Surfing is one of the most difficult things you will ever do. It also happens to be the most fun. The first time you rocket down the line on a wave, you will instantly forget about all the times you took a wave on the head while paddling out or fumbled about like an idiot trying to get to your feet. And then you will spend endless hours trying to recapture that feeling. It’s that addictive.
At its core, surfing is an aesthetic pursuit. It isn’t just about riding waves, it’s about doing so with style and grace. A good surfer makes it look effortless. It’s no surprise, then, that surfers have figured out a thing or two about style in the water and out.
To help you capture that vibe, we gathered some of the coolest surf gear out right now for our latest Lookbook. Whether you’re riding giants or ankle-slappers or just want to chill on the beach, these styles will come in handy.
1. DAKINE JETTY BACKPACK
This is the ideal beach bag. It has a waterproof roll-top compartment to keep your wet boardshorts or wetsuit separate from the rest of your gear and an insulated cooler pocket to store the ever-important post-surf beers.
2. BODY GLOVE VAPOR X NUKES BOARDSHORTS
If you show up to the beach in some loud palm tree/polka-dot/plaid boardshorts, everyone will know you’re a poser. Keep it simple with a bold primary color. These Body Glove trunks are the perfect length, stretch great in the water, and dry super-quick.
3. BROTHERS MARSHALL T-SHIRT
Founded by three Malibu surfers, Brothers Marshall refuses too take itself too seriously. With items like this “Off My Wave Kook” T-shirt, the brand is keeping the wiseass spirit of surfing alive.
4. RAEN SQUIRE SUNGLASSES
Raen’s team includes some of the most stylish surfers to set foot on a board, including Danny Fuller, Mikey Detemple, and Alex Knost. Raen’s Squire sunglasses feature a classic wayfarer shape, and the clear frames are the perfect color for summer shades.
5. LOCALS SLIPPA
In Hawaii, flip-flops are called “slippas” and the ones you’ll spy on the feet of most locals are, well, Locals. Their simple design can stand up to long treks to surf breaks and still look sharp at a beach bonfire or BBQ.
6. NOMADIC THREAD SOCIETY TURKISH TOWEL
Modeled after the ones used at traditional Turkish baths, this has a different feel than your typical plush bath towel. But once you use it, you’ll appreciate the difference. It’s absorbent and dries ridiculously fast. The towel also packs down small to make it easier to fit in your bag.
7. PATAGONIA BAGGIES JACKET
Patagonia’s Baggies shorts have been around forever because of their do-everything versatility. Now that spirit comes in jacket form. This is the ideal windbreaker to throw on after the sun sets.
8. RVCA ESPO CRASH HAT
Better known by his graffiti name “ESPO,” artist Stephen Powers creates smart and fun works that are inspired by traditional sign painters. For this snapback cap, he painted a witty “Wanted A Place To Crash” graphic that will fit in at any beach around the globe.
9. MODERN BLACKBIRD SURFBOARD
From $475, surfindustries.com
The Blackbird is a great shape for beginners, allowing them to get into waves easily. But more advanced surfers can still rip on it as well. It comes in a variety of bright colors that will help you stand out in the water.