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The Absolute Best Gifts for Surfers

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No matter what the gift giving occasion is, these gifts for surfers will have your favorite surfer stoked!

My love language is definitely gift-giving. I love to find the perfect gift – which is no easy feat if you’re unfamiliar with the gift receiver’s passions. 

If you’re looking for cool gifts for surfers, this post will help you narrow down your choices, plus you can shop right from the post!

Surf photoshoot package

A photo shoot is a great way for an up-and-coming surfer to boost their social media channels. 

Shooting surfing takes a great amount of skill (and lots of expensive gear), so be sure to seek out someone who specializes in surf photography or videography.

Also, if the gift-receiver is sponsored or part of a pro team, there may be stipulations in their contract when it comes to photo shoots and videos, like using specific photographers or only shooting during specific time periods. 

You never know what will be included – so be sure to check the fine print before plunking down the cash!

TIP: After you get the photos back, turn right around and create a photo book or some other custom photo gift!

Surfline app subscription

Surfline is perhaps the most respected surf app out there.

It provides short and long range surf forecasts, live feeds of the most popular surf breaks around the world, and surf news feeds.

The coolest feature, though, is Cam Rewind, where you can track your sessions via compatible watches, such as the Apple Watch.

And if your session is at one of the breaks where Surfline has a live video feed, you can snag video.

Download: Surfline for iOS | Surfline for Android

Surf trip or retreat

If your fave surfer loves to travel, gifting them a spot at a surf retreat is the perfect blend of their 2 loves.

Retreats typically include surf lessons, yoga sessions, outdoorsy activities, and best of all – making new friends!

Popular locations for surf retreats include California, Hawaii, Australia, Bali, Costa Rica, Morocco, Portugal, and Sri Lanka.

Plug in the desired location + “surf retreat” (ex: Hawaii surf retreat) and your search will return dozens of options. 

A bit of poking around the interwebz to find potential retreats, and researching your top picks, will help you narrow down one that will best suit their needs.

Yoga lessons

Yoga is a great practice for surfers for a few reasons. 

First, yoga can improve and maintain your core strength, which is crucial for surfers. 

Second, it’s great for improving flexibility, which in turn can help improve surfing skills. 

Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, it is one of the best ways to learn and improve mindfulness and focus, which are absolutely essential skills for any level of surfing.

A pack of yoga lessons is a great way to help support a surfer’s practice!

What are your favorite gifts for surfers?

Whether it’s for a rookie or an experienced surfer, I hope my guide helped you find the perfect gift.

From surfboards and rashguards to shark deterrent bands, there are plenty of unique gifts for surfers out there.

Now that you know all about the best gifts for surfers, it is time for you to take action – what are your favorite picks?

No matter what your decision is, make sure it matches both your budget and style. Have fun shopping!

About the author

Photo of travel blogger Meg Frost, of Frost + Sun, in Havana, Cuba.
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Meg Frost is a Boston-based travel blogger that helps people embrace technology to make vacation planning and traveling wicked easy, affordable, and fun.

She holds an M.A. in Journalism from Northeastern University and B.S. in Communication & American Studies from University of Miami.

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This post was originally published September 24, 2022. It was last updated September 22, 2023.

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