Holiday Gift Guide
We think these 10 gems offer that something special
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 7 December, 2014 - Each year the Surf Industry launches a variety of new products, some useful and relevant and some not - do we really need more signature boardshorts?. For this year's Holiday Guide we've hand-picked the best products from the Surfersvillage gear section. These products were selected based on their usefulness, innovativeness and a certain 'wow' factor that shines through. Items listed range in price from the affordable to the splurge-able. Enjoy.
Electric's EDO1 Tide Watch: $100
Electric's foray into the world of watches last year was rather underwhelming. But their wholehearted approach to making a simple, fun, functional tide watch has met with much success. Thin, light, and tough, with it's simple tide index, the ED01-Tide is one of the easiest watches to program and read. We like that. We also like the bright, fun colors and big, easy-to-read display. Let's face it, it's sometimes hard to read a watch between waves.
MOVEMENT: Digital module with simple tide prediction, moon phase, calendar, alarm, countdown/heat time, chronograph with 30 lap recall, and light functions.
CASE: 40MM polycarbonate case with raised bezel, hardened acrylic crystal. Water resistant up to 10 ATM / 100 meters / 300 FT.
Byrd's collection of pomades: $14 - $22
Yes, it's a strange world when surf culture meets hair product culture. But the crew at the Byrd's Nest (a Newport Beach startup constructed from shipping containers) are on to something. Their pomade collection just added two new formulas to join their Classic Pomade (The Slick Byrd). The Matte (The Dirty Byrd) and Light (The Free Byrd) versions are proudly produced in Los Angeles and are available in a 1 oz. travel size (MSRP $14) and new 2.5 oz. tin (MSRP $22) designed for at-home use. The reason we liked these products is Byrd's modern take on the traditional goopy pomades of yesteryear. You see, the old generation was rather greasy and smelled like your grandmother's closet. This new generation of pomades by Byrd smells light and fresh and washes out easily after holding your hair all day.
TOMO Vader offered in Firewire’s LFT Technology: $740
The Vader represents the current pinnacle of Daniel ‘Tomo’ Thomson’s Modern Planing Hull (MPH) Vision. Dan describes the Vader as a Mind Surfing Machine, which reacts instantaneously to desired directional changes with incredible bursts of speed. Controlled, drawn out carves and radical tight angle snaps are achievable with an effortless and intuitive shift in a surfer’s weight. In addition, paddle power and generally usability have been increased with a larger volume distribution throughout comparative to the Vanguard, which encourages surfers to ride the Vader even shorter than previously considered functional.
Versatility …. The Vader ticks all the boxes and is a stand out performer from waist high to double overhead, offering a natural Quad-fin option which creates significantly increased speed in weaker conditions, or switch to a Tri-Fin for a high-speed surgical attack when the waves demand additional control.
The GoPro Hero4 Black $499
GoPro's new Hero4 Black grows leaps and bounds over last year's model. While the Hero4 Silver is pretty much the same camera as the Hero3+ Black but with a touchscreen display on the back, the Hero4 Black offers professional-level framerates and features. The flagship HERO4 Black builds upon GoPro’s Emmy® Award-winning technology to deliver the next level of GoPro image quality, versatility and performance including: Incredible ultra high definition 4K video at 30fps with the ability to extract 8.3 megapixel video stills to use as photos. It also has faster* high resolution frame rates of 2.7K at 50fps and 1080p at 120fps along with 12MP magazine cover-quality photos at burst speeds of 30 photos per second. Users will also dig the updated user-interface with improved discoverability and access to key camera controls and the 50% faster Wi-Fi* combined with Bluetooth®
Indosole's Prahu shoe $60
Indosole is the Little Company That Could. Seeing a need to do something about the tons of used tire waste in Bali, the company started using the treads as shoe and sandal soles. Their flagship shoe is the
Prahu, which means "boat" in Balinese, It's a year-round closet staple that transitions seamlessly from casual settings to more formal occasions. The Prahu is 100% handcrafted with re-purposed tire sole and custom dyed canvas uppers. You'll find inside 2MM soft EVA foam to cushion your arch. While nice touches include an embroidered woven logo label and a canvas lining that has a cool black screen-printed shark pattern
Rip Curl Flash Bomb Zip Free 3/2 $379
The world’s fastest drying wetsuit, now available in a Zip Free model. When Surfersvillage reviewed this suit we found it to be extremely flexible. For a no-zip the entry was easy and the suit didn't flush. It's one of the top suits out there for both warmth and flexibility - a hard combination to satisfy. This suit is the ultimate in performance, warmth, and unrestricted flexibility. Easy entry and exit with the elimination of the bulk and weight of a zipper.
Dakine Cape Wet/Dry (surf pack) $140
We liked his 38L volume backpack becuase there is no shortage of places to stow your surf gear. The Dakine Cape comes with a waterproof roll top wetsuit pocket, insulated cooler pocket, organizer pocket, fleece lined sunglass pocket, tarp lined wax pocket. Besides being a smartly designed tote for trips to the beach or through the airport, we also liked the added bonus of a bottle opener on the shoulder strap and the comfort of the adjustable sternum strap.
Josh Kerr Quick Strike Double Day Bag $94.95-99.95
Designed with Josh Kerr The Quick Strike double day bag is made to fit 2 boards for quick day strikes. Take two boards and be ready for anything. This bag will easily accommodate fish, grovelers and standard shortboards. An internal divider keeps the wax off the bottom of your boards and protects the deck from the fins. Three ventilation points and a true-reflective bottom keeps your boards cool.
-Available sizes: 6’0”, 6’3”, 6’6”.
- 5mm foam padding and large gusset to accommodate 2 boards. Bag width 24".
- Molded #8 non-corrosive zippers, internal divider and padded shoulder strap with Velcro closure system.
- 50/50 outer shell, one side 420 denier reflective woven poly and TRUE reflective/heat resistant material on bottom.
XSories Me-Shot Delux Extension Pole: $69.99
Me-Shot Deluxe Extension Pole with Bluetooth Remote from XSories allows you to attach a camera or a smartphone to the end of the pole and extend it from 9.1 to 36.6", letting your camera achieve high-angle shots above crowds or obstructions.
The Fling by SUPERbrand $705
Designed as a shorter and more modern/high performance take on the keel fin fish, it has all the grooviness of the throwbacks with none of the weird oldness. It’s young, rad, and classy all at the same time. Crazy fast down the line, lots of lift, smooth and tight through carves, and progressive in the pocket. Available in SUPERflex technology (pictured).
• Wide, fishy outline
• Low modern rocker
• Single to double concave to V off the tail
• Designed as a quad but available as a 5 fin
• SUPER wide rounded diamond tail
• Ride 6-8 inches shorter and the same volume as your favorite board