Surf sunglasses: protect your eyes from UV rays

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 floatation 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 "Dragon Alliance H2O The Jam" will stay afloat in the ocean, pool and lake. The floatable collection is made with a specially formulated injected frame designed to never losing your shades in the water again.

"The Frogskins" by Oakley will block those harmful UV rays as you stroll down the beach with your surf gear, for only $123. "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 $120. "The Bruiser" specs will never go out of style, at $110.

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 $155. The "Aviator" is a great alternative for $153, while the "Clubmaster" will fit the classic single fin rider for $129.

The "Master Angler Nassau" by Flying Fisherman offers maximum peripheral viewing while blocking outside glare for $25. The "Collective" by Smith Optics is a streetwise stance of a cool modern classic for only modern classic $55.

The "Elmore" by Von zipper features a slightly oversized cool and classic frame shape with UV-blocking lenses that will look good in any face. Only $68.

The surf sunglass review has been updated on February 20, 2018.

Waves are constantly breaking all over the world, and if you're on a surf trip or family vacations it's always good to know you can rent a surfboard anywhere there's a gem to be ridden.

+ Surfing News

Thirty Formula GPS kiteboarders battled it out on the mountains of the Alto Sangro, Italy, for the second leg of 2018 IKA Snowkite World Cup.

+ Kiteboarding News

Brad Domke calls Cylinders his home. He's been riding it for more than a decade. But you've never seen him in board transfers like these.

+ Skimboarding News