Surf sunglasses: protecting your eyes from reflective UV rays off water

Surf sunglasses are specially designed goggles that protect your eyes in and around water, with polarized lenses that reduce glare caused by water and wet surfaces.

Surfers are often exposed to prolonged sunlight. Sun rays are magnified by the reflective ocean surface causing pterygiums and cataracts in many ocean sports enthusiasts. Protecting your eyes with effective surf sunglasses in compulsory. Do you know that reflection and scattering of UV rays off water can increase UV exposure by 25%?

So, what makes a secure pair of sunglasses for surfing? The quality of the lenses, the ventilation system, the quality of the rubber ear stems, the weight and the floatability of the spectacles. Cheap shades may harm you, for example, by causing headaches.

The perfect surf sunglasses will not distort vision and assure a perfect fit. The best way to prevent fogging from your surfing specs is to choose a model with proper ventilation. Don't buy surf sunglasses that look good, but close all the angles around vision with plastic.

Secure leashes, removable straps and good floatability are interesting add-ons but are not critical. Eyewear for surfers focus on polycarbonate lenses, which are impact-resistant, light and targeted for surfers, kitesurfers, windsurfers and bodyboarders.

"The Frogskins" by Oakley will block those harmful UV rays as you stroll down the beach with your surf gear, for only $100. "The Holbrook" surf sunglasses, a true classic, it's a great pick for just $120.

"The Ferris" by Quiksilver are retro shades practically plucked off Ferris Bueller' head. If style is everything for you, they're yours for only $99. Kelly Slater's "The Fluid II" specs will never go out of style, at $115.

The "Original Wayfarer" by Ray Ban is one of the most copied sunglass designs of all time. It's a surfer's spec for only $126. The "Aviator" is a great alternative for $109, while the "Clubmaster" will fit the classic single fin rider for $99.

The "Master Angler" by Flying Fisherman offers maximum peripheral viewing while blocking outside glare for $65. The "Collective" by Smith Optics is a streetwise stance of a cool modern classic for only modern classic $64.

Click on each surf sunglasses' link to buy directly from Amazon, or visit the online surf shop for more detailed surf goggle information.

This surf sunglass review has been updated on the 12th March 2014.