Surfing Santa Claus: coming to town with bag full of gifts

Welcome to The Surfing Christmas Gift Guide for 2014. If you have a surfer relative, friend or loved one, don't fret and plan ahead. Discover our curated selection of Christmas gift ideas.

We've handpicked the best surfing presents that will put a smile on any surfer's face, whether you are a savvy or a big spender Santa Claus.

A passionate surfer may seem hard to please, especially after years of practice and continuous investment in the sport. However, the surf industry keeps evolving and year after year there are new things all surfers want to put their hands on.

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Kelly Slater: a 540 air reverse at 42

Kelly Slater has pulled a 540 air reverse at Supertubos, Peniche, in Portugal.

The 11-time world champion keeps pushing the limits of the wave riding. In a free surfing session at Supertubos, the Floridian completed a 540-degree rotation in the sky before landing in the whitewater.

At a first glance, it seems that Kelly Slater is able to successfully pull a 720 air, but a careful analysis reveals us that the surf master spins one and a half rotations in midair.

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Surfboards: there's always a shaper behind a brand | Photo: Roache/The Boardroom

What are the best surfboard companies in the world? There is no answer for that question. But there is a perfect surfboard for your surfing style and experience, and that is precisely what a good shaper does.

Every year, surfers buy more than 400,000 surfboards worldwide. The largest companies and shapers in the surfboard industry are located in the USA, Australia and Europe.

In 2008, 26% of the surfboards sold in the USA were shaped by local craftsmen. Polyurethane and expanded polystyrene foam (EPS) with epoxy formulas still rule the market, but eco-friendly core materials such as cork, fungi, and wood are gaining enthusiasts and a new generation of costumers.

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