With the first day of summer less than a week away, it’s our duty here at The Surf Channel to put together a list of must-haves for all you lovely surfer girls! The list below is comprised of practical and stylish new items that can be used while searching for waves, or just maintaining that beach chic look 24/7. So, before we all become sunkissed and surfed-out, take a look at this 2015 Summer Essentials list that will make your next few months that much sweeter.
With all of the springsuits on the market for 2015, it wasn’t hard to pick the ever reliable Xcel brand. Cut at the legs with standard long sleeves, the Hanalei Springsuit is both fashionable and affordable for the surfer girl on a budget. The Xcel Hanalei Springsuit provides 2mm of protection and warmth from the sometimes still chilly afternoon sessions.
What really completes a true surfer girl’s look? Seashell and sea glass jewelry of course! Etsy is the perfect one stop shop for surfer girls looking to bring the ocean’s natural beauty with them wherever they go. With a wide selection of rings, necklaces, earrings and more, Etsy has plenty of options for the perfect accessory to keep it casually-cute outside the water.
Not only does Freestyle offer tide watches in countless color variations, but they’re affordable too. Perfect for women, Freestyle’s Shark Tide Watch isn’t bulky, and keeps you up to date with 150 pre-programmed tides charts. Pretty sweet deal for something meant to tell time and tides!
If you’re looking for a way to stop the rays from aging your skin (or even worse- cancer), look no further. The brand known for its durabilitiy and long lasting wear and tear in the water is no newcomer to the sunscreen market. Kelia Moniz, Mick Fanning, and Shane Dorian are all familiar faces who wear Vertra’s The Shelter Sun Resistant Foundation Face Stick that provides a tinted basecoat with 30+ SPF. The best part? It’s non-greasy in the water and won’t wash off immediately upon submersion!
Ever feel like there was a less-bulky way to adventure with all your beach necessities? With the oh-so-clever design of The Bag Towel by Urban Barrels, you can fold all your goodies away into one item that provides the space-saving ingenuity that all surfer girls need. When it comes to converting and folding the towel back into a bag, there is even a small pocket on the outside for your wallet, keys, or sunscreen. The Bag Towel, by design, is the perfect beach essential and comes in a wide select of colors to choose from. And the best part? Every bag is made out of old and unused sailboat sails.
Since 1953, Body Glove has been making practical wetsuits for surfers, and this year’s 2015 ‘Breathe’ Collection is taking that innovation to the next level. We’ve included their paddle suit in our list of summer essentials for top notch sun protection, while simultaneously avoiding bikini mishaps. The ‘Sanctuary’ Paddlesuit by Body Glove is an essential for those who want to ditch the wetsuit all together, but still want some coverage when you hit the lineup. Plus, Body Glove Girl Team Rider Tatiana Weston-Webb seems to be loving them just as much!
When it comes to keeping your stick protected as you travel to and from your favorite break and discover new ones this summer, it’s always smart to be mindful of your environmental impact. Afterall, as surfers we do have a responsibility to protect our playground. Luckily, Sagebrush Boardbags do just that. Made from sustainable materials into a chic beachy design, the board bag is the perfect fit for a surfer girl looking to support an awesome company making waves in the sustainable surfing community.
One of the newer products to hit women’s surfing gear has to be the land and sea capri! Teeki took that one step further, and designed hot pants made from recycled bottles, that are both surf-friendly, and sustainable. Supporting companies that are environmentally friendly is easy to do, when clothing is as practical and fresh as Teeki. With countless patterns, colors, styles, and designs to choose from, there is a Teeki bottom out there for every surfer girl’s next wave!
This is not just a 2015 summer essential, it’s a life essential! Having a passport allows limitless travel, and the ability to pick up and go on a last minute adventure with your closest friends or loved ones. Don’t let yourself have any reason to be stuck in the states when you have the opportunity to cross some borders! Additionally, sites like Airbnb make travel accommodations much easier and more affordable.