Surf All Year with These Items
Cold water is no obstacle if you’re prepared
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Cotopaxi Teca Camp Blanket ($75)
We love the Teca’s bold color blocking and lightweight polyester insulation for after-session bonfires. It packs down to the size of a football.
Holden Puffy Slip-On Shoes ($130)
Synthetic insulation and a cushioned footbed provide instant relief for half-numb toes, while a water-repellent exterior and grippy sole keep dogs dry and traction intact.
Firewire x Rob Machado Surfboards Seaside and Beyond Surfboard ($920 and up)
This mid-length comes in three sizes (6’8”, 7’, and 7’4”), with a quad-fin setup that glides well and turns on a dime. It’s a fantastic all-around choice: playful in the small stuff, and steady when they’re breaking overhead.
Stay Covered Heavy Duty Hand-Tied Surf Leash ($42)
Take on big winter swells without fear of board loss. A hand-tied leash is stronger than the injection-molded variety.
Costa Antille Sunglasses ($226)
Costa’s lightweight Antille frames are constructed from 97 percent recycled fishing nets. Choose from three different polarized-glass options, including blue mirror, which is designed for the water.
Billabong 4/3 Furnace Natural Zipperless Wetsuit ($470)
The Furnace Natural features Forest Stewardship Council–certified Yulex rubber foam, water-based adhesives, and a recycled exterior jersey that minimizes microplastic shedding. It’s the stretchiest, least bulky Yulex suit we’ve tested. (Men’s S–XXL; women’s 2–10)
Rux 70L Collapsible Tote ($265)
Stow those stinky wetsuits in the ultra-durable Rux. Made from thick TPU-coated nylon and equipped with steel corner stays, this bin withstands being thrown around in the bed of a truck and collapses flat when not in use.
Afrosurf, by Mami Wata ($41)
This book celebrates African surf culture with photos, profiles, poems, recipes, art, and comics from 18 of the continent’s coastal countries. Profits go to Waves for Change and Surfers Not Street Children, helping kids from underserved African communities get into the water.