GearWater Sports

The Best Women's Surfing Gear

High-performance kit for dropping in

(Photo: Inga Hendrickson)

For decades, outdoor brands gave little attention to women’s products. That’s changing fast. We asked a field of expert female athletes to nominate the best new performance tools in a range of sports. Here, we present our favorite surf gear. 

The XX Factor Issue

Our special issue highlights the athletes, activists, and icons who have shaped the outside world.

Read all the stories

Raen Norie Polarized Sunglasses ($170)

womens gear
(Photo: Courtesy of Raen)

The high style of these slightly oversize, feminine shades belies how well they perform. The durable acetate frames are lightweight, and the polarized lenses do a superb job of cutting glare.

Buy Now

Sexwax Wax Container and Comb ($7.50)

womens gear
(Photo: Courtesy of Sexwax)

Superior grip and smells great. Plus, the no-frills box keeps wax from getting sandy and melting all over your gear, while the comb keeps your board extra tacky under your feet. 

Buy Now

Billabong Salty Dayz Long Sleeve Spring Wetsuit ($105)

womens gear
(Photo: Courtesy of Billabong)

The era of all-black is over. In addition to a pop of color, this one-millimeter neoprene long-sleeve design delivers a little extra warmth when the wind picks up. 

Buy Now

Dakine Kainui Team Surf Leash ($27)

womens gear
(Photo: Courtesy of Dakine)

Made of high quality urethane and equip­ped with double swivels and a neoprene cuff, this leash keeps you tethered to your board with maximum strength and comfort but minimal drag. 

Buy Now

Carve Designs Sayulita Hat ($24)

womens gear
(Photo: Courtesy of Carve Designs)

Long days at the beach call for a sombrero-inspired hat. The chin strap keeps it on when the wind picks up, while the wide brim protects your face, neck, and eyes from the sun.

Buy Now

Captain Fin Quad Medium Fins ($95)

womens gear
(Photo: Courtesy of Captain Fin)

Designed to work in all conditions, these fins provide the perfect combination of speed down the line and power through turns. 

Buy Now

Havaianas Sandals ($28)

womens gear
(Photo: Courtesy of Havaianas)

With its slim, soft ­rubber straps, comfortable textured footbed, and dozens of colors and prints, Havaianas provides my favorite blend of style and comfort.

Buy Now

Aloha Collection Pouches ($28 and up)

womens gear
(Photo: Courtesy of Aloha Collection)

Stash your wet bathing suit in one, toss it in your pack, and rest assured that every­thing else will stay nice and dry. Also great for protecting gear in the rain. 

Buy Now

Sun Bum Original Spray SPF 30 Sunscreen ($16)

womens gear
(Photo: Courtesy of Sun Bum)

This spray goes on dry and doesn’t leave my skin oily. And the vitamin E helps neutralize free radicals that cause premature skin aging. 

Buy Now

Bing Dharma 2.0 Surfboard ($917)

womens gear
(Photo: Courtesy of Bing)

Small summertime surf calls for extra volume and a little more style. The retro shape of the 5'6" Dharma 2.0 makes paddling and catching waves a breeze.

Buy Now

The Expert: Born into the famed Irons family on Kauai, Janna Irons competed for ten years before working as an editor at Surfer and founding the beloved (but sadly short-lived) women’s surfing magazine Salted.

Our mission to inspire readers to get outside has never been more critical. In recent years, Outside Online has reported on groundbreaking research linking time in nature to improved mental and physical health, and we’ve kept you informed about the unprecedented threats to America’s public lands. Our rigorous coverage helps spark important debates about wellness and travel and adventure, and it provides readers an accessible gateway to new outdoor passions. Time outside is essential—and we can help you make the most of it. Making a financial contribution to Outside Online only takes a few minutes and will ensure we can continue supplying the trailblazing, informative journalism that readers like you depend on. We hope you’ll support us. Thank you.
Contribute to Outside
From Outside Magazine, May 2017
Filed To: Women’sSurfingSurfboardsGear ReviewSwimmingSandals
Lead Photo: Inga Hendrickson

When you buy something using the retail links in our stories, we may earn a small commission. Outside does not accept money for editorial gear reviews. Read more about our policy.

More Gear