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Best Gifts for Surfers – 30 Epic Gift Ideas for Surfers They’ll Actually Love!

Are you looking for gift ideas for the surfers in your life? You’ve come to the right place! In this article we have outlined all the most amazing gifts for surf lovers!

As long-time surfers (25+ years) we know exactly what surfers need and want. Whether it’s for Christmas, a birthday or special occasion, this surfer gift guide includes suggestions for every surf level and budget.

When choosing the perfect gift, make sure to take into account their surf level. If someone has only just started surfing a tiny hard board might be excessive, whilst if someone has been surfing for years it could be perfect.

Some surfers might also prefer unique experiences, as opposed to material gear that they already have. There are many things to take into account when choosing the best gifts for surfers, and in this guide, we go over them all.

So what are you waiting for? Let’s dive in, and find the perfect gift for the surfer in your life!

Greta surfing in Tenerife, Spain

Greta surfing in Tenerife, Spain

Best gifts for surfers under $50

Surfing gifts don’t have to be expensive. Here are some great gifts for surfers that cost less than $50, and which you can easily purchase online or find in many stores around the world.

Wax

A surfer always needs wax. If you want to play it safe, and get a great gift for a surfer without breaking the bank, then surf wax is the way to go.

There are loads of surf wax brands out there (these are the best surf wax brands in our opinion), so maybe scout beforehand which type of wax your surfer uses, so that you can purchase the same one.

Remember that, even within the same wax brand, there are different types of waxes for different temperatures. Make sure you get the right type of wax for the temperatures at which your surfer usually surfs.

Click here to purchase surf wax!

Sticky bumps surf wax

Sticky bumps surf wax

Sunscreen

Similarly to wax, another safe gift is a sunscreen stick. A keen surfer will use it during every surf session, and will always need more. Make sure to get a proper surf sunscreen stick, as normal sunscreen will wash off after a while in the water.

You can check if the surfer in your life has a specific sunscreen brand they love, if not don’t worry, as they all do the same job. You can get a reef-safe sunscreen if you want to be more environmentally friendly.

Click here to purchase a surf sunscreen stick!

A 50+ sunscreen protection for surfing

A 50+ sunscreen protection for surfing

Dry bag or wet bag

This is an affordable and very useful gift for a surfer. Regardless of how they’re getting home after surfing, whether it’s walking, driving or on public transport, having a dry bag with you makes everything easier.

Especially for those who surf in colder waters and have to wear wetsuits, putting all your wet things in a dry bag and not have it dripping everywhere is a life saver.

Click here to purchase a dry bag for your surfer!

A dry bag (or wet bag) you use to store your wet wetsuit

A dry bag (or wet bag) you use to store your wet things

Changing mat

Unless your surfer walks to their surf spot and then walks straight back home, a changing mat is a useful addition to their surf equipment.

As the name suggests, a surf changing mat is a waterproof mat that you can stand on while taking off your wetsuit. 

You then wrap it up to close it, containing the water within the changing bag and keeping the sand away from it.

That way your car stays dry and your wetsuit remains sand-free. It’s one of the most useful gifts for surfers that you can find below $50.

Find the perfect changing mat here!

Standing on a changing mat while removing my wetsuit

Standing on a changing mat while removing my wetsuit

Surf hat

These surf hats are made of a special material that dries quickly, and come with a little clasp so that you don’t lose them in the water. 

They’re great for surfing in very sunny places as they shield your face and eyes. It’s one of the more affordable surfer gifts, which you know is actually useful.

Click here to purchase a cool surf hat!

Ale wearing a surf hat during a surf class

Ale wearing a surf hat during a surf class

Surf books

Regardless of the surf level, reading an inspiring surf book is always fun for a surfer.

Whether it’s a classic like Barbarian Days or The History of Surfing, or a more specific biography of his favourite surfer, it’s always a great gift.

Personally, I really enjoyed Barbarian Days, and while it might not be at the top of the list for the best self love books for women, I think it’s one of the best books for mens in their 20s.

Surf prints and posters

Especially if the surfer in your life doesn’t live by the beach, it can be really nice to have some surf reminders at home. Whether it’s a surf print, poster or surf art, anything they can hang up will be a pretty addition to their home decor.

Click here to browse some beautiful surf prints and surf art!

Ear plugs

These are a very affordable and very useful surf gift. Having water stuck in your ears after a surf session is very irritating, so get your surfer ear plugs to avoid this problem!

Click here to purchase ear plugs for the surfer in your life!

Ale surfing in Tenerife, Spain

Ale surfing in Tenerife, Spain

Mid-range presents for surfers

If you can splurge a little more on your surfers gift, here are some suggestions for slightly more expensive presents.

Bikini / boardshorts

You can’t go wrong with a nice pair of shorts or a nice bikini. After all, surfers spend an awful lot of time at the beach, they’re always in need of new board shorts / bikinis!

Poncho

My boyfriend got me a poncho a few months after I started surfing, and I can honestly say it’s one of the best gifts he could have given me.

Finally my days of having to find a changing room or awkwardly hopping with a towel around me were over.

These surf ponchos are made with the same material as a towel, so they’re not just for changing, but also for drying yourself off after. They’re warm and cosy and great even for lounging around as you dry yourself after your surf session

Ponchos are a particularly good gift for surfer girls, as it makes our life much easier when changing out of our wetsuits and swimsuits. 

You’ll find ponchos of varying prices. You don’t have to get a particularly fancy one, just make sure it has pockets and zips on the sides, as this will make changing easier.

Click here to find the perfect poncho for your surfer!

Changing with my surf poncho

Changing with my surf poncho

Surfboard storage rack

This one is particularly useful if your surfer has, or is planning to purchase, multiple boards. That way they can rest assured that they’re properly stored when at home!

Click here to purchase a handy surfboard storage rack!

Surfboard car rack

A surfboard car rack is especially useful if they have multiple boards or a bigger board that doesn’t fit inside the car. Getting a proper surfboard rack ensures your surfer can safely get their board to the beach and the surf session.

Click here to purchase a useful surfboard car rack!

Portable shower

Trust me when I say, any surfer will love a useful gift like this one. Sand just sticks to everything, and having a portable surf shower to wash yourself and your surf gear after a session is priceless.

Click here to find to buy the best portable shower for your surfer!

Using a portable shower after a surf session

Using a portable shower after a surf session

Polarised sunglasses

If you’ve never used polarised sunglasses, you don’t realise just how much difference they make when looking at the sea.

Polarised sunglasses allow you to see all the different colours of the water, and detect rocks and changing sea bed.

They can be great Christmas gifts for surfers, as it allows them to check out the waves, sea and beach conditions properly, all while protecting their eyes!

The great thing about polarised sunglasses is that they’re not strictly a surfing only gift, so they can use it also in other situations and think about you.

Click here to find the best polarised sunglasses for your gift!

Ale surfing in Tenerife, Spain

Ale surfing in Tenerife, Spain

Surf wear

When we say surf wear we mean clothes from brands like Billabong, Quicksilver, Roxy, Rip Curl and so on, you get the idea. Brands that create clothing to fit with the surf lifestyle and look.

Surf wear is always a nice present to receive, just make sure to choose outfits that fit your surfers style, and not just generic clothes to look like a surfer. Your surfer will appreciate the gift much more if it’s more personalised.

Flip flops

These are pretty self explanatory. Similarly to surf wear, flip flops are the sort of thing surfers use constantly, and they can wear down pretty quickly. Just check your surfers shoe size and you’re sorted!

For the female surfers in your life, you can also get them some stylish Hermes sandal dupes, or maybe even closed shoes like these best Golden Goose dupes.

Click here to choose some stylish flip flops!

Changing after a sunset surf session

Changing after a sunset surf session

Fancy surfing gift ideas

If the surfer in your life is a really special someone, or you’re buying them a present for a special occasion and want to splurge a bit more, these are the gifts to go for.

They’re slightly higher ticket gifts, with a higher price tag, but which are sure to wow the receiver.

GoPro

GoPros are popular with all water sports and adventure fans, since they’re so versatile and great for capturing content in motion. The latest models are particularly good for surfers, since they’re waterproof and have built-in stabilisation.

You won’t always have a photographer on the beach snapping photos of you, so having a GoPro is a great way to capture surfer content alone while you’re surfing.

If you’re surfing with friends you can also take turns with the GoPro and capture content of each other.

If you want to get the surfer in your life a great gift, you can rest assured they’ll love a GoPro. You can also get them some GoPro surf accessories, like the mouth mount or the adhesive mount to put on the nose of their board.

Click here to purchase the latest GoPro for the surfer in your life!

Ale surfing in Peru, shot on GoPro

Ale surfing in Peru, shot on GoPro

Surf watch

A good surf watch is a truly great gift for a surfer. Besides being able to tell the time (which is actually super useful when you’re in the middle of the water), the fancy ones also keep track of their physical performance.

After the surf session they can see all the important stats like heart rate, oxygen saturation, calories burnt, stress level, breathing rate and much more. For someone who is truly into their surfing and fitness, it’s a great tool and gift.

Click here to browse the best surf and fitness watches!

Tide measuring watch

One step up from the surf watch, one of the best gifts for surfers you can get is a tide measuring watch.

Besides the usual time keeping, heart rate, oxygen saturation, calories and so on of a fancy sports watch, this one also shows you the tides, weather data and sunrise/sunset times.

While most surfers will usually check the tide forecast before jumping in the water, these tide measuring watches are very handy. That way surfers can check the tide level while in the water, and time their session accordingly.

Click here to purchase a useful tide measuring watch!

Greta standing up on a surfboard in Fuerteventura, Spain

Greta surfing in Fuerteventura, Spain

Surf trip

If you really want to wow that special surfer in your life, then a surf trip is the gift to go for. Whether it’s the birthday gift for your surfer boyfriend, or you’re looking for a unique gift for your surfer girl, this is guaranteed to amaze them.

It obviously depends on your budget and how much you want to spend, but destinations like Mentawai, Maldives and Fiji are on pretty much everyone’s travel surf bucket list.

Most surf camps, surf retreats or surf villas often also offer a discounted price for non-surfing travellers. That way, if you don’t surf, you can accompany them on the surf trip of a lifetime!

A surf and camping trip in Spain

A surf and camping trip in Spain

Technical surfing gifts

I called this section “technical” because you need to have a basic surfing knowledge to choose one of these gifts.

Don’t get me wrong, they’re amazing gifts, and any surfer would be stoked to receive them (especially since many can be considered surf essentials), but you need to make sure you get the right one for their surfing level.

Purchasing high-end fins for someone who still surfs on a soft board, or purchasing a leash that is too long for someone’s shortboard doesn’t make sense.

These are amongst the best surf gifts you can get as a surfer, but you either need to understand enough about surfing to choose the right one, or check with the person who will receive the gift if it works for them.

Ale surfing in Tenerife, Spain

Ale surfing in Tenerife, Spain

Surfboard

I mean, what surfer wouldn’t stoked to receive a surfboard as a present?

However, there isn’t a single best surfboard that you can purchase for the surfer in your life, the best surfboard for them will depend on their surf level and style.

Generally speaking you can choose between a hard board, a short board, a long board, or a soft board. Make sure to check with the gift receiver what their surf level and preference is, so that you can purchase an appropriate board.

Click here to find the perfect surfboard for your surfer!

My 5.8ft Indio surfboard - one of the best gifts for surfers out there

My 5.8ft Indio surfboard

Fins

Fins can be a very popular and appreciated surf gift. However, similarly to the surfboard, you need to ensure you pick the right fins for the surfboard, as well as the level of the surfer.

Fins vary in shape, size and material, and each variable impacts your speed and control on the wave. You can gift a surfer fins, but first you need to ensure you know what their surf level is and how they like to surf.

Click here to purchase fins for your surfer!

Different types of fins you can use for surfboards

Different types of fins you can use for surfboards

Grip

The grip is the part on the tail, at the back of the board, where surfers put their back foot, and it helps them manoeuvre the board. It can get worn out over time, so getting a replacement one can be a great gift for a surfer.

One thing to bear in mind is that there are loads of different types of grips, so you need to get the right one that fits the board and style of your surfer.

You can play it safe by checking what grip they currently use, and looking for something similar. 

Click here to purchase the best grip for surfing!

The grip on a surfboard

The grip on a surfboard

Surfboard bag

This one isn’t as technical as the others, but you do need to know what size surfboard your surfer has to ensure you get a surfboard bag of the right size. 

You also need to consider how many boards they have, as you can get bags for multiple boards.

These are particularly convenient if your surfer travels a lot, so that they can take all their boards with them and have the right one for every type of wave.

Even if the surfer in your life only has one board, I can assure it will be a very appreciated gift, as it will allow them to take it to the beach without worrying about ruining it.

Click here to select the right surfboard bag for your surfer!

Heading to the beach with my surfboard bag

Heading to the beach with my surfboard bag

Surfskate

A surfskate is a great gift for a beginner to intermediate surfer who is looking to improve. Especially if you usually live away from the sea, it’s the perfect tool to help them practice their surf moves on land.

There are different brands and types of surfskate, but generally speaking, they all do the same job. Personally, we both have Slide surfskates and find them great for both intermediate and more advanced surf levels.

Click here to purchase a Slide surf skate like ours!

My slide surfskate

My slide surfskate

Wetsuit

This is a very personal gift, but one you know is useful and they’ll actually use it all the time. The key things you know when choosing a wetsuit as a gift are their size and at what temperature they usually surf.

Bear in mind also that brands sometimes have their own sizing, meaning a size M with one brand might fit differently to the size M of a different brand.

If you want to play it safe you can check what brand and size they’re currently wearing.

Click here to purchase a wetsuit!

A full body 3/4mm wetsuit

A full body 3/4mm wetsuit

Leash

The leash is what connects the surfboard to the surfers leg, so that in case of a wipe out, the board doesn’t get swept away from the waves and they can easily find it again.

Generally speaking, when it comes to choosing the right surf leash as a gift you need to know what type of board your surfer uses, as different surfboards need different leash lengths.

If they surf with a short board they’ll need a shorter leash, whilst if they surf with a long board they’ll need a long leash.

That’s the main distinguishing factor between leashes, although they can vary also in material, brand and prices. Check all these variables so that you can get the best gift for your surfer!

Click here to purchase a leash, one of the best gifts for surfers!

Different length leashes that you use for surfing

Different length leashes that you use for surfing

Unique gifts for surfers

We’ve already listed many physical products, so we wanted to have a section for more unique and creative gifts for surfers.

Surfing photo and/or video session

Trust me when I say, they will love this. Surfers know just too well the feeling of having a great surf session, pulling amazing manoeuvres and then feeling gutted that no one was there to capture it.

Even if they’re not pro surfers yet, having photos and videos of your surf session is really useful also for beginners and intermediate surfers, as it can help identify mistakes to correct.

You can find surf photographers near you online, so that you can review their photos and style, and check you like the results.

Make sure they’re actual surf photographers and not just photographers, as specific surf photographers will be able to capture the best surf moments.

Alejandro surfing in Tenerife, Spain

Alejandro surfing in Tenerife, Spain

Prints of their surf photos

They might not look as sleek as professional surf photos, but it’s them surfing, and you know that they’ll love it just for that. A personalised gift is always well appreciated.

Private surf coaching session

Regardless of their surfing level, I can guarantee that the surfer in your life will love receiving a private surf coaching session.

It doesn’t matter if it’s their second surfing and they’re still figuring out how to stand up on a board, or if they’re an advanced surfer who wants to learn how to do an aerial or another radical manoeuvre.

It might not be a physical product they can hold, but a private coach session is something that will help them advance their surfing, and that they’ll remember forever.

Make sure to choose a surf coach that fits their surf level, and can help them advance in the areas they need help with.

Ale giving an advanced surf coaching session - one of the most unique gifts for surfers

Ale giving an advanced surf coaching session

Final thoughts on the best presents for surfers

There you have it, the ultimate compilation of great gifts for surfers! Have you purchased any of the above surfer gifts? And if so, which ones? Let us know in the comments below!

Choosing the perfect gift for a surfer, especially if you’re not a surfer yourself, can be tricky. Some things can be quite technical, so how do you choose the right items for the level and style of your surfer?

In this surf gift guide we have outlined all the best items which we know any surfer would love to receive, including some tips on how to pick the right brand or type for your situation. 

It doesn’t matter if you’re looking for gifts for surfer guys, for your surfer boyfriend or a surfer girl. Whether it’s surf wax or a private surf coaching session, we know the surfer in your life will love any of the gifts listed in this article.

We hope you found this compilation of the best surfer gifts useful, if you have any questions, just let us know in the comments below!

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Photo collage of Ale surfing, Greta wearing a poncho and a hand holding fins with text overlay saying "30 best gifts for surfers"

Photo collage of a surf board, surf leashes, a portable shower and fins with text overlay saying "30 amazing gifts for surfers"

Brittany

Sunday 4th of September 2022

If I was a surfer, I think I would love a GoPro! I already want one to capture my adventures while I am traveling. This seems like such a great list of gift ideas. Thanks for sharing!

gomoboni

Tuesday 25th of October 2022

Glad you found it useful! Yes a GoPro is a great gift for everyone, not just surfers haha! It's great for all sorts of action shots, plus super small and easy to carry around!

Katy

Sunday 4th of September 2022

I'm not a surfer but that potable shower would be useful for a lot of different activities, good shout!

gomoboni

Tuesday 25th of October 2022

Yes it's great! I love our portable shower, so handy even just for beach days in places that don't have one!

Andrea

Saturday 3rd of September 2022

These look like some great gift ideas! It's so helpful to know what is actually useful.

gomoboni

Tuesday 25th of October 2022

Thank you! Yes that was the idea, I know it can be tricky buying gifts for a surfer if you're not one yourself, so we're hoping this will help! :)

Jenn | By Land and Sea

Saturday 3rd of September 2022

I know nothing about surfing, but I learned a lot from this post! I'd be glad to get any of the items you mentioned here - great list!

gomoboni

Tuesday 25th of October 2022

Thank you, glad you found it useful!

Erin

Saturday 3rd of September 2022

I have always wanted to learn to surf. I enjoyed reading several of your articles, as well as the recommendations on supplies. Your pics are absolutely amazing!

gomoboni

Tuesday 25th of October 2022

Thank you! Glad you enjoyed our articles and photos :)