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

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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.

There's also always room for improvement or completion: a better wetsuit or surf watch, a new and exciting surfboard, a book or surf movie, a take on a new wave sport or even a good replacement for some of the most utilitarian items - backpacks, sunglasses, board travel bags, etc.

SurferToday's panel of surfers has gathered to pick their dream selection of surfing gifts for Christmas 2014. Follow their lead and surprise your surfer (or yourself)!

GoPro Hero4

GoPro Hero4 Black Edition

The much-anticipated new version of the best-selling action camera is a must-have since it brings a whole new dimension to any surf session.

Capture your best moves with 4K video recording at 30 frames per second, an improved high-fidelity audio system, a better performance in low-light conditions and wireless and Bluetooth connections.

The Surfing Files: Everything You Need To Know About Riding Waves

The Surfing Files

"The Surfing Files: Everything You Need To Know About Riding Waves" is a collection of hundreds of stories, guides, news articles, and technical tips published by the founder of SurferToday.com.

The eBook includes seven main chapters: The Beginner Mode, The Intermediate Mode, The Advanced Mode, Surf Health: Body & Mind, Surf Science & Surf Forecast, Surf Knowledge, Design & Gear, Do It Yourself, Big Wave Surfing, and Surf History.

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Polaroid Cube

Polaroid Cube

Cute, small and colorful, but also waterproof, shock resistant and mountable in multiple surfaces through a built-in magnet and several accessories, the Polaroid Cube is an easy, funny and fuss free action camera.

Carry it around in your pocket (yes, it’s that small) and you’re ready to record any important moment in your life. It can be quickly installed in a board through a waterproof case and a suction mount.

John Severson's SURF

John Severson's "SURF"

John Severson's "SURF" is a staple in any good surf book collection.

The book exposes the six decades path of the iconic 80-year-old surf culture and Surfer Magazine founder through photography, painting, publishing and filming.

Tower Adventurer 9'10'' Inflatable SUP

Tower Adventurer 9'10'' Inflatable SUP

An ultra compact, high quality inflatable SUP, is a great addition to your quiver, as it can be easily transported anywhere, anytime - just unroll it, fill it up and you're set to go!

This 6'' thick inflatable board delivers the same steadiness and rigidity of an EPS/Epoxy model. A perfect gift for all year round.

Rip Curl Flash Bomb Plus 4/3

Rip Curl Flash Bomb Plus 4/3

The Flash Bomb Plus is the perfect suit to have at hand in the tougher winter months or when traveling to colder waters.

It is lighter and more flexible than its predecessors, thanks to the E4 neoprene, keeps the body warm and provides extra comfort and durability due to the E4 Double Tape Stitchless Seam Technology.

Bustin' Down The Door

Bustin' Down The Door

Get to know the story of a group of surfers from Australia and South Africa as they headed to Hawaii in the winter of 1975, revolutionizing surfing in the archipelago.

The documentary portrays the clash between their radical approach to creating a sport and the Hawaiian culture, and the ascent of professional surfing at the beginning of the 70s.

Santa Cruz 'Rasta Drop Thru' Longboard Cruzer

Santa Cruz "Rasta Drop Thru" Longboard Cruzer

A longboard skate is a fun way to cruise in dry land and even to carry your board to the beach.

The 35 inches long Santa Cruz Cruzer is both fast and stable, with solid wheels that will keep you rolling smoothly and quietly over any obstacles.

Canon EOS Rebel T5i

Canon EOS Rebel T5i

Surfers love photography. Take next-level photos with the 18 MP EOS Rebel T5i.

It's packed full of features, like a 3-inch touchscreen display, 9 autofocus points, expanded ISO range, and high-speed continuous shooting, and includes an 18-55mm lens, all designed to capture better pictures in all shooting situations.

Oakley Frogskins Polarized Sunglasses

Oakley Frogskins Polarized Sunglasses

Surprise your surfer with a pair of stylish, high-quality sunglasses.

Oakley's high-performance polarized lenses filter out glare, allowing a clear vision of the water while keeping the eyes effectively protected.

The Frogskins is a comeback of the mythic model created in the early 80s and a celebration of the pop culture that will keep you sleek and safe.

Rip Curl Search GPS

Rip Curl Search GPS

The most advanced surf watch in the world. It allows you track your surf, register your top speed and distance and rack up your wave count in each session.

Sync your data to the Rip Curl Search App or Website to re-live your surf with location maps, image sharing and graphic charts which showcase your session.

Quiksilver Scaly Windbreaker Jacket

Quiksilver Scaly Windbreaker Jacket

Winter (and even Christmas!) still means surfing and wave scouting, so staying warm outside is a must.

A slim, insulated hooded jacket is just what a surfer needs to easily move around without catching a cold.

Quiksilver's Scaly Windbreaker is a great option since it is slim fit and at the same time keeps you warm inside, thanks to the discreet horizontal quilting and elasticized cuffs and bottom.

Surf Drone

Surf Drone

Capture the aerial magic of surfing.

The DJI Phantom 2 allows users to record all the action in the line-up with a GoPro camera. Fly up to 28 minutes on a single charge, and produce an award-winning surf video.

O'Neill Heat 5mm Round Toe Boot

O'Neill Heat 5mm Round Toe Boot

Surfing booties not only keep surfer's feet warm, but also safe from nasty reef bottoms or sharp rocks. A 5mm surfing boot is appropriate to cold water and harsher winter conditions.

The O'Neill Heat Round Toe boots are made of fluid foam and display a blind-stitch seam construction for extra comfort and performance.

EQ Unisex Seals Earplugs

EQ Unisex Seals Earplugs

Exostosis, or surfer's ear, is a common ailment between surfers that can be prevented through the use of specific earplugs.

However, earplugs may interfere with balance and hearing and can also be uncomfortable, so it’s important to choose the right model.

We love EQ Seals earplugs because they are made of flexible, breathable silicone, mimicking the seal’s natural ability to close their ears while in the water, without any loss of performance.

Shure Portable Collapsible Headphones

Shure Portable Collapsible Headphones

Surf music's up.

These on-the-go headphones boast full-range sound with rich bass, made better by a closed-back, on-ear design that limits external noise. The in-line remote/mic is Apple-compatible and makes the headphones perfect for hands-free calling. The collapsible design provides easy transport.

Skate 3

Skate 3

When there are no conditions outside, try some nasty skateboarding moves on the comfort of your home with a good quality game like Skate 3.

The action takes place in Port Carverton, a city divided into three districts that embrace skateboarding.

You can create your team of pro skaters, try new tricks and pretty much shred the whole town, in solo or multiplayer mode for extra fun with friends.

Rip Curl Trestles Pro Surf Watch

Rip Curl Trestles Pro Surf Watch

The signature team rider edition of the Trestles Pro is a favorite and best-seller with great value for money.

The digital surfing watch displays a 500 pre-set beach locations all over the world, with best tide, swell size and wind direction information, sunrise and sunset times and a digital compass.

It is water resistant up to 330 feet (100 meters) and looks good in and out of the water.

NP Surf Combo Lock Box

Surf Lock Box

The waves are pumping, but you don't know where to leave your car keys. The classic surfers problem has an easy solution.

The Lock Box is made of weather resistant zinc alloy for storing keys while you're surfing.

It features a resettable four-digit combination, EVA backing on lockbox and PU tube around the shackle to avoid scratches on the car.

Point Break

Point Break

While we wait for the sequel, "Point Break" will always be a surf classic.

This "Pure Adrenaline Edition" features eight deleted scenes, four featurettes, a still gallery and all trailers released in 1991.

Follow Patrick Swayze (Bodhi), Keanu Reeves (FBI Agent Johnny Utah), in a beautiful film directed by Kathryn Bigelow.

Kestrel 2000 Anemometer

Kestrel 2000 Anemometer

Surfers, kiteboarders, windsurfers and bodyboarders know how wind can make a difference in the line-up. The Kestrel 2000 anemometer is the easy-to-use tool they need.

It measures wind chill, air/water/snow temperature, current/average/maximum wind speeds, and is ready for abrupt condition changes.

Zap Skimboard

Zap Skimboard

When the tide rises, skimboarding is the best wave riding experience. Zap is one of the most famous brands in the skimming world.

This large skimboard is constructed to take a beating while still retaining its performance. Shaped to shred.

FCS Double Soft Racks

FCS Double Soft Racks

Surfboard car racks are the simplest way of transporting surfboards safely and securely.

The double soft racks by FCS fit most cars, vans, SUVs and 4WDs. They hold up to six surfboards and four longboards, and feature neoprene sleeve for protection.

Greco 8' Soft Performance Surfboard

Greco 8' Soft Performance Surfboard

The perfect surfboard for someone who is about to learn how to ride waves. The Greco 8' soft top includes the highest density foam out there and a triple stringer.

A great surfboard for beginners. Includes new upgraded leash and fins.

Surfing: The Manual: Advanced

Surfing: The Manual: Advanced

The surf book for those who have stepped into the intermediate and advanced surfing levels. Written by Jim Kempton.

Learn the tricks, improve the maneuvers, and read the tips from the pros. The best surfing manual for getting from good to great.

Electric Surf Watch

Electric Surf Watch

A digital module with simple tide and tide prediction, moon phase, calendar, alarm, countdown/heat time, chronograph with 30 lap recall, and light functions.

Simple and effective.

Balance Board

Balance Board

Improve your surfing skills with the balance board for surfers finally done right. Rides either rail-to-rail or nose-to-tail with a single roller.

It offers stops on the bottom of the for learning to ride, but may be removed in due time to allow for performing challenging rotational tricks.

Portable Wireless Speaker

Portable Wireless Speaker

Ready for surf music tunes? Enjoy high definition sound with a bluetooth 4.0 speaker which enables one-step music streaming.

The built-in rechargeable battery enables a breakthrough 15-20 hours of playtime so you can jam through a full day and still play your nighttime-ambiance soundtrack on a single charge.

Soloshot 2

Soloshot 2

Film yourself in the waves. Soloshot2 automatically pans, tilts, and zooms to keep your camera pointed at you, from a distance, with no camera operator.

Simply set up your Soloshot tripod, attach your camera and film all your outdoor exploits.

 

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How is it that the entertainment machines, filmmakers, creatives, authors, and artists, which have churned out thousands upon thousands of stories, in seemingly every genre, topic and medium imaginable hasn't yet given wakeboarding a story? No movie? No book? No graphic novel?

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