My annual holiday gift guide for the surfer in your life – Orange County Register

Fa la la la laaaaaaa. Yes, kiddies, it’s that time of year when I share some great holiday gift ideas for that surfer in your life that you just can’t think of what to get. Toil in pain no longer, I am here to help solve that dilemma and get you on your way to providing joy and merriment and being a holiday hero, too.

Let’s start off with inexpensive gifts and stocking stuffers. Keep in mind that you don’t have to know anything about this stuff, these are things your surfer will like and find useful. You can never go wrong with such always-needed items as surf wax, surf leashes, extra fins, quick release fin attachments and small repair kits. All these things will fit into a stocking and all surfers use and need them.

Another small and inexpensive item would be my new album “Blue Mango,” which you can order direct from Darla Yes, I am gonna shamelessly plug my stuff here.

Moving up a little bit in cost we have surf-related books. This year I would like to give a shout out to Craig Petersen and Kevin Naughton’s book, “Search for the Perfect Wave.” It’s a perfect gift for a surfer of any age and a real bargain. Full of legit surf stories and photos, this book is hard to put down. It’s available at I would also recommend a subscription to Surfers Journal — it rocks.

Surfwear is always a safe bet, too — from T-shirts to surf trunks and everything in between. All you really need to know is the correct size. A small hint though, older dudes love Hawaiian style shirts. Younger ones not so much, think more “street” or “skate” for them. Can’t go wrong with a hoodie, and they come in handy at this time of year when it’s colder. Think large, nobody likes a hoodie that is tight.

There are a number of things in the, let’s call it, “a little” pricey area. These are items like wetsuits, board bags for travel and surf art. I like to promote original surf art, as there are some amazing local artists who are devoted to this and I am sure could use some sales. Off the top of my head I can recommend Joshua Paskowitz, Kathryn Colvig, Walter Vizolay and Doug Miller.

I got to see some great pieces by Vizolay and Miller at this year’s Sawdust Festival, and both are in Laguna Beach. Miller isn’t so much a “surf” artist but he has killer paintings of all sorts of local stuff, which includes some surf and beach stuff. I am sure you can google them for more info.


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