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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.

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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.

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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.
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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.

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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.

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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

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Surfboard mount from GoPro


The Bobber – Floating Hand Grip for GoPro® HERO Cameras

Best Surfer Gifts – New Beach Boys Album

6 Jul

Surfers love The Beach Boys. What’s not to love?  All-time harmonies, chill melodies, and relevant lyrics that eventually call out our favorite surf spots.  Doheny and San Onofre are two of mine.  They’re covered.  I always wondered why they left out Trestles.  Maybe it was a secret spot back then?  Anyway…

When The Beach Boys issued their press release about an upcoming album and world tour to celebrate their 50th Anniversary, I was filled with dread and trepidation.  Who wasn’t?  Another washed up band from way ago trying to cash in.  How bad were they going to sound?

Then they show up on the Grammy’s, and with the help from about 20 other voices to help cover up what surely was their lack of remaining ability to harmonize, they squeaked out a compilation of old tunes.  I was further discouraged.  Maybe the new album was going to be another “best of” compilation?  Who needs that? We all own all the Beach Boys music ever made?

So when the album finally showed up on Amazon.com for $5.00 on a download, I decided to take the risk.  And was rewarded with goosebumps.  How could the Beach Boys, geriatric in the truest sense of the word, possibly sound this good after 50-years?

The harmonies are perfect, the lyrics are magical, and the music is tight. The songs range from classic 60’s pop in ‘That’s Why God Made the Radio’, ‘Isn’t It Time’, and ‘Spring Vacation’, (an ode to the band getting back together), to the currently insightful ‘The Private Life of Bill and Sue’ where they contemplate reality television, to the more reflective and slower ‘From There to Back Again’, ‘Pacific Coast Highway’ and ‘Summer’s Gone’.  The latter three songs at the end of the album seem to satisfy the music snobs of the world that actually think Brian Wilson’s ‘Smile” album was a work of genius, and not the last gasps of a brilliant man slipping into the firm grip of insanity.  Barn Animals?  Really? But nevertheless, he has obviously managed to regain his faculties and has produced a masterpiece.  Get it now at the link below.

Amazon price at time of this writing:

Audio CD – $11.88

That’s Why God Made the Radio

MP3 Download – $7.99

That’s Why God Made the Radio

Monopoly – surf edition

20 Mar

How does a surfer pass the time between swells? Ding repair, poker, drinking beers and playing Monopoly Surf Edition! This new take on the venerable classic is a great way to pass hours of downtime with friends.

Features include:

  • Monopoly Surf Edition Includes 22 of the hottest surfing destinations from around the world, including Pipeline and Teahupoo
  • Created in partnership with Surfrider Foundation and surf photographer Jeff Divine
  • Surfing-specific pewter tokens include a surfer, beach cruiser, woodie, flip flop, shark, and surf wax
Who’s it for?  
  • Anyone who likes playing games
  • Old school monopoly fans who surf
  • Anyone going on a surf trip who will have lots of downtime between sessions
How much is it and where do I get it?
  • As of this posting it’s only $18 at Amazon.com.
  • Click the link below to check it out.

MONOPOLY: Surfing Edition – click to go to Amazon.com for the best price.

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 Amazon.com 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

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