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Finding the Perfect Gift for a Surfer

Updated on June 14, 2015

A gift guide for what to buy for people who love surfing

Buying gifts for someone who loves to spend their hours chasing waves can be difficult if you are not a beach lover yourself. I have put together a list of items that my 18 year old nephew who lives to surf has on his Christmas list.

Surfing books, magazines and DVDs can make great gifts to help pass cold wet winters. Equipment that simplifies heading to the beach is always appreciated and anything that makes a day in the water safer has got to be good.

I hope there is something to simplify your Christmas, Valentines or birthday shopping here.

My Top 5 Gifts

Here is a selection of the most popular and affordable surf gifts I have given.

The Surfer's Swiss Army Knife - Everything you could need at your fingertips

The tool is made from sturdy material and has a lifetime warranty. With a wax comb, Allen key, Philips head and a tool to change fins. This is by far the most popular gift I have ever given to a surfer.

For the traveller - 50 Places to Ride Before You Die

Basically a bucket list for board-riders this book is like a travel guide to the best waves in the world. It is full of practical information on how to get there, when to go and insider information. Covers all the world's oceans so you can surf from Sydney to San Sebastian. The photography is amazing, this is the perfect book for days when dreaming of surfing is all they can manage.

The Pilgrimage: 50 Places to Surf Before You Die
The Pilgrimage: 50 Places to Surf Before You Die

There are lots more surfing books on Amazon.


How about a subscription to a Magazine - the gift they can enjoy all year round

This is a great idea for younger surfers who can not afford to fork out for a magazine each month on limited pocket money. This title is full of reviews of surf spots and surf products along with lots of great photography.

Super Comfortable padded strap - And a safe place to store your keys

This strap comes in 3 different sizes and solves the age old problem of where to store your keys while you surf.

Get the latest cool ride - A Santa Cruz Skate Land Shark

When the weather turns cold there is no reason to give up life on a board. This Santa Cruz cruiser skateboard is designed to be fast and fun. Great for trick and hills. True in style to the skateboards of old, this longboard turns heads with its aesthetic design. It's lightweight and designed by the people who bring you the amazing Santa Cruz surfboards.

These boards are great fun and will only improve balance and athletic ability.

Santa Cruz Skate Land Shark Sk8 Powerply Complete Skateboard, 8.8 x 27.7 - Inches
Santa Cruz Skate Land Shark Sk8 Powerply Complete Skateboard, 8.8 x 27.7 - Inches

This board has a 7-ply deck with 65mm Road Rider 78a wheels. It measures 27.7 x 8.8 inches.

Find more skateboards on Amazon.


The Go Pro Hero waterproof camera - to photograph their best rides

If your budget is not as limited as mine consider a Go Pro style camera. This allows them to capture the perfect wave for all eternity, relive those rides over the winter or learn to improve by watching how they ride.

Is there a surfer in your family? - What do you think makes a great gift

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    • takkhisa profile image


      4 years ago

      I am a surfer! I love it and thanks for sharing all these gift ideas.

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      4 years ago

      Definitely a GoPro if they don't have one

    • kehsiberry profile image


      5 years ago


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      5 years ago

      Just came across the Pretty much designed as a gift for surfers! Kind perfect!

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      Angela F 

      5 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Nice selection of surfer gifts

    • CaztyBon profile image


      5 years ago

      I don't have a surfer in my family. When I lived in California I use to love to go watch the surfers, I could watch them all day every day. Nice lens.

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      6 years ago

      I think any surfer would like a ticket to Hawaii!

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      6 years ago

      This was so cool to read. My daughter took surfing lessons a couple of years ago but decided that was not the sport for her. I have fond memories and some really cool photos of her surfing. Great lens!!

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      6 years ago

      I have a good friend who is an old man like me (mid-fifties). He took up surfing about two years ago. He loves it! He surfs at Jacksonville, FL about once a month. I now have a gift guide for him. Thanks! I've bookmarked this lens so I can return.

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      imagelist lm 

      6 years ago

      Wooowwww..great lens...

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      6 years ago

      What do I think makes a great gift. More board wax, a world map with tide tables. Great squid, thanks.

    • choosehappy profile image


      6 years ago from US

      My daughter's boyfriend would love love love any of these! Great suggestions ;)

    • kopox profile image


      6 years ago

      i'm not a surfer, but these gifts is so cool....

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      6 years ago

      Very creative ideas! My whole family loves the beach, but it's my nephew who is on the surf circuit. What a life! That book in your widget--it's about the area of my hometown, Imperial Beach, CA!

    • nickybutler profile image


      6 years ago

      Great lens with some really good ideas for gifts.... I have inspiration for my brother's birthday now!

    • CruiseReady profile image


      6 years ago from East Central Florida

      Hang ten, my friend!

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      7 years ago

      Surfing is so darn cool, in between sessions why not stay warm with a swim parka ? I'm sure you will not regret it.

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      7 years ago Surfers First Aid Kits, but I'm biased. Great for travel to make sure nothing gets in your way of surfing epic breaks on vacation.

    • Edwardjames81 profile image


      7 years ago

      Some good gifts there, my personal favourite is the waterproof camera. If these take off I predict youtubew is going to be flooded (no pun intended) with loads of surfing clips.

    • BodyLanguageExp profile image


      7 years ago

      Im a surfer! And I love the idea or receiving any of the gifts mentioned above. I especially like the 50 places to surf before you die.

    • alohasurfer profile image


      7 years ago

      Great Info, THX

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      7 years ago

      great selection here, enjoyed browsing over it!

    • GabStar profile image


      7 years ago

      Some great stuff from beginners to experienced, great lens

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      7 years ago

      There are also cameras that connect to your surf board so your surfer can video tape his sessions... My boyfriend says he would never use one of these because it's basically uncool. We live in a very territorial surfing city, but if you don't care what other people think, then I think these cameras are cool. My friend has shown me some awesome footage of him and his friends in the water set to music...

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      7 years ago

      Surfers are awesome and these are some great gift ideas!

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      7 years ago

      I would get them an actual surfboard, but of course you would really have to know the person. Maybe if you were with them when they made a remark about owning a certain board?

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      7 years ago

      Cool stuff and very nice lens!

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      Julia M S Pearce 

      8 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      A great list of surfie Gear!

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      8 years ago

      Now, if only I had surfers to buy for! Not much surfing done in or around Fargo, ND!

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      Mary Norton 

      8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Lessons for the younger ones are often appreciated. What a great idea.

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      8 years ago

      hanging 10 just got a little easier. thanks

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      8 years ago

      A great idea to create a gift list for surfers!

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      8 years ago

      There isn't but these are great gifts for surfers


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