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The Best Gifts for the Waterman


December 8, 2018 Buying Guides By Photo by Chandler Bondurant


If your ideal day includes floating or swimming in a body of water, you’ve come to the right place. We won’t make you pick between ocean, lake, river or pool, but the gifts below will provide you with an endless amount of ideas for your next water adventure. Beyond being good for you physically, being around water can be beneficial for your mental health as well. Use that as your excuse to get out and find your calm. These 20 gifts will appeal to any water-minded individual.

Olukai Nalukai Kapa Boot

The waterman can’t be barefoot all the time. Which is why they need a versatile boot that can tackle any modern adventure. Olukai’s stylish Nalukai Kapa Boot is constructed from water-resistant waxed canvas and provides a moisture-wicking microfiber lining on top of an anatomical EVA footbed. They’re the next best thing to being barefoot for any waterman.

Yeti Panga

As with everything Yeti designs, there is no forgotten detail in this backpack. It’s waterproof thanks to Hydrolok zippers and a shell that’s puncture-resistant. Whether you’re caught commuting in a rainstorm or out on the boat when the weather turns, this pack will keep your belongings safe and dry.

Slowtide Lau Beach Towel

When water is far away, this 100-percent cotton beach towel will transport you to your dream destination. The vibrant patterns can easily be displayed thanks to a hanging loop. We recommend you buy in bulk for the beach cabin of your dreams. All of your guests will want one.

Manda Organic Sun Paste

If you spend a lot of time outside, especially near a body of water, you need to protect yourself from the sun’s UV rays. This SPF 50 all natural and organic paste leaves a visible mark of lotion, so when you’re riding a wave, you have a visual reminder that you covered your face and shoulders.

Smith Lowdown 2 ChromaPop Polarized Sunglasses

The wayfarer style of the Lowdown 2 is an easy-to-wear style for almost all face types and never goes out of style. The ChromaPop lens means that colors will look crisp and clear. Megol nose pads keep the sunnies in place during an intense game of beach volleyball or a run in the sand.

Red Paddle Co. Ride MSL

Whether you are looking to get in a good workout rowing against the tide, want to try your hand at yoga on the water or want to bring your pet with you on an adventure, an inflatable paddle board makes it possible. This one comes with a pump, phone case and pressure gauge, which all pack down into a backpack for seamless transport.

Orca 20 Cooler

A roto-molded exterior and heavily insulated interior mean up to 20 quarts of drinks and food stay cold for up to 10 days. After your adventure is over, clean it out and drain it via the easy-flow spout on the side.

Goldwin Hooded Pullover Shirt

For those chilly beach mornings that turn into beautiful sunny afternoons, this lightweight polyester hoodie is an easy pick. It’s made in Japan, and the reinforced seams and water-repellency are sturdy enough for whatever island weather throws at you.

Kicker Bullfrog BF100

This wireless Bluetooth speaker is waterproof enough to accompany you on a boat or to the backyard pool party. If you get more than one, you can also pair them together for a surround sound experience.

Olukai Kia’i II Sandals

Those who spend their time around water need a trusty, rugged sandal that can handle the abuse of sand and saltwater. The Kia’i II, which translates to “guard,” is designed specifically to withstand the rigors of the Hawaiian Lifeguard Association. If they can hold up for the best lifeguards on earth, we bet the waterman you know will love them.

Hydro Flask Sports Water Bottle Wide Mouth

If you need water to stay cold for the entire time you’re out fishing or surfing, a Hydro Flask wide mouth is the way to go. Add a BPA-free straw lid to the stainless steel double-wall, vacuum-insulated bottle and you can flip, sip and go. Sizes range from 32 to 40-ounces.

Haydenshapes HS Hypto Krypto F/Flex Surfboard

This board comes in a 5’4 and 5’10 size option, so it’s versatile and a breeze to paddle. The Hypto Krypto has consistently rated among the top surfboards available since its release.

Lifeproof Fre

When you’re around water, you need to protect your phone. Submerge your phone in 2 meters of water for up to an hour and the new Fre case for the iPhone XS will keep it functional. The exterior seals to keep water, dirt, snow and debris out from the tiny crevices on the screen.

GoPro Hero7 Black

Underwater videos are insanely soothing to watch, but difficult to make. Pack this GoPro Hero7 Black, and you’re able to catch all of the below sea level action. Whether you’re cliff jumping off the coast or snorkeling, this palm-sized device predicts your movements and stabilizes, so you’re not watching a home-made version of The Blair Witch Project.

Howler Brothers Men’s Bruja Stretch Boardshorts

The cotton-polyester-spandex combination in these boardshorts is comfortable with just the right amount of stretch so you can focus on your surfing performance and not worry about your boardshorts. The front and back pockets keep your belongings safe and secure.

Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life

Even if you’re not interested in surfing, this adventure memoir by William Finnegan is worth a read. It provides insight on what happens when surfing becomes a way of life. Finnegan learned how to surf as a child and traveled to surf some of the most famous waves throughout his life. If you need more convincing, the book is also a Pulitzer Prize winner.

The Surfer’s Journal

Since 1992, this beautiful magazine has dedicated itself to telling unique and unusual stories around surf culture. Throughout the 132-pages of each edition, you’ll experience everything that runs parallel to a surfer’s vein. Each issue will catapult you to far away lands and waves.

Leatherman Surf Pocket Multitool

The everyday surfer needs a streamlined EDC tool, and this stainless steel surf tool fits the bill. It’s TSA friendly, so go wherever the waves take you. It’s also adapted for a lanyard, meaning it’ll be less likely to go missing after a day in the water.

Nixon Ultratide, 45mm

The Ultratide pumps out all of the stats you want to know before, during and after your session. Check out surf conditions in realtime, so you’re prepared for whatever tide and swell directions are ahead. The water and air temperatures are game-changers for those who want to hop in somewhere off the grid.

NeedEssentials 1.5mm Pull Over Jacket

Bulk up your upper body warmth with a 1.5mm surf jacket. If the water is chilly, but you can’t hold back on an impressive swell, throw this on. The four-way stretch neoprene moves with you and the wave.

Katin Seaside 5 Panel Cap

Whether you’re in a landlocked state or along the coasts, water-lovers everywhere will appreciate this rugged as the sea five-panel navy cap.

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