With surfing being one of the most popular water sports in the world, chances are: you know someone who is a surfer.
If you’re looking for a great gift for that surfer but you’re not entirely certain what to get, look no further.
We’ve put together a guide for the top 18 gift ideas for surfers, as well as some features to keep an eye out for. These gift ideas are suitable for both men and women.
Features That Makes Good Gift Ideas For Surfers
This feature sort of goes without saying. Surfing is an activity done in the water. As such, anything meant to be used by a surfer should, at the very least, be decently water resistant.
Even the coolest gadget will get left at home by your giftee if it can’t stand up to a little moisture.
Size And Weight
Usually, surfers don’t bring giant luggage bags along with them to the beach when they plan to catch some waves.
As such, if your present is something meant to be brought along by your giftee, it will have to be compact enough to justify bringing along.
Items that are meant to be worn during surfing should also be fairly lightweight.
Durability And Quality
This goes for getting a gift for any type of person. Something that falls apart easily speaks of lack of effort and just screams “poor taste”.
Buying something of good quality and that will last a good many uses is always ideal.
Type Of Surfing
Does your giftee use longboards or shortboards? While this doesn’t matter for most gifts, if you are buying items that need to fit properly on or around a surfboard, you will need to know in order for your present to be usable.
Few things are more awkward than giving a gift to someone that they just can’t use at all.
Top 18 Gift Ideas For Surfers
1. Leatherman 831852 Thruster Stainless Steel Surf Pocket Multi-Tool
The Leatherman 831852 Thruster Stainless Steel Surf Pocket Multi-Tool is a multitool designed specifically for surfers.
It features all the tools a surfer might need while out on the waves or when preparing for a surf.
This multitool is TSA-approved and has a rubber bit holder to keep tools neatly in place. It also has a lanyard hole for easy attachment and carrying.
2. Naked Surf Original Minimalist Surfboard Wall Rack
The Naked Surf Original Minimalist Surfboard Wall Rack is a minimalist storage solution that can easily hold up any surfboard for home or office display.
It features padded protection so surfboards placed on the rack do not suffer pressure damage.
This wall rack is made from heavy-duty aluminum so it can resist potential damage and wear and tear.
It is highly easy to install and can be set up quickly and easily.
3. H2ODYSSEY Max 2mm Webbed Paddle Glove
The H2ODYSSEY Max 2mm Webbed Paddle Glove is a handy glove that can be used to tread water through one’s hands more effectively.
It measures 2mm in thickness and has a webbed design for better use in the water.
This glove is made with a lycra back and a sharkskin palm, and it attaches easily with a velcro strap. It comes in four sizes.
4. Pickle Wax The Remover with Wax Comb
The Pickle Wax The Remover with Wax Comb is a high-quality item that is made durably for long-lasting use.
It works to easily remove wax from any surfboard or to rough that wax for further surfing.
This wax remover and comb are designed ergonomically in order to be easy to hold and use, without any issues with softness or hardness thanks to its mix of flexibility and sturdiness.
5. Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life
Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life is an amazing autobiographical book that was on Barack Obama’s Summer Reading List of 2016, and also won the Pulitzer Prize for its category in 2016.
It tells the tale of William Finnegan and his love, obsession, and lifestyle centered around surfing.
This autobiography tells tales of adventure, history, and coming of age, and it is an incredible read for any surf-lover.
It shows exactly how the incredible art of surfing was mastered by this one man, who made the sport his entire life.
6. PAMGEA Surfboard Sock Cover
The PAMGEA Surfboard Sock Cover is an excellent, simple bag designed to easily protect a surfboard so it can be carried and moved around without fear of damage.
It uses stretch fabric to prevent UV ray damage as well as any scratches and scrapes, and it has a padded nose area as well.
This sock cover has three sizes for different types of surfboards, and its light color means it won’t overheat the board.
Plus, it’s a great way to protect surfaces from the wax from a surfboard.
7. RinseKit Portable Outdoor Shower
When someone is done surfing, they may be inclined to go for a quick shower.
The RinseKit Portable Outdoor Shower provides this easily. It allows for up to two gallons of water to be held, and it can be used for both cold or hot water.
At its full capacity, it provides a pressurized spray for around 3 minutes, with 7 spray settings to choose from.
This portable shower uses a foldable handle so it can be carried easily, and it has a lid that can be used to stand on for quick changing without wetting the floor. It fills quickly, too.
8. Santa Barbara Surfing SBS No Tool Stainless Steel Fin Screw
The Santa Barbara Surfing SBS No Tool Stainless Steel Fin Screw is a special fin screw that requires no tools to be used.
It is compatible with most standard surfboards and types (except for the Naish and Starboard Paddleboards) and is easy to use with board fin boxes.
This fin screw is made from rust-proof 316 stainless steel for safe water use, and it comes in an economical two-pack.
9. GoPro HERO5 Session Waterproof Digital Action Camera for Travel
For surfers who want to take footage of their fun adventures, look no further than the GoPro HERO5 Session Waterproof Digital Action Camera for Travel. It is waterproof up to 10 meters and takes 10 mp pixels with a 4:3 aspect ratio.
It works through a single shutter button that provides a photo and video recordings.
This GoPro HERO5 is the perfect gift for a surfer if you have the cash to blow.
It comes with a simple user manual and an installation manual so your giftee will know how to get started.
10. Underwater Kinetics Unisex HangAir Power Fan Wetsuit Hanger
Drying off wetsuits can be fairly tough. But with the Underwater Kinetics Unisex HangAir Power Fan Wetsuit Hanger, the job becomes much simpler.
It works for virtually any kind of wetsuit or other heavy protective clothing and can dry them within mere hours, compared to the typically required days.
This wetsuit hanger has a high-power waterproof fan that blows an impressive 120 cubic feet per minute in the air.
It prevents odor development and uses a safe low voltage power supply through the included cord. It also uses wide shoulder construction to prevent creases and tears in the fabric.
11. SeaSpecs Classic Extreme Sports 100% UVA & UVB Sunglasses
The SeaSpecs Classic Extreme Sports 100% UVA & UVB Sunglasses are polarized extreme sports sunglasses with special patented SeaSpecs Lenses that provide 100% protection against the sun’s harmful rays.
These grey lenses meet all standards that apply in most countries.
This pair of sunglasses use a simple adjustable strap that is secure and comfy and can be maneuvered with one hand.
It comes in 7 colors and has ventilated frames that wrap around easily for full protection.
12. Ho Stevie! Durable Wetsuit Changing Mat and Waterproof Dry-Bag
Wetsuits are far from cheap, so protecting them is crucial for any surfers.
The Ho Stevie! Durable Wetsuit Changing Mat and Waterproof Dry-Bag is perfect for this job. The changing mat prevents dirt from getting onto a wetsuit while changing, as well as preventing the floor from becoming wet.
Once done, the wetsuit can be easily placed into the waterproof dry-bag and carried around without fear of the dampness leaking out.
Both the mat and bag are highly durable and portable, and they come with a 30-day satisfaction guarantee.
13. SEAT SAVER Waterproof Removable Universal Car Bucket Seat Cover
There’s nothing worse than hopping into one’s car after surfing and winding up dampening the seats and rendering them damp and smelly.
With the SEAT SAVER Waterproof Removable Universal Car Bucket Seat Cover, that won’t happen.
This seat cover is made from a PVC layer for waterproof features as well as a second layer made from polyester for comfortable seating.
It comes in 5 colors, comes off and on in seconds, is washable, and fits any car.
14. Docs’s Pro Plugs Surfing Vented Ear Plugs
The Docs’s Pro Plugs Surfing Vented Ear Plugs are designed with a good material that does not obstruct the ear canal, instead of fitting into the ear’s auricle for maximum safety.
These earplugs are designed to protect against surfer’s ear. On top of that, they are used officially by the USSF National Surf Team, a true testament to their quality.
15. Sharkbanz 2 Magnetic Shark Repellent Band
Sharks are a serious concern of surfers who surf in more dangerous waters.
The Sharkbanz 2 Magnetic Shark Repellent Band can help to keep them at bay and provide peace of mind to your giftee.
This shark repellent band emits a specially designed electromagnetic field that keeps sharks away from the general area.
It comes in a simple soft silicone band and uses a stainless steel clasp, and it is water resistant up to 330 feet. Plus, no batteries needed!
16. Dakine Daylight Surf Thruster Bag
The Dakine Daylight Surf Thruster Bag is a carrying bag for a surfboard designed to be heavy duty, water resistant, and heat resistant thanks to its tarpaulin material.
It is made with a coil zipper and a ¼” foam padding that protects the surfboard within.
This bag comes in a few different sizes in order to fit most boards, and it even has an extra pocket for wax or fins.
17. Open Road Goods Surf Kit
The Open Road Goods Surf Kit is an essential travel kit for any surfer.
It includes plenty of storage space and comes with plenty of handy standard items, including surf wax, a wax comb with a bottle opener and fin key, a 100% natural sunscreen stick and 100% natural lip balm.
This surf kit is designed in a stylish clutch bag that keeps its contents cool, preventing wax melting, and it’s perfect for a day of surfing.
18. NRS Aquapac Keymaster
The NRS Aquapac Keymaster is a 10” by 3” bag designed to store valuables and keep them safe from water.
It is 100% waterproof and rated at IPX8, allowing it to keep submerged up to 5 meters for 30 minutes.
This keymaster is designed to protect all sorts of small items, especially electronic key fobs.