33 Best gifts for surfers in 2021

This guide will help you get original ideas about gifts for surfers

Trying to figure out what to gifts to get for your surfer friend for family member and just don’t know what to get them?

These gifts for surfers are things every surfer will appreciate and use again and again. Essentially, these are gifts for surfers you can't go wrong with.

Here are our best ideas of gifts for surfers.

Handmade gifts for surfers

When giving any kind of gift, you can't go wrong with anything handmade. The following selection of gifts for surfers are unique and original.

She Hit Pause Fine Art Surf Photography Prints

She Hit Pause is the work of musician turned artist, Matt Schwartz. Schwartz creates his signature style of images with Polaroids, Mixed Media, Experiments and Film. His current collection of work consists of Japan, Costa Rica, Brazil, Portugal, Peru, Ecuador, Nicaragua,The Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, NY and California.

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Sagebrush Board Bags

Sagebrush Board Bags are built for adventures, surf trips and daily beach goings. Putting an end to delam bubbles, messy surf wax in all the wrong places, and transit-provoked dings.

As an entirely environmentally-minded brand, everything is handmade with the Earth as the highest priority. The coffee bean sacks are from an organic, fair trade coffee roaster, and the outer fabric is remnant or vintage, ensuring limited runs of each style.

Sagebrush Board Bags are eye-catching in comparison to the solid-color board sock. They're sturdy enough to keep up with the adventures and recklessness that often go hand-in-hand with a surf trip. The first board bag we ever made has survived Hawaii, Baja, Oregon, and a 21-mile hike…and it’s still holding up fine.

Designed and sewn in sunny Southern California, we hope your board bag can be enjoyed upwards and outwards as a trusty companion to your quiver.

See collection at SagebrushBags.com

Affordable gifts for surfers under $50

There are a log of options for gifts for surfers out there. To give you an idea or price ranges, surfboards can easily cost over $1000 and quality wetsuits generally start at $250. We put this list of gifts for surfers to help you quickly figure out what to get that special surfer someone close to you.

Christmas Shoppers Look No Further. Everything listed in the below guide is available for sale at our online surf shop as well as our two retail locations.

Wetsuit shampoo

Clean and condition expensive wetsuits, drysuits and other neoprene gear; washes away organic residue, chlorine and salt. Extend suit life by keeping neoprene supple and fresh while keeping colors bright; prevents premature aging and oxidation. Use this gentle wash on booties, gloves, fishing waders, GORE-TEX fabrics and Lycra body wear; available in 10 fl oz pouch. Restores all types of watersports gear with a concentrated formula that’s good for up to 10 washes

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Surf Wax

Every surfer is always misplacing or using up their surf wax. Help them out by stocking them up so they're always ready to surf. Sticky bumps surf wax is our favorite.

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Surf Wax Full Kit

If you want to go a step further than just getting surf wax, you can gift the full kit. Includes a Futures fin key (something most surfers are misplacing), four bars of Sticky Bumps wax (base, cool and 2 Bars of tropical wax) plus a Flexcomb to clean your board. It also included a Fireball wax remover to get wax off the board.

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Open Roads Surf Essentials Case

This clean looking case is perfect for surfers who want to keep their surf basics in the car at all times. This kit and case comes with Sticky Bumps surf wax, alongside a wax comb (handy surf scraper with fin key). What's great is that it comes with a separate surf wax container area, specifically designed to help reduce wax melt and wax leak at higher temperatures

All encompassed in a groovy clutch bag with a water resistant outer (and an additional stash pocket for parking change, hair ties, or lucky charms).

Everything you need for a great day of surf, and nothing less

Water Resistant SPF 50 Organic Sunscreen Face Stick (skin toned, rubs in clear) and SPF 15 All Natural Lip Balm. Both made with 100% natural ingredients right here in the USA.

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Ho Stevie! Durable Wetsuit Changing Mat/Waterproof Dry-Bag for Surfers

Changing mats that convert into a dry bag makes the end of any surf session easy. Taking care of your wetsuit is important, using a changing mat will help protect the soft neoprene of a wetsuit from rough ground surfaces. As a bonus, once you’re out of your wetsuit you can close it up and it morphs into a water-resistant bag.

Wetsuits are expensive, and they deteriorate much faster when rubbed with dirt and debris. Changing on this mat prevents your suit from getting dirty, thus extending its life. After you change out of your wet wetsuit, tighten the drawstring on the mat, and it turns into a dry bag! No more wet, smelly car after you surf.

Fabricated with lightweight yet strong waterproof material (new, more durable material for 2019), the mat measures 29 inches across when laid out flat. Storage bag included for when mat is not being used.

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Traction Pad

Traction Pads are place on the tail of a surfboard (typically a shortboard). They improve the grip which allows the surfer to make more extreme maneuvers. However, once they're stuck on they don't come off easily. So make sure the surfer you're getting this for doesn't have a traction pad already on their board. Most shortboarders use a traction pad. If they buy a lot of boards, they'll really like this.

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Surf leash

Every surfer needs at least one leash per board they own. Constantly transferring leashes from board to board gets annoying after a while. Many surfers don’t have a backup leash. Surf leashes are always a welcome gifts for surfers.

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Changing Poncho

A changing poncho is a handy piece of gear as it makes changing in and out of a wetsuit a little more discrete and a lot warmer than a towel.

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Wetsuit Glue

Wetsuits see a lot of action. Rips and tears will happen. This wetsuit glue will easily put off the need of a new wetsuit purchase for months and months. Even if your wetsuit has a warranty, sometimes the waiting a few weeks while your wetsuit is getting fixed is out of the question. Wetsuit glue means you make any repair quickly and be back in the water withing 24 hours.

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Surfboard Carry Strap

Carrying a longboard for any distance can be tiresome. Especially if you have to hike any hills or stairs with it. If you know  a surfer who thinks their board gets heavy, or it's complicated for them to reach their arm around the board to get a good grip. This is a great gift.

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Tie Down Surfboard Car Straps

These are essential if you have a car, van, or SUV. Easy to use padded cinch straps that will hold your precious surfboards down tight. Super durable, all-weather, long-lasting, and affordable. Every surfer with a vehicle needs a set of these.

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COR Surf Aero Roof Rack Pad

Similar to the tie downs above, these tie downs also include pads to put on the car racks to protect the surfboard (and roof).

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Surfboard Ding Repair

For the do-it-yourself types out there this is a great gift. When you get a ding in your board and it’s taking on water, you don’t want to wait a week for the local guy to repair it. Fix it up yourself and you’ll be back in the water the next day. More time surfing makes for a happier surfer.

Note: These repair kits come in Epoxy or Polyester so double-check the board’s construction before using.

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Just like surf wax, surfers will always need sunscreen. Especially for their faces. Unfortunately, more sunscreens are full of chemicals and other ingredients that are too complicated to pronounce. Surf Durt is a reef safe and overall, human safe sunscreen for surfers.

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Pickle Wax Remover

Very easy to use, I usually find that I can use this on 1 longboard and 1 shortboard before it's no longer able to be used. It's got a fun design and comes with a little sticker and a wax comb. Definitely something to use outside, or with some sort of covering under the board as small grains of sand will get out litter the floor. It's always a nice feeling to have a completely clean board, and these wax removers are an important part of that job

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Slowtide Towels

Every surfer needs a towel. Slowtide creatively merges the world of art and design with high-quality, functional towels. Functional, meaning these were design for surfers to use these for drying off and changing in. These towels are pretty much the only towel designed with surfers in mind.

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Sex Wax Air Freshener

A surfer favorite. These air fresheners will fill the air of any car or room with a tropical ambiance. The Coconut smell is the best you'll find anywhere.

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Fin Wallet

A fin wallet is a perfect way to keep track of your fin sets. Fin wallets come with slots to hold various sets of fins and also can hold the items that everybody is always losing like fin keys, leash ties, and fin screws. A good tool to stay organized and prepared at home or on a surf trip.

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The Finpuller

Save your hands, fins and boxes with the fin removal & installation Tool from FINPULLER, a must have for every surfer.

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Hang Pro Slide Wetsuit Hanger

Wetsuits take a while to dry. They take even longer when you don't have a wetsuit hanger. This wetsuit hanger helps wetsuits dry over night before the next morning surf session. Nothing worse than putting on a cold, damp wetsuit from the day before

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Slightly more expensive gifts for surfers

The Ocean Warrior (Breath-holding Course)

If you’re looking for a surfer gift that will keep on giving, then we suggest getting the Ocean Warrior 2.0 breathing course.

Catching and riding huge waves will become much easier once you learn the incredible tips and tricks on breathing taught by professional big wave surfer, Mark Visser. This online course covers safety, water, land and realistic courses for you or your loved one to enjoy.

Conquer the monster waves with greater stealth and knowledge under your belt. This is a terrific gift for someone who is really seeking to improve on their surfing skills and grow confidence in the water.

Learn more at theoceanwarrior.com

Casio G-Shock waterproof watch

Having a waterproof diving watch is a huge bonus for every surfer. You can dive headfirst into the deep, without any worry about your watch not being able to handle the water pressure. While not the prettiest, the Casio G-Shock is a classic and trusted waterproof watch. With over 11,000+ positive reviews on Amazon, it's a surely appreciated gift for surfers.

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Surf Backpacks

Surfer need a lot of gear. If they are surfing an surf spot that requires a small hike, then a surf backpack will be much appreciated. This bag can carry a board up to 8 feet long.

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Sharkbanz (Shark Repellant)

If you're figuring out a gift for a surfer who could possible find themselves in the surf with sharks, then this gift for surfers will provide shark protection. SHARKBANZ 2 is a scientifically tested, efficient and sleek shark band that will provide protection to any surfer.

Turning sharks away with a sophisticated electromagnetic forcefield emitted by the band.

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Wetsuit Changing Mat to Stand On

This might be one of the most overlooked surfing essentials. A wetsuit changing mat will revolutionize your or friend’s surfing experience. It’s as simple as standing on the Cor Surf Wetsuit Changing Mat, taking off your wetsuit, and then stepping off of it.

Your wetsuit can then conveniently be packed away in a drawstring bag that is easy to put in your backpack or carry with you. This means your wetsuit no longer has to be damaged by sand or dirt, and it won’t be leaving big wet patches on your car seat, either.

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Surf Tide Watches

Surf watches let surfers know exactly what the surf conditions are like every single day.

Check out our guide on surf watches

GoPro Hero 7

GoPros are the best action cam for surfers. Proven again and again to function well in a sports setting in the water. This is the perfect surf gift for every type of surfer. Give any surfer you know the ability to record their best surfing moments.

Yes, even in 2021 we recommend the older model of the GoPro 7. It's the only model where you can replace the lens.

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Surf Books

No matter who

See our epic guide to the best surf books every surfer should read

World Surf Map

You can get a completely hand illustrated map showing every surf spot in the world. Yes, every surf spot in the world, on one map. What else is cool, is that you can buy the map as poster, a towel, a folded brochure, and many other types of products. Even as a poncho!

Buy on Awesome-Maps.com

Aquapac Key Master

A completely waterproof case to protect your car keys, cash and other small items if you're in or near the water. Take your valuables with you – even underwater. Yes, it's 100% waterproof. Tested to the IPX8 standard, which means it'll withstand continuous immersion to a depth of 165 feet / 50 metres. Supplied with an adjustable lanyard

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Indo Balance Board

The Iconic Indo Board Original has been the Balance Board Of Choice for more National, World and Olympic Champions in virtually every sport than all other Balance Boards combined.

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Last thoughts about gifts for surfers

We hope that you have a better idea of what to get for yourself or the surfers in your life. All of these surf gear and tools will improve every moment spent out in the ocean, preparing to surf, and everything in between.

We hope you enjoy finding the ideal gifts for surfers.

Book Your Surf Trip: Logistical Tips and Tricks

Book your flight
Find a cheap flight by using Google Flights. They are our favorite search engine because they search websites and airlines around the globe so you always know you're getting the best flight.

Book your surf hotel or surf accommodation
You can book a really unique and local place with AirBnB anywhere in the world. We used it recently in Sri Lanka to book a place withing a 3 minute walk to a surf break. If you want to stay somewhere other than an AirBnB, use Booking.com, as they consistently return the cheapest rates for guesthouses and hotels.

Don’t forget travel insurance
Travel insurance will protect you against illness, injury, surf gear theft, and cancellations. Basically, you get protection in case anything goes wrong. I never go on a surf trip without it. We’ve been using World Nomads for close to ten years now.

Protect your personal data
When you travel, you're constantly logging into public Wi-Fi. VPNs are designed to protect all of your Internet traffic. This includes email, streaming music and video, voice calls, and anything else you can think of. We use ExpressVPN when we're on a surf trip.

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Check out our resource page for the best companies to use when you travel! I list all those I use — and they’ll save you time and money too!