a) Where California surfers go, others are sure to follow. So the rest of the country will soon be snatching up Wave Riding Vehicles' Original Fish, an updated spin on a classic design. The Fish excels on small-to-medium waves, and since the board is easier to surf than modern potato-chip-thin shapes, everyone wins. $550; b) Chrome's Ivan combines dunk-worthy construction—a waterproof liner and roll-top closure—with a design that finally elevates the drybag above rubber-sack style. $155; c) There are tide watches, and then there's Timex's Expedition E-Tide & Temp, which looks classy enough to wear with a dress suit as well as a wetsuit. Its fourth watch hand points to the next high tide, plus air and water temps, at the touch of a button. $120; d) Old-school style meets new-school fabric in Patagonia's Minimalist Board Shorts , made with soft, durable recycled polyester. $55;

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