Surfing in the UK in the winter is hard. Scraping ice off your car, getting changed on a freezing car park and jumping into the icy cold sea isn’t for the faint hearted but at the same time, it’s an exhilarating experience.
I’ve surfed in some pretty cold conditions but with the right kit, warm clothes and a few little added extras, it makes the whole thing a lot more bearable!
Luckily Christmas is just around the corner. So if your winter surf kit could do with an update, or you need some extra warmth post-surf, here’s a few things to add to your Christmas gift list:
After a surf I want to throw on something easy and quickly. This longline shirt is perfect teamed with leggings and a pair of boots.
I love Cornish based brand Finisterre. They make innovative clothing for cold water surfers, with sustainability and durability at the heart of what they do. The Percella jumper features a super soft chunky alpaca blend yarn – ideal for cosying up in front of an open fire.
These beanies are the best I’ve found. Thanks to the fleece lining that grips snuggly around the ears, they stay firmly on my head on very wild and windy days by the coast. Plus, they’ve got some lovely colourways!
A good winter coat is always worth the investment. For beach walks, throwing on after a surf and hitting the slopes, this multi-purpose, fully insulated and windproof jacket looks fab in Autumnal copper!
Finding a wetsuit brand that fits you perfectly is worth its weight in gold. I’m a big fan of Billabong, and yes this suit is expensive but it’s worth every penny and with wetsuits, you get what you pay for. It doesn’t let any water in and the furnace lining will keep you super toasty in the water. It dries quickly too!
Base layers are the ideal way to insulate. Finisterre are experts in this department and these Portland leggings are made from soft Merino blend which is moisture wicking and regulates temperature. Perfect for wearing as part of a layered outfit or as underwear.
I love boots, especially a good versatile pair that I can stomp around in all winter. These gorgeous chocolate boots are fur lined for added warmth and look great with jeans or leggings.
I’ve wanted one of these for a long time! The Rolls Royce in post-surf changing accessory, the Dryrobe is wind and shower proof and ideal for getting changed after a surf on that cold car park!
One of the first things I want after a surf is a warming cuppa! Thanks to this lovely thermos flask from Northcore, it keeps drinks warm for up to 8 hours and is a fab stocking filler for any cold water surfer.
Winter surfs are always going to be shorter due to the chilly climate. Keep track of the time with this waterproof watch which has been depth tested to 100 feet and can withstand sudden drops in temperature.
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