Here It Is: Your Complete Summer Surf Kit

Last-minute surf trip on the books? No Problem. Grab this gear and you'll be ready to hit the waves.

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Our ideal summer is spent on the water catching waves. Whatever your plans are – an epic surf trip this summer or shorter weekday beach trips – it's important you're well equipped. When it comes to surf gear, every item in your kit has to be lightweight and durable, but a focus on function doesn't mean you have to forget style. Quality boardshorts are a summer surf trip staple – and if you're still holding on to that pair you've had since the early Aughts, it's time to move on. Boardshorts have come a long, long way in recent years; many of the best surfers in the world take a hands-on approach to help design products that are made for extreme performance. Whether you're an avid surfer hunting for pre-dawn peaks or the more casual type who prefers to post up on the sand and watch the world drift by, we've got you covered below. Before you head out, scope these eight packable must-haves that'll guarantee banging beach days all summer long.

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A/Div Surftrek Storm Backpack

This 40L pack is ideal for a warm-weather trip this summer. The roll-top closure, made of dual-side waterproof tarpaulin fabric, ensures you can bring back wet towels from the beach but make sure your electronics stay dry in the outer pockets. Perfect for the plane, the beach and everything in between, this is the only bag you'll need.

D Bah Airlite Boardshorts 19"

Billabong's D Bah boardshorts were designed specifically for surfing, and they are a must-have for your trip this summer. They're crafted with Airlite technology to bring you flexibility and stability so you can surf longer with more comfort. Since they're available in five killer colorways, you might want to pick up more than one.

All Day CiCLO® Lo Tide Boardshorts 17"

They say nothing good lasts forever, and with that in mind, Billabong has made their most sustainable boardshort yet. This All Day board short includes CiCLO, an enzyme technology that allows fibers to naturally degrade in landfill conditions (after you've parted with your boardies years down the road). It doesn’t hurt that they’re also made of premium, lightweight, quick drying fabric made from Recycled PET bottles, and sport a water repellent coating to boot.

Essential Surf Cap

Hats are a must for staying safe from the sun but they aren't always the easiest to pack. This surf cap is packable, durable and most definitely essential for your surf trip. It's specifically designed to stay secure in the surf, but feels so good you might not even notice you have it on.

FLPSDE Water Bottle with Snack Storage

Make sure you stay hydrated and satiated while out riding the waves with this FLPSDE dual-chamber water bottle – it'll hold cool water and your favorite snacks. Plus, the wide mouth openings on both ends make loading and using a total breeze.


Whether you need to clean melted wax off your board or open up some post-surf beers, the Leatherman Shooter has you covered. The tool is small but mighty, with tools that include a bottle opener, bit driver, wax comb and spring hook.

Mineral Sunscreen (Light Tint), SPF 40+

This lightweight mineral sunscreen will keep you burn-free during any outdoor pursuits. Plus, its formula is extremely water-resistant – AKA the ultimate surf partner. Plus, the 1.3-ounce bottle is a perfect size for airport security so you can carry it on and be sun-ready the minute you land.

Original Towel: Poolside Navy

This high-performance towel is perfect for drying off after a dip or using on the beach to enjoy a post-surf snack and drinks spread. The towel is extra-packable, so it won't take up excess room in your suitcase.

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