Holiday shopping ideas from Corky Carroll
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 20 November, 2012 : - - Yes, friends and foes, it's that happy time of year again when I lovingly bring you my suggestions for holiday gifts for that surfer in your life. Some of this stuff is sort of obvious to most of you, but there are tons of non-surfers who find themselves in a real dilemma when trying to get the perfect gift for a surfer when they have no idea what that is. This column is really for them. But read it anyway because I may have something that you forgot or didn't think of.
•Stocking stuffers: You can never go wrong with surf wax, surf videos, surf magazines, surf leashes, surfboard fin sets and ding-repair kits. This is basic surf survival stuff that a surfer always needs and never can have too much of. One tip: You might want to find out what water temperature to get the wax for and how long the surfboard is before buying a surf leash. Other related stuff would include sunblock and sunglasses.
•Not real expensive but essential: This would include surf-related T-shirts, logo hats, surf books and board shorts. (I have resisted using the term board shorts but have finally given up.) Rash guards fall into that category too. It was mentioned to me by a wife who likes to take photos of her husband when he is surfing that a neon rash guard is good so you can spot your surfer in the lineup. This might actually be a better gift for the wife, but what the heck.
•Stepping up a bit in price: Wetsuits and board bags. There is such a wide variety of wetsuits available these days that it would be wise to know exactly what your surfer needs, likes and wants in that category. But it's a great gift. Board socks and travel bags are always welcome to a surfer's equipment stash. All you need to know is what size board he or she has.
•The obvious semi-biggie: A new surfboard. NOBODY doesn't want a new board. As this is probably the most personal thing in a surfer's surfing life, it is also the hardest to pick out unless you know exactly what is desired and needed. Gift certificates are great for new board gifts unless you are sure you know exactly the stick your surfer is craving. Along these same lines, there are a few places that allow you to build your own board. It's kinda like Build-A-Bear, except with surfboards. This is not the gift for everybody, but if you have a surfer who has shown interest in learning how to build boards, this would be good.
•One of my favorite gifts, and I have mentioned this one before, would be a very cool massage chair. I have a Human Touch Massage Chair that I call the "Chairway to Heaven," and it is part of my daily routine. From time to time we give one away here, but not at this time. Who would not love one of those?
The ultimate surf gift: The ever-so-desired "surf trip" falls nicely into this category. In fact, it IS this category. There are a number of amazing surf getaways in the world depending on how much you want to spend. It's easy to find the good spot – just ask casually, "Hey baby, if you could go surfing anywhere in the world for a week or so, where would it be?"
Hawaii, the Caribbean, the South Pacific, Central America? An exotic boat trip to Indonesia is good. And of course I would be silly to not put in a big plug for booking a week going surfing with me at my getaway casa at a perfect break on Mainland Mexico. All-inclusive and includes surf coaching if wanted, unlimited Corkaritas, warm water and use of one of my boards. And we laugh a lot, mostly at each other.
My wife just looked over my shoulder and asked what I want this year. I said Lakers tickets. She slapped me – hard.
Source: Corky's Blog
Author: Corky Carroll / email@example.com
Tags: Surf Culture, Corky Carroll, Tom Curren
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