In the northern hemisphere, the best waves come when the air and water temps drop toward freezing. This is particularly true on the East Coast, where nor’easters bring pummeling head-high barreling tubes. Hunting down those waves, however, takes a kit built for the harshest elements. Most worthwhile breaks are at least a day trip away, so pack the cooler, fill your thermos full of coffee, steady yourself and venture beyond the palms and sunny weather of your standard beach break.


Midweight Geelong Crewneck Sweater by Filson $195
Light Boot by Danner $380
Wool Down Shirt Jacket by Nau $325
Panga 50 Duffle by Yeti $300
GN.O4 Waxed Canvas Pant by Red Clouds Collective $250
Rambler 36oz Bottle by Yeti $50

The Cooler

Hopper Flip 18 by Yeti $300

Surf Kit

Black Lung Watch by Doxa $2,190
R5 Yulex Front Zip Hooded Wetsuit by Patagonia $529
R5 Yulex Mitts by Patagonia $85
R5 Yulex Round Toe Booties by Patagonia $95