9 Nuts and Bolts for a Day at the Beach

Modern basics to stoke your watery fun


Hit the beach with these simple yet stylish essentials.    Photo: Hannah McCaughey

Vans Hanalei Flip-Flops ($19)

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With a cushy footbed and anatomical plastic straps, Vans's Hanalei flip-flops are comfortable enough to stand in all day.

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Smith Colson Sunglasses ($209)

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The polarized polymer lenses on Smith’s Colson sunglasses cut through glare and make colors pop. The ultralight frames offer easy leash integration.

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Bubble Gum Organik Blend Surf Wax ($3) 

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The coconut scent of this Bubble Gum surf wax belies how well it keeps you stuck to your board.

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Boardworks Flying Pig Short Board ($540)

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With generous volume and flat rocker, the Boardworks Flying Pig short board minimizes error for a forgiving ride. The sturdy carbon-and-fiberglass body is made for going fast on small waves.

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Cynthia Rowley Dark Jewel Print Wetsuit ($295)

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Cynthia Rowley’s Dark Jewel Print wetsuit has a funky island vibe but boasts distinct technical aspects, like the 0.2-millimeter neoprene body and unobtrusive zipper with Velcro closure.

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All Good 50 SPF Waterproof Sunscreen Butter ($10)

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Zinc oxide in All Good’s 50 SPF waterproof Sunscreen Butter shields you from rays. Calendula flowers and coconut oil impart a heavenly smell.

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Rareform Daylight Board Bag (from $80)

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Each Rareform Daylight board bag started as a weatherproof billboard. Extra padding and rust-resistant zippers make it nearly indestructible.

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Patagonia R0 Long-Sleeved Top ($45)

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Patagonia’s R0 long-sleeved top is made from recycled polyester-spandex with four-way stretch and 50 UPF protection. It breathes in heat but provides insulation should temperatures swing. 

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Outerknown Pocket Evolution Trunks ($95)

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A triple-eyelet lace-up waist and three pockets are the only doodads on the Outerknown Pocket Evolution trunks. The roomy fit keeps you comfy in a crouch.

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