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
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
OK, I can’t believe this is available. But through our friends at Zozi you can buy an all day surf lesson with big wave charger and smoking hot surfer Maya Gabeira. Maya has won 5 Billabong XXL awards for those that aren’t aware, as well as Best Female Action Sports Athlete at the 2009 ESPY’s. She rode the biggest wave ever by a woman at Dungeons in South Africa in 2009. So she’s got the cred to teach anyone short of Kelly. If you gift this to someone, they will be your BFF guaranteed.
What You Get
- Hand’s on surfing instruction from a big wave surf champ, Red Bull athlete and zozi Guru – Maya Gabeira.
- Three hour small group surf lesson, followed by a long, leisurely lunch with Maya.
- Friendly environment for beginning surfers, skill development for experienced riders.
- Instruction starts on shore covering surf basics, then moves to the water for two 90 minute lessons.
- Guidance on paddling, balance, wave selection and timing.
- Surfboard rental and custom zozi rash guard included.
- Post-surf lunch and cocktails with Maya at the Shore’s Restaurant, a beachfront cantina.
What You Won’t Get
- The poise, confidence and skill to charge like Maya, but you WILL get better.
Surf Diva (Provider)
2160 Avenida de la Playa
San Diego, CA 92037
- Spend a day with surfing legend Maya Gabeira, learning essential surf basics to get you riding like a pro.
- On the shores of La Jolla Beach, meet, learn and surf with Maya, as well as one of California’s most reputable surf instruction companies, Surf Diva.
- Maya caters the surf session to your ability, providing feedback while in the water. She’ll get you dropping in on waves perfect for those new to surfing.
- Take breaks on the beach under a sun canopy. Hydrate, stretch out, then tackle another set.
- Post surf session, head to the Shores Restaurant for an oceanview lunch and refreshing margaritas.
- On the patio, chill with Maya while she shares stories of what it’s like to travel the globe in search of the world’s biggest waves.
Get it at this link and save $10.
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.
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 www.dsurfblog.com/ They surf, travel and look like they’re having a blast.
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?
- 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