Not that surfers need any more gear scattered around, rolling around the truck beds/trunks of their cars or hanging loose in their carefree pockets. While many seafarers prefer to lead a minimalist life, these day-to-day, wave-to-wave essentials are worth having on hand — ensuring you’re always prepared for an impromptu paddle-out at the drop of the hat or tide. Just don’t forget your surfboard.
The Critical Slide Society X Monster Children Bottle
TCSS is “a slippery little creature wrestled from the minds, pencils, and sketchbooks of a small few in Australia and the United States.” The laser-etched, stainless steel 600ml drink bottle comes in Midnight Black with a matte enamel finish. But beyond its sharp looks, this transient capsule can be carried by carabiner or hand and is fully insulated to keep your agua at favorable quench temp — ensuring you and your salty head stay hydrated during long-winded Zoom calls or after a sun-soaked, ass-kicking surf.
SlowTide All-Day Quick-Dry Towel
These quick-dry towels are the main squeeze companion to take on any adventure, near or far. Made from 100% post-consumer waste and recycled materials — primarily plastic water bottles — the towel remains highly absorbent, fast-drying, and sand-free for when it comes time to toss it back in the car after a feet and face wipe down. The compact and ultra-lightweight material also makes it super efficient for folding up and taking anywhere with you, while the drawcord loop allows you to roll it up neatly and throw it under your arm.
Salt & Stone SPF30 Lip Balm
An all-natural chapstick to apply before and after a saltwater session protects your pucker with Non-Nano Zinc Oxide broad-spectrum sunscreen from external factors such as the sun (UV rays), saltwater, and wind. Rich in antioxidants and a hydrating equation of shea butter, sweet almond oil, and bisabolol, this balm does the trick to regenerate, soften and soothe those crispy kissers after exposure to said elements. Plus, no thick or sticky white residue lingering on your lips with this one.
YEW! Your Environment’s Wax Surf Wax
You gotta love a nifty acronym. And YEW’s surely pleases the eco-conscious surf hippie. Handmade in California from pure beeswax and all-natural, clean ingredients, this golden nug fights colony collapse and helps save the bee populations. The high-performance wax is not only super easy to apply — which is great for base coats — but is also long lasting and super grippy so you can throw those airs and hang those tens.
MANDA Organic Paw Paw Salve
Formulated for surfers by surfers to stay on longer and protect against wind, water, and sweat, MANDA is a worthy suncare solution for active people in the harshest conditions. Utilizing food-grade and organic ingredients, MANDA’s sun paste contains no harmful toxins, chemicals, or synthetics — making it skin and reef safe. But most notable is the updated packaging, which now includes a mirror inside the cap for convenient, on-the-spot application.
Alton Surf Fin Key
Fasten to your keychain thanks to this key loop design, or throw in your bag, wetsuit pocket, or wherever you tend to stash your fin key. This one includes a snap-on cap for protection and its stainless steel hex key works on most any fin type.
FK Surf Wax Comb/Bottle Opener
In terms of surf hardware, this crafty one takes the cake — a wax comb and a bottle opener, all in one. Pop a cap off and indulge in a breezy brew as you sit to scrape the long-overdue layering of wax build-up on your board.
BruMate Hopsulator BOTT’L Insulated Bottle Cooler
Speaking of bottles, here’s something to keep ‘em cold, and keep ‘em discreet. Whether tossing them back on the beach after charging all afternoon, or back at the digs on the couch watching a surf film, the Hopsulator guarantees to keep all of your favorite US 12oz bottled beer at crushable temperatures all day and night. Not that we’re expecting you to nurse it very long anyway.
GoPro MAX 360 Camera
Compact and light as can be for everyday transit, GoPro’s MAX 360 is three cameras in one — making it all kinds of convenient and effective for capturing moments in and/or out of the water. Shoot single-lens with traditional HERO-style video and photos, or capture immersive 360 footage in 6K4. GoPro also integrated MAX with unbreakable, cinematic-like stabilization — ensuring the playbacks of you tip-toeing to the nose, racing to the next section or hauling ass through a barrel silky-smooth. Keep on your person at all times for those inevitable moments worth sharing by Vlog or live stream on social, using the shotgun-mic performance and front-facing screen.
Cholula Single Serve Hot Sauce Packets
Because every surfer is known to dabble in a taco or two post paddle out. This is in case of emergencies if your local runs out of the must-have hot stuff. Be prepared, stay stoked.