✏️ Updated on 2nd December 2020
So, you’re here because you need a gift, a present or something special for a certain surfer. Well, welcome to my ‘Best Gift Ideas For UK Surfers 2020’ blog post.
I’ve gone ahead and compiled a list of unique surfing presents and gift ideas in a wide range of pricing brackets.
Here are the pricing brackets we’ll be going through…
Gift Ideas For UK Surfers – Over £200+
Now, if you’re in need of a big present or main gift for a certain celebration this category is for you. With a few handpicked products these surfing gift ideas over £200 are bound to make an impact on any surfers accessory kit.
Apple Watch Series 6 (£409)
Fresh off the shelves and well over £200 we have the Apple Watch Series 6.
With the ability to download free surfing apps Dawn Patrol and Surf Watch, the Series 6 can quickly turn into your #1 surfing bestie.
Aside from all the surfing wizardry, this watch really is next level – considering it’s still just a watch. The new features include the ability to measure your blood oxygen and check your heart rhythm with the ECG app.
All the usual daily trackers work even better with 20% faster processing and you can keep measuring your workouts just like before.
GoPro HERO9 – Black (£379.99)
Another technological marvel in the surfing gadget department is the GoPro HERO 9 – Black Edition.
This surfing action camera is the latest in a long line of well established and well reviewed products from premium action camera brand GoPro.
With the GoPro HERO 9’s all new features including; Max Lens Mod, Hypersmooth 3.0, Timewarp 3.0, HindSight, LiveBurst and 8x Slow Mo so is a top end gift idea for any surfer. Not to mention, it’s waterproof to 10m even without a housing so is perfect for mounting on a surfboard.
Gift Ideas For UK Surfers – Under £200
For something that doesn’t require you to re-mortgage your house, but is still main present material – we’ve got the £100-£200 category.
Dryrobe Advance (£150)
Popular amongst the UK surf scene are these brilliant post surf blanket/poncho things. Dryrobe changing robes are one of the best things to put on after a chilly winter sesh (especially in the UK).
The water and windproof outside is accompanied by the super-warm synthetic lambswool inside. If that’s not enough, it comes with deep, fleece-lined pockets a two way reversible YKK® zip and weighs only 1.3kg.
AKASO Brave 7 LE (£111.99)
If you’re looking for a less expensive high performing surfing action camera, you can’t go far wrong with the AKASO Brave 7 LE.
This action camera can shoot in hyper-quality 4K at 30FPS video or 20MP photo whilst being completely weatherproof. Not only that, your underwater adventure can continue to 131FT/40M with the included waterproof housing equipped.
The vivid dual displays mean you can change views between back and front making it easier to use. The Brave 7 LE is also equipped with improved 6-axis EIS to greatly boost the stability and fluency of your recording.
Gift Ideas For UK Surfers – Under £100
If you’re still looking for something a bit cheaper than this next £50-100 section might be able to help.
Trickboard Classic Balance Board (£99.00)
Another interesting surfing gift that not everyone thinks of is the classic balance board. Built for the purpose of improving core stability and overall balance – this piece of kit can do wonders for surfers wanting to improve.
It’s not only useful for improving surfing technique, it can be used as part of your daily workout routine. The above is handmade in Poland using the finest materials possible and the reviews speak very highly of it.
Frostfire Moonwrap (£94.99)
If the Dryrobe Advance is not within budget, Frostwire have designed a similar product that reviews just as well.
Although the Frostwire Moonwrap doesnt quite have the build quality of the Dryrobe Advance, it’s a great thing to add to a surfers accessory kit. Features include a 100% waterproof outer shell with warm fleece lining, versatile pockets and easy two way zips.
Two Bare Feet Surfskate (£74.99)
Now, although this next gift doesn’t quite look like one for a surfer – don’t be fooled. 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 so go and check out the others using the link.
AKASO EK7000 Pro -Black (£59.99)
Another great value surfing action camera from AKASO is the very well reviewed AKASO EK7000 Pro.
This surfer gift idea can shoot video in 4K/25fps, 2.7K/30fps, 1080P/60fps or photos with a 16 MP lens. The waterproof housing also means the EK7000 Pro is watertight until 131ft making a great present for any surfer wanting to video their sessions.
Northcore Surfboard Rack (£54.99)
For those lucky enough to have more than a few surfboards, this wooden rack from Northcore makes the perfect storing solution.
The rack can store up to four surfboards as well as snowboards and wake boards. It’s made from eight pine arms wrapped in a thick foam sleeve to prevent any dings or pressure points to your surfboards.
All necessary mounting hardware is included for quick and easy installation.
The Wave Gift Vouchers (£50)
If you’re short on time and don’t have any other choice but to go e-voucher style – The Wave has you covered.
Offering a fantastic variety from beginner surfing lessons to expert waves, The Wave, Bristol is a great day out for any surfer. Their e-vouchers can be used in full or part payment for any surfing lesson or session and arrive into your inbox almost instantaneously!
For more info check out my ‘The Wave, Bristol – Everything You Need To Know’ guide.
Gift Ideas For UK Surfers – Under £50
If you’re looking for some unique UK surfer gift ideas with the £25-50 price range this next bit is your section.
Sportplus Balance Board (£49.99)
Now, this is the second and slightly more wallet friendly affordable balance board on this surfing gift. As mentioned above these things are great for surfers who want to improve their core stability.
Sportplus has been able to produce a really well reviewed balance board that offers all the same benefits as it’s expensive counterparts. It can hold up to an impressive 100kg in weight and is an effective way to improve balance and coordination.
SurfEars 3.0 (£44.94)
This next gift idea is not just a great surfing gift but they also help stop a common surfing condition known as Exostosis (also called surfers ear). With some great features and a premium build quality, it’s easy to see why these SurfEars 3.0 are leading the market for ear protection.
I’ve actually got a pair myself and they’re now essential for every surf trip I go on! Check out my own review of these SurfEars 3.0 in my ‘SurfEars 3.0 Review’ post for some more info.
The technology within these surfing ear plugs goes a long way and they’re sure to last the test of time. Having surfed with and without these earplugs, I’d definitely recommend them as a top gift for regular surfers.
APEMAN 4k Ultra HD – Black (£40.99)
Now, if any of the previous surfing cameras were a bit of a stretch on the surfer gift budget then the APEMAN 4k Ultra HD could be the present you’re after.
Like the others, this surfing action camera can shoot in 4k whilst stabilising video with anti-shake technology. The wide angle 170° lens means that everything from take off to wipe out can be captured.
The remote control for start and stop is another great feature that makes recording whilst surfing as easy as ever. The APEMAN 4k Ultra HD is also waterproof and the product reviews speak for themselves.
Carve Magazine Annual Subscription (£39)
For those who have all the surfing gear under the sun, this Carve magazine annual subscription is the perfect alternative.
With five issues arriving throughout the year this magazine subscription is the gift that keeps on giving. Carve is Britains #1 Surfing Magazine, so they also know what they’re doing – making for great bathroom reading.
Casio W-S210H-1AVEF (£37.97)
If a surfing watch is on someone’s list of presents but you can’t stretch to the above Apple Watch Series 6 , this Casio might do the trick. It’s not got quite the amount of technological wizardry but does offer some useful features a surfer might love.
The first feature is that it’s water resistant up to 100m, so there’s no worries when taking it for a surf. The second is the tide indicator, which shows the high and low tidal points at any location on any given date. It’s also got five daily alarms, a snooze feature and still enough room left to display the date and time.
Frostfire Surfboard Universal Roof Rack Set (£36.99)
Anyone who travels to the beach in a car will need some sort of surfboard roof rack. Luckily, Frostfire have produced this brilliant set to secure any surfboard to a cars roof.
This Frostfire roof rack set is compatible with any car and doesn’t require roof bars to be installed making it a great surfing gift. The soft pads and straps keep any surfboard safe during travel and the reviews on Amazon reflect how good it is at what it does.
Surfboard Carrying Bike Rack (£35.05)
For those lucky enough to bike to the waves, this surfboard carrying bike rack is a must. This rack can be attached to a multitude of bike frames and has gotten some great reviews on Amazon.
For the safest way to transport a surfboard on a bike, the KKmoon bike rack is the one you want. It’s made from lightweight aluminium and the adjustable straps keep the surfboard safe and secure in transit.
Northcore Changing Robe & Poncho (£34.79)
Northcore has dipped into the changing robe market and have produced this top notch surfers gift. This Northcore changing robe is made from high quality material and it’s a one size fits all – you literally can’t go wrong!
Made from 100% cotton, this Northcore changing robe is sure to dry off an exhausted surfer in no time. It’s a great surfing present for those who enjoy privacy when changing in and out of their wetsuits, and it’s machine washable!
Quiksilver Rash Vest (£31.99) / Roxy Rash Vests (£31.99)
Rash vests are a great gift for any surfer, especially in the UK. If it’s too hot in the summer, a rash vest is perfect. If it’s too cold in the winter, a rash vest is also perfect. These things are useful all year round and are a great addition to any surfers wardrobe.
With a great range of sizes, sleeve lengths and colours, both Quiksilver and Roxy have some great rash vests on offer. We’ve also got a great collection of the freshest rash vest designs in our store.
Ho Stevie! Surfboard Sock (£30.99)
There’s one thing every surfer should have and that’s some level of protection for their surfboard. The cheapest protection you can get for any surfboard is a surfboard sock. Ho Stevie! have built a high quality surfboard sock for a great price.
These surfboard socks not only review well but also come in a good range of shapes, sizes and colours. The high quality woven fabric protects the surfboard from any scrapes, dings and also UV sunlight. It also comes with a useful velcro pocket – great for storing spare wax and post surfing snacks.
Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) – Donation / Merch (£30)
I like to think any surfer worth their salt is, at heart, a budding environmentalist. We have our most fun amongst the waves, but it will only ever last as long as the waves are protected.
Surfers Against Sewage are a great charity that help protect our waves. They do this a number of ways, including pressurising government to hold polluting companies accountable.
There’s a few donation options including the usual one off donation or a recurring monthly donation. Surfers can also support the charity by purchasing any of their rad clothing merch from the shop.
Premium 30L Dry Bag (£26.99)
Another useful gift idea for any UK surfer is a proper dry bag. This premium version from Ultra Dry Adventurer is lightweight, comfortable to carry and puncture proof.
Perfect for those mega wet days where you need to keep everything inside your bag dry. At 30L in size this dry bag also has enough room for all your usual garments and comes with a premium waterproof phone case included.
The Wave Gift Vouchers (£25)
This surfing gift has already been mentioned, but if you’re short on time – The Wave have you covered.
Their e-vouchers can be used in full or part payment for any surfing lesson or session and arrive into your inbox almost instantaneously!
For more info about The Wave, check out my ‘The Wave, Bristol – Everything You Need To Know’ guide.
Gift Ideas For UK Surfers – Under £25
Now, if you’re looking for some smaller surfer gifts and presents this £10 – £25 section is for you.
Northcore Seat Covers (£24.19)
The penultimate surfing gift in this price category are these brilliant car seat covers from Northcore. As surfers, we get wet – this makes it very easy to get other things 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 a present I wish I had before I ruined my car seats with saltwater lines!
GoPro Bite Mount with Floaty (£22.99)
First present in this price category is the GoPro Bite Mount, which includes an additional Floaty. This is the perfect gift for anyone who has a GoPro and wants to take some great POV footage whilst surfing.
The additional Floaty can attach directly to a GoPro or GoPro case (preferred method). The Floaty stops a GoPro from sinking and the bright orange makes it easy to spot in the water. Think of it as a cheap insurance policy for an expensive action camera!
Northcore Surfboard Leash (£21.00)
Although I don’t have and extra one in my bag, I think it makes a lot of sense to have a spare leash. Only a few things would be worse than snapping your leash after five minutes in the waves and having to sit the session out.
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.
Wavelength Magazine Annual Subscription (£20)
If the first surfing magazine subscription from Carve was out of budget, Wavelength might be able to help. Born out of Newquay, Cornwall this surfing magazine is truly at the heart of the UK surf scene.
The annual subscription is £20 and four magazines land each year – one for each season. Similarly to the Carve magazine subscription, this is a surfing gift that keeps on giving making it a great present for any UK surfer.
Northcore Wetsuit Changing Mat & Bag (£19.99)
One of the best surfing accessories I’ve bought for myself so far is this Northcore Wetsuit Changing Mat. I’ve even done my own product review, which you can check here – Northcore Wetsuit Changing Mat product review.
This Northcore changing mat makes changing in and out of a wetsuit an absolute breeze. Plus, you can use it to transport the wet and sandy wetsuits home after a surf sesh, it’s amazing.
The drawstrings around the sides pull in to create a good sized bag for up to three wetsuits, it really is a fantastic gift idea for any surfer. I’ve taken it on every single surfing trip since and have recommended it to everyone who has asked about it, need I say more?
Northcore Surfboard Carrying Backpack (£19.99)
Another Northcore innovation that makes a great surfing gift is there surfboard carrying backpack. This thing is designed to help those transport their surfboard to and from the waves handsfree.
Aimed at surfers with a surfboard length of around 6ft 6 (or smaller), this carrying backpack takes the effort out of carrying a surfboard. The straps allow for unobstructed movement when walking, skating or cycling allowing you to get a few snaps for the gram before setting up camp.
Frostfire Mooncode Key Protection (£19.99)
One of the biggest dilemmas surfers come across when surfing is knowing where to put there valuables. Frostfire have of course built a sturdy solution with their Mooncode key protection unit for this exact scenario.
Great for surfers who drive to the coast and need somewhere safe to keep their car keys or debit cards. These things offer maximum security and can be attached to a car door handle or to the bottom of a vehicles chassis.
Osprey Wetsuit Hanger (£19.99)
Now, this may seem like a bit of a marmite type gift for a surfer but thought I’d include it anyway. Osprey have basically gone and created a very well reviewed wetsuit hanger.
The key features setting it apart from everything else out there are it’s durability and robust build quality. It comes with an adjustable strap and large carabineer so can hold up an impressive 22kg!
This might just be the missing bit of kit every surfer has needed their entire life and didn’t even know it…
Ding All Surfboard Repair Kit – (£18.75)
Another item that every surfer should have in their bag, the Ding All Surfboard Repair Kit. This well reviewed repair kit repairs cracks, breaks and ding damage so is useful to have spare 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 in the bag.
Northcore Desktop Tidal Clock (£17.99)
If you’re looking for something a little less surfy and a little more homely, this tidal clock from Northcore is a nice alternative.
Made from natural bamboo with a laser etched face, this Northcore tide clock provides a guide to tide times at any selected location. It’s easy to setup and at 10cm x 10xm is the perfect size for a desk or counter top.
Pickle Wax Remover (£17.98)
Every surfer who has ever removed wax from their surfboard knows just how hard it can be sometimes. Introducing the awesomely named Pickle Wax Remover…
Made from 100% recycled materials, the Pickle Wax Remover is an environmentally friendly way to freshen up any surfboard. Harsh chemicals like white spirit are no longer needed to restore a surfboard back to its original glory.
It’s a great little gift for any surfer and the pack also includes a surfboard wax comb as well!
Northcore Power Strokes Original (£15.99)
One of the most undertrained areas of a weekend surfers fitness is their paddle strength and endurance. The Power Strokes Original by Northcore is a great fitness tool that helps address this very common weakness.
In short, this is a resistance cable aimed at improving the upper body strength of surfers. Used regularly it can help build-up the major muscle groups used whilst paddling.
It comes with two interchangeable 3m bungee cords and two handles and can be used pretty much anywhere!
Fit-Flip Microfibre Towel – (£15.99)
No surfer would be where they are today without a humble towel. This Fit-Flip microfibre towel is currently the best reviewed product in its class on Amazon and the biggest size (200cm x 100cm) is only £15.99.
Being a microfibre towel, this thing is compact, lightweight and drys extremely quickly – so is perfect for a day tripping surfer. The ultra-soft material is made from the finest microfibre, boasting antibacterial benefits to prevent any build up of unpleasant odours. It also comes with a neat bag and has a 100-day money back guarantee!
World Surfspot Trumps Card Game (£14.99)
Now, this surfing gift idea is the perfect stocking filler – the World Surfspot Trumps card game. Putting that surfing twist on the classic top trumps, this pack of cards is a great thing to have spare in the car or van ready for the next weekend 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.
The team at Surf Trumps has also kindly sent over a coupon code. Use ‘NADELIK LOWEN’ at the checkout to save £3 on your order.
Northcore ‘Hook Up’ Magnetic Wetsuit Hanger (£13.99)
The penultimate Northcore product on this UK surfer gift list is their ‘Hook Up’ wetsuit hanger. Small enough to be a stocking filler 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 wont scratch the metal it’s placed on and also comes with a carabiner included.
Aquapac Keymaster (£12.48)
Here’s another surfing gift recommendation from personal experience – the Aquapac Keymaster. This is the solution I use to answer the question – where do I put my car key when I’m surfing?
Perfect for any surfer that goes surfing on their own and needs somewhere to keep their electronic car key safe. If any of that sounds familiar or if you want more info – check out my Aquapac Keymaster product review.
Dirtbusters Coco Loco Wetsuit Cleaner (£11.95)
The last surfing gift in this £10-£25 category (and another personal favourite) is a brilliant wetsuit cleaner and deodouriser by Dirtbusters. This eco friendly wetsuit cleaner uses eucalyptus to help remove any unwanted smells from your wetsuit.
This is a product I’ve used and reviewed myself and would thoroughly recommend it. Check out the full post here – ‘Coco Loco Wetsuit Cleaner – Review’. It not only removes any bad smells from a wetsuit but also helps prolong a wetsuits life – an awesome little addition to any surfers kit.
Gift Ideas For UK Surfers – £10 and under
This brings us to the last pricing category – the £10 and under stocking filler section. Believe it or not, there are still some great surfing gifts for UK surfers in this price range.
The Wave Gift Vouchers (£10)
Third and final mention for this particular surfing gift – gift vouchers for The Wave.
As mentioned above, these awesome vouchers can be used in full or part payment for any surfing lesson or session and arrive into your inbox almost instantaneously!
For more info about The Wave, check out my ‘The Wave, Bristol – Everything You Need To Know’ guide.
SYOSIN Professional Ear Plugs (£9.99)
The second pair of ear plugs on this surfing gift list are from SYOSIN. Offering a extremely well reviewed solution at a much more affordable price.
These surfing ear plugs may not have all the premium features of the SurfEars 3.0 mentioned above, but still help prevent exostosis (also known as surfers ear). They’re made from soft silicone and the ergonomic design helps them fit comfortably inside the ear.
I’d recommend any frequent UK surfer to have a set of earplugs to reduce the chances of getting Exostosis. These not only make a decent stocking filler, but can prevent a common surfers health issue from developing over time.
Northcore Waterproof Key Pouch (£6.99)
The last Northcore product on this UK surfer gift list is their waterproof key pouch. Offering similar features to the Aquapac for keeping your car key safe, but at a cheaper price.
With three levels of waterproofing this key pouch is sure to keep your car key safe and dry whilst surfing. Works until 10m water depth and is the perfect size for a standard electronic car key, but can even fit an iPhone 5, 6, 7 and 8.
Clear Ding Tape (£6.99)
For all the surfers who’ve damaged their surfboard during a session, this is one gift I bet they wished they had in their accessories bag.
Ding Tape is the quickest and easiest way to repair surfboard damage on the fly. It doesn’t require any mixing with glass and resin and can easily create a watertight repair in seconds.
Birds Original Surf Wax (£4.29)
No surfer is complete without a fresh block of wax for their next sesh. For that reason, here’s Birds Original Surf Wax made from eco-friendly, natural ingredients.
This surf wax is not only perfect for UK waters but can be used on skimboards, SUP paddle boards, kayaks and even drumsticks. There’s basically no such thing as too much wax when you’re a surfer, making it a perfect stocking filling gift for anyone who enjoys the waves.
100% Reclaimed Plastic Surfboard Wax Comb (£4.25)
The final surfing gift idea on this list is one of my favourites, it’s a surf board wax comb made using 100% Ocean Waste Plastic. The plastic used to create it was taken from the marine industry and would have otherwise gone into landfill or worse in our oceans.
Personally, I think it’s a great way of redistributing plastic waste and at such a low price, also helps contribute towards those trying to keep our oceans plastic free.
Gone Surfing Sign (£3.99)
Something a bit different but I thought worthy of inclusion. This ‘Gone Surfing’ sign is great little stocking filler and let’s be honest it’s something we all want hung up 24/7.
Made in a contemporary style from high grade PVC this sign would go well hung up in a house or van. It’s a decent size at only 20cm x 10cm, and has got some good reviews on Amazon by everyone who has bought it.
And that is that my salty friends. Genuinely well done for making it to the end of my ‘Best Gift Ideas For UK Surfers 2020’ blog post. I hope you found some decent surfer gift ideas on the way.
Would be great to know in the comments if you went for any of the above products or found something else even better – I’d love to add it to the list.
Thanks again for reading and don’t forget to check out my other surfing content!
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