If you’re looking to share the gift of stoke, we’ve saved you the guesswork by helping you pick out the best gifts for surfers. From staying warm on those early surf checks to travel friendly coffee options, from surf accessories to essential reading material, our in house editorial team has curated a selection for presents that every surfer would love to receive above all else – assuming saving the planet, world peace and set waves won’t fit in their stocking.
As years go, 2020 probably won’t be remembered particularly fondly. If you managed to keep in the water, keep safe, and generally keep your head up, well done. If you didn’t, well the good news is that lineups will soon be opening up, an air of turning the corner is shortly upon us.
Being locked down and fixed on our screens, while not ideal, didn’t leave us entirely without learnings though. Not only have we come to double down on our appreciation of those things we love but take for granted, like getting outdoors, riding waves and exploring our coasts, we’ve stepped back and taken stock of what gear we buy, and why.
Whether you’re an ardent tree hugger or not, we can all agree that buying endless amounts of cheap crap probably isn’t the future. Fast fashion and throwaway society isn’t in line with core surfing’s values, and that’s why at Wavelength we’ve opted for quality in the gear we recommend and sell, above all else. If you buy a jacket to keep warm chasing down winter swells, we want that jacket to be delivering warmth season after season, not ending up in landfill.
“Presents that every surfer would love to receive above all else – assuming saving the planet, world peace and set waves won’t fit in their stocking…”
From using local Cornish production in our prints, to Peta-approved vegan, climate neutral, Fair Wear certified textiles in our hoodies, to collabing with quality brands that make proper, quality kit, like Roark, Deus, Arcade and Stance, we want to exceed your expectations.
With this in mind, we’ve put together a range of gifts from drinkware to outerwear to great magazine subscription offers; the centrepiece of what we’re about, reader-supported independent publishing.
From gifting that surfer in your life delicious coffee beans, something to make it and drink it out of, quality surf storytelling to stoke them out during downtime and great kit to equip them for the hunt for waves, we’re sure you’ll find the right gifts right here.
Nothing says Christmas like socks, nothing is more the opposite of pants than a WL subscription. Get 2 premium print editions of the magazine featuring the best surf storytelling in the world, stunning photography and unparalleled design in your hand, not your phone. With stoke hosiery experts at Stance further sweetening the deal, no wonder it’s one of our most successful subs deals ever.
For the preserving of modesty, drying in style, staking a claim to that prime poolside sunlounger early doors, look no further than Slowtide Loreto. Ultralight chambray, 100% cotton Turkish towels are the perfect grab-and-go for any destination at home or on safari, featuring woven design both sides and fringe detail at each end. Shop Slowtide Loreto here.
A genuine game changer on the portable coffee scene, Aeropress makes delicious coffee anywhere, anytime. The Aeropress Go is lightweight, durable, practical and easy to clean, and will brew delicious espresso or Americano coffee right into a handy portable cup to improve any and every surf check. Throw in a FREE 200g bag of Allpress espresso beans into the mix and this is probably the best pressie oneupmanship since king no. 3 saw their frankincense and myrrh, and raised ’em a gold ingot. Shop Aeropress Go + Free Allpress Espresso Beans here.
For the completist Wavelength superfan, get the two latest volumes 258 & 259 plus a limited edition t-shirt with the Unseen/Unsung Gift Set. The classic crew neck t-shirt is printed with feature art from vol 259’s ‘Last Good Season’ story where Phil Jarratt recounts stories from Uluwatu in ’72, as the surfing world descended on the sleepy stretch of Balinese coast during an iconic moment in surf history. Deep indigo 100% combed cotton t-shirt features chest and back print artwork. Shop Unseen Unsung Gift Set here.
Whether beset by trial and tribulation along the rocky road of life or lead into temptation, keep your trousers on both literally and figuratively with the Arcade Padre Leather belt. With the strength and feel of leather but the comfort and versatility of stretch, the Padre delivers the great looks, build quality and craftsmanship Arcade are legendary for. Shop Arcade Padre belt here.
WLCR Premium Hoody – £49
An everyday wardrobe essential with classic looks and contemporary sensitivities, the WLCR Premium Hoody is built from 100% combed 320g organic cotton soft CVC fleece. This PETA approved vegan, climate-neutral ethical Fair Wear regular fit navy hoodie is screen printed right here in the People’s Republic of Cornwall and features small chest print detail. Shop WLCR here.
For the surfing enthusiast that needs reminding of their station in life, while enjoying a delicious hot beverage. Lazer etched in Cornwall, ideal for van, tent or cave, enamel mugs are a durable drink ware option that gain character as they age, just like that cute grumpy local. Shop WL Kook Enamel Mug here.
WL Classic Cuffed Beanie – £16
“80% of heat is lost from your…” Maybe it’s 90. Maybe it’s £350 million/week for the NHS. Maybe 95% of stats are made up on the spot. In an uncertain world, one thing you can be sure of is classic, turned cuff design and a clean Wavelength logo embroidered in Cornwall. A double layer knit delivers essential warmth, while soft touch fabric is durable season after season. Shop WL Classic Cuffed Beanie here.
For the gentleman stoke seeker who prefers to embellish his vibe with the touch of the handyman at home on the range. He can (probably) whip out the spark plug, dip it in gasoline and turn over that pesky pick up, he can size up a spruce thicket and select for timber that beam which will best sturdy up the barn. Perhaps he can do none of these things, and yet you’ll love him just the same, which is why he deserves the supreme comfort of brushed lightweight cotton flannel, with the great looks of textile stripes and contrast collar in classic fit. Shop Roark Nordsman Lightweight Flannel here.
Deus Canggu Jacket – £110
Layer up in style with the Deus Canggu coach’s jacket. The beauty of simple things comes to fore in this classic, branded press snap closure and drawstring hem, 100% cotton coated water-resistant canvas quilt-lined coach’s jacket. With Deus’ Canggu Temple of Enthusiasm address on the back, you don’t even need to stand on the steep side of Mt Agung with the right eyes on the right afternoon to see the high water mark of the hipster movement. Shop Deus Canggu Jacket here.
Roark Axeman Jacket £220
The Axeman is one of Roark’s longest-standing designs. Known to provide excellent protection come winter, the unique clasps and design of the Axeman standout. Constructed with a durable shell fabric and insulating lining, we continue to evolve this well-known and successful style into a style that will outlast trend and continue as a brand favourite. Shop the Roard Axeman Jacket.