Dorian “Doc” Paskowitz just celebrated his 93rd birthday. He’s still vibrant, active and quick as a whip. Doc was recently ranked by The Inertia website as the 4th most influential surfer of all time, behind Duke, Miki Dora and Kelly Slater. Doc wrote a book called Surfing and Health, which is a no-bullshit text on how to live and keep surfing until you’re as old as he is. When we are younger and working our asses off to make a living, many of us wish we could surf more. When we are old and have all the time in the world, will we regret not taking better care of our bodies so we can waste away our golden years surfing? Get the book at Amazon. Surfing and Health
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
There’s a great Kickstarter campaign running that I think my subscribers will like. It’s for a game called Low Tide Toss. Check out the video. More after the break…
The kit comes with balls, rings to make goals in the sand, stakes and ropes to define the field, a rake to smooth out the sand and mesh carry bag. It’s going to retail for around $50, but you can pre-order through KickStarter for only $30 ($25 if you hurry and get one of the ten remaining First Edition deals).
This is a great alternative to bocce, smashball, and the stupid cornhole game (sorry rednecks, just teasing – I actually dominate that game).
They are planning to make this in the US. So back a great idea, feel good about helping somebody’s dream come true, and be the first person on your beach playing Low Tide Toss.
I will do a full review when I get mine, (and yeah, I got one of those sweet $25 First Editions. Check it out at this link: Low Tide Toss Kickstarter
Came across this today and really like a couple things about it. First it’s inexpensive – less than $20. It has some essential tools built in like a fin screw and wax comb, (but honestly most of us have tons of those), a surf leash hook (so you can get that stupid string out of the fin box – can’t tell you how many cursewords I’ve uttered trying to do that without a tool), an allen wrench and screwdrivers. But what I really like is that they didn’t include a knife, which means I can take it with me in my backpack when I fly. I have not been able to take a swiss army knife for years when flying, but The Tool fixes that.
Who’s it for: Anyone who surfs, but especially if they travel
How much is it? Under $20
Get it at Amazon.com by following this link
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.
- 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
- 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
- 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.
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!