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Gifts for Surfers

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Whether you’re buying a surfer a gift for Christmas, Valentine’s or for their birthday, these are some gifts they’re sure to enjoy.

Surfboard Cam

Surfers want a surfboard for one or two reasons: To show off what they can do in the water, either just to their friends and family, a girl, or to make a sponsor film. Another reason is to have the ability to watch themselves surfing, check out where they’re placing their feet on the board, and how they react to the waves, in order to improve. GoPro offers a great surf cam.

Board Shorts

If you swim every day you don’t want to wear the same swim suit every single day – that’s not fashionable at all. Surfers don’t want to wear the same board shorts every day, either. Aside from not being fashionable, the ocean makes your shorts stink. Hurley, Quicksilver, and Billabong make good board shorts – find out what their favorite brand is and what colors they like.

Wet Suit

Wet suits are essential to surfing in winter. If your surfer doesn’t already have a wetsuit, you’ll be opening up a whole new world of surfing to them by buying one for them. Winter surf is entirely different (bigger, better, more powerful, more fun) than summer surf. If they already have a wet suit, take a good look at it; wet suits are prone to getting holes in them, and over time, we tend to outgrow them. It may be time for a new one.

New Surfboard

This is the king of new gifts for surfers. Look at the boards they already have and get one that’s comparable. Or ask them if there’s any kind of surfboard they’re really like to have; chances are they have one in mind. There’s really nothing better you can get them.

Surfboard Stickers

Stickers are good for several things. For one, they look cool. It’s fun to stick them on your surfboard, your car or truck, and your pet’s food bowl. They’re also good for putting on little dings in your surfboard. As a gift giver, the best thing about stickers is that they’re cool and very cheap. You can probably get a handful for under $5 at a surf shop. They don’t have to be the expensive ones (there are expensive ones, too, $3-5 each).

Indo Board

The Indo Board is a good gift because it’s a new challenge that improves your balance, which surfers must have. These boards are useful for improving surfing and fun for everyone who tries them. I’ve seen them be quite useful at parties.

New Clothes from Their Favorite Surf Shop

If the surfer is like me or any surfer I know, they like plad shorts, tshirts, flip flops, and hats from their favorite surf shop. Just be sure to get the right size and their favorite brands.

Gift Card for Favorite Surf Shop

If you’re not sure what size or brands to get, or if they’re rather the money be spent on clothes or surfing equipment, get them a gift card for their favorite surf shop. If the surf shop doesn’t have gift cards, they probably have a way to add credit to a person’s name, which is basically the same thing.

Surfboard Tiedowns

Surfboard tiedowns tend to get loose over time. If they break while they’re holding a surfboard down onto a vehicle, the surfboard will fly off and probably crash into another vehicle. Either way, an expensive surfboard will be completely ruined. It’s a good idea to replace them every couple of years.

Month Supply of Surf Wax

One thing surfers always need is more surf wax. Luckily it’s really cheap, around $1-2 a bar. You’ll want to find out what their favorite brand of surf wax is and how often they surf. They probably need one bar for every day they surf. If they surf 20 days a month, pick them up 20 bars for around $20-30.

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Sex Wax Sculptures

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sex wax skull Sex Wax Sculptures

Artists and avid surfers Benjamin Anderson and Sean Anderson collaborated with Mr. Zog’s Sex Wax to create a really cool wax sculpture. They’ve named this one Sexy Skull.

It would be really interesting to see more things sculpted from surf wax; if you’re up to it, sculpt something and send in a picture. We’ll do a blog just for you.

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How to Wax Your Surfboard

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Wax is the stuff you rub on your board so that your feet stick to it. Without it, you’ll just slip right off when you catch a wave and try to plant your feet on the deck (the top of the board). There are several different kinds of surfboard wax, from Mr. Zog’s Sex Wax, Mrs. Palmer’s Sticky Bumps surf wax, and numerous other brands. They all have their own pluses and minuses, and they’re all really cheap. At around $2 per bar, you really should try out the different types of surf wax at your local surf shop to find which one you like best.

Once you arrive at the beach, pull out your board and lay it on the ground, with the deck (the part you lay on) facing up. This is the side you want to put the wax on since this is the side you put your feet on. You can also apply the wax while the board is standing up, propped against a car or truck.

While you’re learning, you should put a really thick coat of wax on your board, using as much as a whole bar of it before you get in the water. Rub the wax up and down and left to right to get it all over the deck. Pay special attention to the places where you know you’ll be planting your feet, but also put it in places you’re not sure about. For example, applying wax to the nose is a good idea in case you have to scramble up there to balance, and at the back in case your feet don’t hit the track pad. Surf wax is cheap stuff and it’ll keep you on your board, so use it and use it some more.

Once you have a thick coat of wax on your surfboard, you can improve the traction of it by using a regular cheap hair comb to scrape some grids into the wax. Basically, pull the comb down across the wax in one direction, then scrape it down in the other direction, to create squares or diamonds, depending on which way your head is turned.

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Grids in surf wax.

The best surf wax is not only sticky, but “bumps up” as it’s applied. This means that bumps of wax are created on the board’s deck as you wax it. This also increases traction.

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Wax that has bumped up. This board was waxed with Mrs. Palmer’s Sticky Bumps.

If you’re wearing baggies, more commonly known board shorts, put some wax in your pocket because you’ll likely need to re-wax your board after you catch some waves. While you’re in the water, just slip off your board and into the water, then hold onto your board while you wax it up. Surf wax also floats, so you’ll only lose it if a strong current grabs it from you and runs away with it. If you’re wearing a wet suit, you can slip a bar of wax into the calves of your wet suit for use in the water.

Be sure to take plenty of surf wax with you to the beach because you never know when the waves will be so awesome that you’ll be too stoked to leave before dark!

>> How to Remove Surfboard Wax

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How to Remove Surfboard Wax

Found in Surf Wax, Surfboard Care, Surfing — Tags: , , — Texas Surfer

Surfboard Wax isn’t usually sticky from one session to the next, so it needs to be removed from your board between sessions. You don’t have remove all of it, but removing a fair amount of wax will make room for the new wax and keep your board sticky for a fun ride every time.

Use a Comb

There’s more than one way to remove wax from your board, but one quick and reliable method is to simply use a comb. This can be a comb you buy at a surf shop like a Mr. Zog’s comb, or it can be a regular, 59 cent comb you get at a gas station. A normal, black hair comb will do the trick. Simply use it to scrape the wax off of your board, going in downward strokes while your board is on the ground or leaning up against something. It’s a good idea to pull the comb down in different directions too, so that a grid is made on your board with little squares about 2 inches apart. This helps with traction.

Got any good tips on how to remove the wax from your surfboard? Tell us about them here!

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