If you're on the lookout for the perfect gift for an eco friendly, you've come to the right place!
Surfers spend a lot of time in the oceans and coastlines of the world. They are often the first to notice the changes caused by pollution and climate change as it seriously affects their playground. It seems fitting to seek out sustainable options when it comes to gift-giving.
So, Whether your surfer friend is a tube-riding pro or simply enjoys catching a few on weekends, we've curated a list of 11 sustainable gifts to get them stoked for their next session.
Let's dive in and explore eco-conscious presents for surfers that are sure to make a splash!
1. Brusco - Eco-Friendly Tailpad
Brusco is a surf brand from, Lisbon, Portugal that pride themselves on creating the highest quality surf products in the most ecologically friendly way.
They have a great range of leashes, bags, and apparel, but our favorite is their tail pads which are so unique.
Their tailpads are sold with no plastic packaging and are produced with an additive that accelerates the plastic degradation process, making plastic polymers more easily biodegradable.
We love the simple, muted colors with the traction lines that look like swell rolling across the ocean, or maybe even tree rings. Beyond their eco-credentials, the lines give the pad a natural feel.
Performance-wise, these pads are no slouch either. They used/ designed by some of our favorite surfers including Portuguese wildman and sustainability ambassador Miguel Blanco.
When it comes to sustainability, performance, and price there is no match for these amazing tailpads.
2. Surf Companions Coaching Book
Surf Companions have created well-written and beautifully illustrated guides on how to surf.
The books are written for both beginner and intermediate surfers and are full of helpful tips that are well-described and easy to follow. They cover everything from paddling out through the waves to performing basic maneuvers and have a helpful notes section for tracking progress.
The Sustainable surfer in your life will love having this on their coffee table or in the glove box of the car to be read between surf sessions.
What´s also great about the Surf Companion books are they are made from recycled paper and the companies themselves are completely carbon-neutral!
The surfer in your life will be so stoked to receive this absolute gem of a book.
3. SRFACE - Eco-Wetsuit
The Surface Eco Wetsuit combines high-performance functionality, sustainability, and price.
Instead of using the industry standard Neoprene to construct wetsuits which is a petroleum product, SRface uses a natural rubber called Yulex®. This flexible foam is sustainably harvested from rubber trees in Sri Lanka.
We have used the Eco-wetsuit through some cold European winters and have always been impressed with, not only its flex and warmth but also its longevity. The rubber, seals, and construction have outlasted some of the most expensive wetsuits on the market.
Don't be fooled by the cheaper prices of these suits. SRFACE is a direct-to-consumer company. Meaning that they can pass on margins that would usually be taken by shops to their customers.
Along with the great wetusit, there are some other great sustainable parts about the brand:
- Delivery packaging: The wetsuit is delivered in a recycled plastic bag that is designed to be used as a waterproof wetsuit bag.
- Carbon-neutral shipping: SRFACE has partnered with UPS and Natural Capital Partners to guarantee 100% carbon-neutral deliveries of all orders.
- Sustainable business model: SRFACE is an online company that embraces a sustainable business model by avoiding showrooms and retail space, minimizing stock holdings, and partnering with environmentally conscious carriers, envisioning it as the potential future of retail.
4. Palm & Pine´s SPF50 Sunscreen
Palm & Pine´s SPF50 Sunscreen is the ultimate gift for surfers looking for premium, water-resistant sun protection without compromising their connection with the ocean. All P&P products come in an impressive delivery box which really adds to the gifting experience.
This sunscreen blends natural ingredients such as aloe vera and jojoba extract with reef-safe, mineral UV filters. Shielding skin from UVA and UVB rays while preserving marine ecosystems.
Its lightweight, non-greasy formula ensures maximum comfort and long-lasting, broad-spectrum protection, ensuring that you are protected for the whole surf session and beyond.
On top of this, Palm & Pine is a plastic-free and vegan company with a vision to perfectly mix sustainability, function, and style.
5. Patagonia´s Quandary Brimmer Hat
Following the sun protection theme, check out this amazing wide-brimmed hat from Patagonia. Perfect for sunny surf expeditions and chill days on the beach.
Designed to withstand the scorching heat. This hat features a wide brim that stays away from your face. Allowing you to stay focused on your adventure, even if that adventure is sleeping.
Its designed to wick away sweat quickly, keeping you cool and comfortable. With a secure tie, this hat stays firmly in place even when you reach a windy headland or exposed mountaintop.
As with all Patagonia products. The Quandary Brimmer is ethically manufactured with Fair Trade Certification™ along with all the other sustainable initiatives that Patagonia is so well known for.
6. KLLY Sandals
KLLY is an amazing new brand from 11-time world surfing champion and Baywatch hunk, Kelly "Da GOAT" Slater.
Claiming to be the most comfortable sandal you have ever worn. These sleek black "thongs" are designed to be worn all day. Offering support in all the right places to protect your body's natural alignment.
Kelly is a huge advocate for all things eco-friendly and these sandals are no exception. The straps are made from recycled PET (plastic) and the soles are made from a cool new product called BLOOM.
What is BLOOM? We hear you ask.: Excessive amounts of CO2, a warming climate, and water pollution is causing harmful algae blooms. Negatively impacting our environment and society. BLOOM is determined to reverse the effects of water pollution by working with resources like algae to restore and maintain healthy ecosystems.
7. Finisterre Walker Hybrid Shorts
Finiserre´s Walker Shorts are the perfect adventure companion, seamlessly transitioning from land to water with unrivaled comfort.
Crafted with a blend of recycled nylon, these shorts are exceptionally lightweight and boast remarkable quick-drying capabilities. We also love the fitting belt that gives a loose comfortable fit on the beach but can be tightened up to catch a few waves,
Whether you're hiking along the coast to find a secret spot or want to come seamlessly out of the surf, straight to the bar. The Walker Shorts are designed to make every moment irresistible, offering versatility for all your explorations.
The brand Finisterre is very sustainably focused. Claiming to be on "a mission to have a positive impact on the world around us is woven into every fabric of what we do."
8. DB Journey - Mid-length Day Bag
This compact yet spacious day bag, is designed to accommodate surfboards ranging from 6'5" to 7'6". It´s easily the most stylish way to protect your board from dings and UV damage whilst out on the search.
- Db's patented Length Adjustment System™, this bag ensures a secure and customized fit for your surfboard.
- The Rib Cage Construction™ on the base provides exceptional protection, shielding your board from potential damage.
- Compression: This innovative bag compresses down to just 20% of its original size, allowing for easy storage and transport.
With its streamlined Scandinavian design, this day bag combines style and functionality. It's the perfect companion for surfers who appreciate both efficiency and aesthetics.
On top of these great features, the Mid-length Day Bag is made from certified 100% recycled polyester and is PFC free.
9. Green Grip - Eco Surf Wax
Green Grip is a surf brand with a deep commitment to sustainability. Crafting handmade surfboard wax that benefits both surfers and the oceans.
Their purpose-driven approach ensures that their wax is not only grippy and aromatic but also created with sustainable and ethical practices in mind.
With Green Grip. Your favorite surfer can enjoy high-performance surfboard wax that aligns with their values and contributes to the collective well-being of our planet's oceans.
10. Slow Tide - All Day Quick-Dry Changing Poncho
No more cold morning wetsuit changes or flashing people in the car park! The surfer in your life will love this simple but stylish changing poncho, crafted with sustainability and functionality in mind.
Made from 100% post-consumer waste, recycled plastic water bottles. This poncho showcases Slowtide´s commitment to reducing environmental impact.
Its highly absorbent and fast-drying properties allow you to effortlessly change in and out of your wetsuit or swimwear whilst keeping comfortable, and warm.
With a double-sided print and an internal access dual pocket to keep your hands warm. Slowtide´s Changing Poncho perfectly combines style with practicality.
We love that the drawcords offer convenience and a customizable fit which most of their competitors don´t offer.
The End Of The Ride
So, there you have it, our surfer's gift guide is complete.
We hope you found some inspiration in our list and would love to hear if you picked any of the items or would like to add something to the list.
Just ping us a message in the comments below and we will get back to you.
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