✏️ Updated on 4th January 2023
Welcome surfer dude and dudettes, in today’s blog post we’re discussing the ‘Best Car & Van Surfing Accessories 2023’.
This list has been collated to achieve two things; to make your surfing trips better and to overcome any car type issues you may encounter on the way. For this reason, expect some very specific surfing accessories and some very specific car and van accessories.
I kept the best till last so good luck not skipping to the end, let’s get started!
Northcore Seat Covers (£27.99)
This first accessory is an essential bit of car and van surfing kit – Northcore’s seat covers. We surfers like to get wet, this means other things get wet and salt water doesn’t mix well with fabrics.
These car seat covers stop the common and unwanted lines left when saltwater dries on fabric. From experience, this is an accessory I wish I had before ruining my car seats with saltwater lines!
Holts Tyre Puncture Repair Kit (£10.99)
This second accessory is one of the essential bits of kit I think everyone should have in their own car or van – a tyre puncture repair kit. This little kit can re-inflate a punctured tyre whilst at the same time sealing the puncture.
This is the easiest and quickest way to get you back on the road if you experience a puncture. The idea is that once used, you’ll be able to get yourself to a garage to properly sort out that puncture. The non-toxic formula doesn’t damage the tyre and can easily be wiped out. It’s also suitable for tyres sizes up to 16″.
Northcore ‘Hook Up’ Magnetic Wetsuit Hanger (£14.99)
Another great Northcore product to keep in the car or van is the ‘Hook Up’ wetsuit hanger. Small but still a great little surfing accessory.
The ‘Hook Up’ has the ability to hold up to 20kg, making post surf wetsuit dramas much easier to handle. It’s got a silicone rubber outside so won’t scratch the metal it’s placed on and also comes with a carabiner included.
AstroAI Tyre Inflator Kit (£32.99)
If you wanted some extra puncture precaution or have larger tyres, this tyre inflator kit should do the trick. It plugs straight into your cigarette lighter socket so can just live in the boot of your car or van until needed.
This particular tyre inflator kit is really well reviewed on Amazon and can inflate a tyre from 0-35 PSI in under five minutes. The digital display also allows you to choose the correct PSI you require for your tyre. If you’re a stand-up paddleboard user, the additional nozzles in the kit will make inflating that SUP easier than ever.
Clear Ding Tape (£6.99)
For all the surfers who’ve damaged their surfboard during a session, this is one item I bet they wished they had in their car or van.
Ding Tape is the quickest and easiest way to repair surfboard damage on the fly. It doesn’t require any mixing with resin and can easily create a watertight repair in seconds.
First Aid Kit (£26.99)
Another great car and van accessory that I think should be in every vehicle is a decent first aid kit. This particular product comes from Amazon’s leading provider of first aid kits and includes 220 essential items.
As with most first aid kits, it’s super organised and features multiple compartments with additional space to add more supplies. This comprehensive kit includes; antiseptic towels, butterfly closures, safety pins, fingertip strips, first aid tape, eye pads, metal medical scissors, instant cold packs, large foil emergency blankets and a range of plasters. In short, this is a must have.
Frostfire Moonwrap (£89.99)
This is usually the first thing we go to after a surf, the trusty changing poncho. I’ve decided to include the more affordable Frostwire model that reviews just as well as the popular Dryrobe Advance.
With similar features, the Frostwire Moonwrap is a must have in the van or car when thinking about surfing accessories. Features include a 100% waterproof outer shell with warm fleece lining, versatile pockets and easy two way zips.
HomEasy Electric Lunch Box (£21.99)
This nifty bit of kit is useful for those hardcore winter surfers who want a warm meal after the freezing cold sesh. Built from high quality temperature resistant materials, this car-friendly electric lunchbox is able to heat meals on the go.
Inside is an easy to clean stainless steel 1.5L container, so plenty of room for some warm or cold food. It’s really well reviewed on Amazon and even comes with two plugs, so if you’re not using it on the go it can be used at home.
Frostfire Surfboard Universal Roof Rack Set (£39.99)
Another essential car and van accessory is this universal surfboard roof rack. Frostfire have produced this very well reviewed set that secures surfboards to any car roof.
This also means that roof bars don’t have to be installed making it great value. The soft pads and straps keep any surfboard safe during travel and the reviews on Amazon say it all.
Eono Power Inverter (£29.99)
This next accessory is for those in need of a three point plug socket whilst out on the road. If you were unaware, it’s possible to boost your car’s 12V cigarette lighter into a 240V three point socket.
The mega company that is Amazon have created this Eono Power Inverter which reviews very well and is priced very competitively. Alongside the usual three-point socket are two additonal USB ports for super fast charging of phones and tablets. This inverter comes in a durable metal housing so can withstand bumps and drops whilst also being designed to prevent overheating.
Two Bare Feet Surfskate (£74.99)
This car and van accessory is perfect to keep in the boot for those flat days. Surfskates are skateboards designed to help surfers improve their balance and manoeuvrability. The trucks are built in a way that help the rider carve from left to right, generating their own power.
Two Bare Feet offer a well reviewed product for a great price. It’s not that unusual for the cost of a surfskate to go well past the £150 mark – so I think the above is great value. The design shown is just one from a large selection at the same price, check out the others using the link above.
Pxwaxpy Solar Power Bank (£24.95)
When all hope is lost in terms of power, this solar power bank is able to provide a secret lifeline.
Using the newest solar power technology, this 26800mAh power bank is capable of charging an iPhone XS or Galaxy S10 up to six times without recharging. This particular power bank also comes with a massive 24-month warranty, giving you that peace of mind if anything goes wrong.
Northcore 5GS Surf Key Safe (£24.99)
One of the biggest dilemmas surfers come across when surfing is knowing where to put their valuables. Northcore have of course built a sturdy solution with their surf key protection safe for this exact scenario.
Great for surfers who drive to the coast and need somewhere safe to keep their car keys. These things offer maximum security and can be attached to a car door handle or to the bottom of a vehicles chassis.
AUTOPkio Portable Shower & Bucket (£26.99)
Another great car and van accessory for any surfer is the mighty portable shower. With sand being what it is, this outdoor shower and bucket combo is a great way to alleviate all those sand related stresses. Whether it be cleaning sandy toes or a super sandy doggo, this thing will do the trick.
With the ability to be plugged straight into a car or van’s 12V cigarette lighter port, this truly is a portable shower. The power cord is 3M long and the hose is 1.8M long, so plenty of room to move about and get clean. The additional bucket is where the water reservoir goes, but doubles up as a storage bin when not in use.
World Surfspot Trumps Card Game (£12.99)
If you’re having a bit of downtime, or the forecast lied to you again…these surfing top trump cards are great to have in the car or van. They put a surfing twist on the classic top trumps game and are a great thing to have ready for any surfing trip.
Each pack contains 34 professionally printed cards with ten comparable stats and there are currently three complete volumes available. There’s also more packs in the pipeline with UK specific and Ireland specific volumes coming soon.
PHATRIP Easy Access Roof Pedal (£49.99)
This is possibly my favourite car and van accessory ever, the PHATRIP Easy Access Roof Pedal. This device connects to the standard door locking system present on almost every car and provides an extra step-up to easily access the roof.
Perfect for surfers who are stretching to strap down multiple surfboards to the tops of their cars and vans! This thing can support a massive 28.5 stone or 400lbs whilst providing a firm support when accessing the roof of your vehicle. If that wasn’t enough, the soft rubber triangles prevent any denting or paint damage whilst in use.
Ding All Surfboard Repair Kit (£18.75)
If you’re in need of more in terms of surfboard repair, this Ding All Surfboard Repair Kit is perfect. It’s well reviewed and can repair all cracks, breaks and ding damage if all goes wrong amongst the waves.
It comes with everything you’d need to repair a surfboard including instructions for how to do everything. This is one of those ‘wish you had it when you needed it’ kits, so even if it isn’t used straight away it’s still good to have spare.
Oasser Boot Organiser (£38.99)
For those of us who love to be organised, this boot organiser takes things to an almost satisfying level. This is a great bit of kit to have in any car or van as it makes storing all of the above items super easy.
Built from 5mm density board and covered in 1680D waterproof Oxford cloth, this is a proper solid boot organiser. It comes with aluminium handles, detachable compartments and can be folded down as small as a normal laptop bag. Finally, it includes some reflective strips to provide some extra visibility when unloading in the dark.
Northcore Surfboard Leash (£18.99)
Having a spare one of these in the car makes a lot of sense…if you snap your leash on the first day of a three day surf weekend, your weekend is basically not gonna be as good.
Unsurprisingly, Northcore have produced a very well reviewed, robust surfboard leash in sizes from 6-9ft. The 6mm thickness reduces the chance of it snapping and the dual swivel points reduce the chance of it getting tangled up.
If you’re unsure of what length to buy, get a leash the same length or a bit longer than the surfboard it’s getting attached to.
Car & Van Seat Organisers (£25.99)
These car and van seat organisers are so good, they lift the weight of organising off your shoulders in the process. They consist of three separate store modules connected by durable zips. This means each organiser can be used separately, so are perfect for both cars and vans.
They include large capacity pockets that make packing the car for a surf session an absolute dream. The material is 600D Oxford cloth that’s both splash proof and machine washable. These organisers will level up your car storage game and help to reduce all that clutter.
Surfing Log Book (£7.99)
Another really awesome car and van accessory is this surfing log book. It includes 100 pages of structured areas to fill in to remind yourself how each surfing session went.
It’s 15cm x 22cm and includes the following features to jot down; Date, Location, Session Type, Weather, Air & Water Temperature, Wave Size, Companions and many more. It’s a great way to keep a track of your progress and help focus on areas to improve in your next session.
Thetford Portable Toilet (£109.99)
For those who are going super offroad where the nearest toilet is completely unknown, we have the Thetford potable toilet. This car and van accessory is not to be confused with the very similar looking HomEasy electric lunch box mentioned above.
This premium portable toilet comes with a handy flushing function and can hold up to 21L of waste. It’s fairly light to carry at just under 5kg, easy to store and easy to empty. This is perfect for those nomad surfers who love to get away from it all, whilst maintaining a bit of normality in the toilet department.
Northcore Wetsuit Changing Mat & Bag (£21.99)
One of the best value surfing accessories to have in your car or van is a wetsuit changing mat. They’re super handy and double as a wet/drybag to store and transport wet and sandy wetsuits home.
If you fancied watching a product review of this one, you can find it here – Northcore Wetsuit Changing Mat product review.
I’ve taken mine on every single surfing trip and have recommended it to everyone who has asked about it, need I say more?
OMORC Pet Car Seat Cover (£22.99)
For any dog loving surfers out there, this might be the best car and van accessory you ever buy. This easy to install pet car seat cover is perfect for keeping any sand, mud and hair away from the actual inside of the car.
The material itself consists of four layers to make it both comfortable and durable. It’s easy to clean with a damp cloth or vacuum, but is also machine washable if you fancy giving it a proper clean. It’s really well reviewed on Amazon and is designed as universally fitting, so is suitable for the vast majority of cars.
Northcore Hawaiian Hula Doll (£14.99)
This list would not have been complete without this timeless addition, the Northcore Hawaaian Hula Doll. This classic hula doll dances and hulas away as you make your way to the coastline.
The 7″ figurine was built from a hand sculpted mould and hand painted to achieve that perfect finish. Helping channel that Aloha Spirit, the real question is…are you even a surfer if this isn’t on your dashboard?
Well team, I hope this list of the ‘Best Car & Van Surfing Accessories 2023’ was useful.
Was great fun finding all of these awesome products and if I was minted I’d probably buy all of them! My favourite product (excluding the hula doll) is the ‘PHATRIP Easy Access Roof Pedal’. It’s just a super intelligent way to easily access the car roof, which we surfers do a lot.
Let me know in the comments if you use any other awesome products on your surfing trips. Be sure to follow on the usual socials below to keep up to date with the latest surfing content!
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