-Porter. Bumble and Bumble Color Minded Polish $28, and styling balm $28, offers UV protection for color-treated locks. Available at

Everybody loves a new wetsuit.

Face it, the old one smells like old shoes. A new one fits snug and makes you look and feel great.

G0005REA has a great selection online. Or better yet, go support your local surf shop. Prices range from $70-$400 depending on how cold it gets where your mom surfs. And make sure to get a gift receipt, as she might have to exchange it. They all fit very differently from one another.

The future is so bright, Mom needs some new shades.


Photo courtesy Kaenon

You can pick up a new pair of shades anywhere. I personally love Oakleys. Make sure whatever you get is polarized. That glare off the water can make for a killer headache. You can also buy all kinds of brands from Toms. And they have the same buy one give one program that sends a pair of glasses to someone in need for every pair you buy.

Make Mom a Star of her own surf videos

Personally, I think everyone should have a GoPro. The new GoPro 3 is a vast improvement over the past models. It takes amazing pictures and video. It has a wide variety of attachments, including a new underwater housing. Features include:

  • Professional 1080p 30 fps, 960p 48 fps, and 720p 60 fps and WVGA 240 fps video capture
  • 11MP photo capture with 10 frames per second burst
  • Wi-Fi built-in, and compatible with Wi-Fi remote (sold separatly) and GoPro App (free)
  • 197-Feet / 60m Waterproof Housing
  • Basic mounts and hardware included for attaching to helmets, gear, and more

Get it here at Amazon for between $199-$399 depending on the model. GoPro HERO3: Silver Edition

And don’t forget these cool accessories

GoPro product shoot

Surfboard mount from GoPro

The Bobber – Floating Hand Grip for GoPro® HERO Cameras

Best Surfboard Bag Review – Destination Surf

4 Mar

I met the Destination Surf team at the Sacred Craft Expo in Del Mar last fall. Good group of guys. I was hunting for a board bag company that would stand by their product.  I’ve had countless board bags, and the weak point is always the zipper. Most companies (yeah you XM), use crappy, cheapass zippers.  And when they fail, you are hosed.  The labor of tearing off the old zipper means replacing it at a local shop costs as much as a new bag.  So you throw it away. Great, more crap in the landfill.

There are some companies that stand behind their product with lifetime warranties (Dakine), but they tend to be pricey, and I’ve tested Dakine’s warranty on a surf pack and they declined to fix the zipper.  Soooo, what’s a warranty worth if the company won’t honor it.

Enter Destination Surf.  Down in Encinitas, a surf town.  Owned by a second generation surfers, Aaron and Katherine Smith.  Husband and wife team.  How much better can it get.   I trust them and I trust their product.  They offer a lifetime warranty on zippers and seams. When you call the company, you’re talking to someone who cares.  Not a call center.  You can buy online, or at one of my favorite surf shops, Stewarts Surf Shop in San Clemente, CA.

They have both day bags and travel bags. If your buying this as a stocking stuffer next Christmas to go with that surf tour to Indo, then get the travel bag.  It’s more expensive but holds multiple boards and protects that fragile fiberglass from the airline apes loading baggage.  

If not, and it’s just for getting boards safely from home to local surf spot, save some money and get a day bag. They run between $90 and $120, the cost of two professional ding repairs.  

Who’s it for?

Any surfer that has their own board, and doesn’t want to spend all their spare time or money fixing dings.

Surfer’s who like to travel with their own boards, and bring that back in one piece.

What’s it cost?

Daybags between $80 and $140 depending on size and capacity.

Travel bags up to $400 depending on size, capacity and features (wheels, etc).

Where to get it?

Online at Destination Surf – they offer free shipping on orders over $150.

And you should follow their blog at  They surf, travel and look like they’re having a blast.

Clark Little Shorebreak Art Book – A Special Gift for Surf and Beach Lovers

3 Mar

The shorebreak art of Clark Little has set off a new trend of guys getting pounded in the big surf. But nobody has the body of work that Clark Little brings in this exclusive book. I don’t know a surfer who does not love his work, and this book is an inexpensive (relatively) way of bringing his artwork home. His prints sell for thousands of dollars, and his work has been featured at the Smithsonian. Clark is an almost native Hawaiian who since 2007 has built a portfolio of surf art that is second to none.

This book comes in two editions. Both are signed, but the collector’s edition ($350) is limited to 500 copies, and is signed by Clark’s buddies Kelly Slater and Jack Johnson, plus it comes with 2 limited edition 8×10 signed prints. The limited edition is the same basic book, is signed by Clark, but only costs $150. So you have a great price range to work with.

Who’s it for?

Anybody who loves art, the beach or ocean, or quality photography.

How much is it?

$150 for the limited edition or $350 for the collector’s edition.

Where can I get it?

Online at Clark Little Photography

Surfer Gifts – Ekobrew K-Cup Replacement

23 Feb

Due to their connection to the ocean, most surfers are also environmentally sensitive. I’m not suggesting that we are all tree-huggers, just that we are in-tuned with our environment. And one of the things that many surfers rail against is single use plastics. We’ve all seen too much plastic in the ocean.

The other thing that makes this Ekobrew a perfect gift for surfers, is that many of us are up early for the dawn patrol. That means we need coffee. Good cofee, and fast. That’s where the Keurig brewer comes in. Problem is that those stupid K-cups are single use plastic and can’t recycle because of all the grounds and paper filter inside with metal foil on the top. So every cup of coffee yields plastic waste that just fills our landfills.

I tried some other k-cup replacements out there, and the coffee was really bad. Southwest Airlines bad. Then one day this little gem popped up as a Gold Box special on So I grabbed one.

It took some experimenting getting the right grind and amount, as I like my coffee strong. But I eventually nailed it. Now I can select whatever coffee brand I want, buy it on sale, grind it fresh, and get a single hot fresh awesome cup in seconds from my Keurig. No wasted coffee, no plastic pollution.

Who’s it for?

  • Early morning surfers
  • Surfers in tune with the environment
  • Surfers on a budget who like good coffee

How much is it?

  • You can get one for around $12, or three for $30.
  • Add in a Keurig B40 brewer and you are in for around $150.  Lots of ways to combo this.
  • Maybe throw in some Kona blend from Hawaii?

Where can I get it:

  • Links to Amazon above and below offer free shipping!

Ekobrew Cup, Refillable Cup For Keurig K-Cup Brewers, Brown, 1-Count

Free Beneath is The Best Surfer Hoodie

20 Feb
Free Beneath Surfer Hoodie

Best Surfer Hoodie - Free Beneath Men's Surfer Robe - $139

I got one of these for Valentine’s Day last year, and to this day it’s my absolute favorite article of clothing EVER!  Lots of people have tried to make something like this over the years, but most of them look like something out of a bad spaghetti western.  Free Beneath came up with a stylish, comfortable and functional hoodie that makes it a breeze to change into and out of your wetsuit.  No more flashing the crown jewels at innocent passersby.

It’s a little pricey, but I am telling you that the surfer that receives this will love it.

Who is it for?

  • Surfers in colder climates that need to change into a wetsuit either in the parking lot or the beach.
  • Surfers that are comfortable sporting a full length hoodie robe and constantly answering the “Dude! Where can I get one of those things?” questions.

How much is it?

  • $139 as of this writing

Where can I get it?

From the Free Beneath Website:

For the active California surfer. We specifically designed this robe for anyone who wakes up at 4 AM in the morning to catch the perfect set of waves.

The surfer robe fabric is specially knitted for FreeBeneath in California. The robe is a 80% cotton/ 20% polyester fabric blend made to absorb moisture and dry quickly. Perfect for the beach!

This robe features a full hood.

Sizes:  M-L (42-46) and XL (46-50) and Long (52″) X-Long (55″)

via Free Beneath

This writer on top of an RV shoveling snow in mid-Feb in Mammoth. Damn this thing is warm.

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