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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

Surfer Magazine – Unconventional Wisdom

3 Mar
Patagonia Founder Yvon Chouinard’s Candid Perspective on Life and Surf

 

Yves Chouinard is a legend.  As the founder of Patagonia, he’s influences surfing, environmentalism, and adventure sports.  And he’s one cool dude.

Surfing Magazine recently interviewed him.  A couple of my favorite quotes from the interview, which you can link to below.

“Sure, it’s a consumer society, but you don’t have to be part of it. I hardly ever spend any money. Consumerism is just people trying to make themselves happy by consuming. And that’s wrong. Doesn’t work.”

“I just live right now. You ask me about the past, you ask me about the future, the only way to be happy is to be living right now.”

“Personally, I try to lead a simple life. I don’t walk around with my hat on backward looking like a surfer. My Patagonia clothing, some of it is 20 years old. Just because I have a clothing company doesn’t mean I have closets and closets of brand new clothes.”

Unconventional Wisdom via Surfer Magazing

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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