My wife had San Clemente surf and music legend Joshua Paskowitz recreate my favorite GoPro surf shot into an amazing 4×3 foot masterpiece on canvas for my 50th birthday. I have to admit it’s one of the best gifts I’ve ever received. I’m not talking about blowing up the photo onto canvas. Joshua puts an impressionist spin on his art which makes them museum worthy pieces. He can do small ones for a fee hundred dollars or giant ones like this run a few thousand. But for a one of a kind artwork from a member of what NY Times called “The first family of surfing”, it is a real value if you’re looking for a special gift. For more information go to the AlohaDoc Website.
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.
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 bumbleandbumble.com.
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.
Swell.com 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
- I’m not a guitar player. I am learning to play the ukulele, but frankly I have not been consistent enough. I seem to be learning the same three chords over and over again. But my son plays well, and he has always wanted one of these.
In lieu of a personal review, I’m linking to a well written review of the Washburn Resonator from the Daily Stoke.
The review is on the electric version (Washburn 45RCE), which currently lists for $499 at Amazon. I think you could get away with the acoustic version (R15RCE), which is a hundred bucks cheaper.
Check it our here at the Daily Stoke.
Then buy it with the link below at Amazon.com for the best price