Best Surfer Gifts
by Corky Carroll
Yes kiddies, it’s that time of year again when many of you are banging your heads against the wall, or some other hard surface, trying to figure out what gift to give to a certain surfer in your life. This pertains to those of you who do not surf yourselves so you really have no idea of what the perfect and desired present might be. Bang no longer for I have come to save the day. Yep, this is my annual list of great suggestions of what you need to bring that big happy smile and, “oh my God, how did you know this is EXACTLY what I wanted?” from that particular surfer.
This list could be miles long but due to the space I have I have whittled it down to a few good ideas in each spending level. Starting off with the least expensive and going up to higher levels. Perfect stocking stuffers and other casual gifts we have items such as surf wax, surf leashes, ding repair kits, hats, sunblock, surf videos and the always popular t-shirts. We all love and wear t-shirts constantly. A hint, get them a size bigger than you think they might wear as most surfers like ‘em a bit baggy. It’s the weightlifters and those kind of people that like them really tight. Surfers like comfort and casualness. Like me, I tend to go for XXXL, even though I am probably a medium. (shut up). Another great gift is a book. Just so happens my new book, “NOT DONE YET,” is now out and available on Amazon. PERFECT gift. Also, I would like to recommend Joey Racano’s fantastic new collection of art, poems and stories called “POETRY OF DRAGONS, Serpents and Sea Monsters.”
Huntington Beach locals all know Joey, he could be found playing music in front of Starbucks most any evening for years. A super talented dude. I recorded on of his songs, “Little bit of Rhythm,” on my Visions of Paradise CD some years back. You can get one of these books direct from Joey at firstname.lastname@example.org. Might I also suggest that you check out www.bluemangosurf.com. There is all kinds of stuff there that would work perfectly for you.
Moving up in price point you could go for a hoodie, Hawaiian shirt (this is mostly for older dudes), board travel bag, surf watch, or even a wetsuit. Wetsuits are great gifts but a little bit hard to buy unless you know the exact model and size for your special surfer. This is an item I would probably get a gift certificate for. Most reputable surf shops that carry a full line or products have gift certificates available.
O.K. now let’s move into the more special and more expensive suggestions. Obviously this would include a new surfboard, or SUP if that is what your surfer is into riding. These cost a lot more but are also something that really is special to give. If you want to really stoke ‘em out, this is a great way to go. What you need to know to get the exact right one is something that you will have to covertly get out of them. Asking their best surf pals is another way to do it. Or there is the aforementioned gift certificate. And again, let me aim you to www.bluemangosurf.com if a custom handmade board is the way you want to go.
Lastly, and for the really over the top mind blowing and only reserved for the most extra special surfer in your life, the ultimate gift is a surf trip. And I have the perfect one for you. Yes, this is the chance I get to self-promote a little bit each year. I offer an all-inclusive surf adventure package to come and stay with me at a perfect point break in the tropics of Mainland, Mexico. The water is always in the low 80’s, air temps high 80’s and the surf is great. All food, drinks, use of boards and personal coaching (if desired) is included. We also have a pool and high-speed internet. Perfect just show up, surf and not have to do anything vacation, tons of relaxing going on. Email me at corkysurf.com for all info. Great for couples too. O.K., that’s the end of my plug.
I hope this helps you out and that you all have an amazing Holiday season. This has not been the easiest year for any of us and hopefully a little cheer will perk life up a bit. Fa la la la LAAAAAAA.