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The Ultimate Beach Gear

Ultimate Surf Gear Red Bulletin Magazine

 

1. WALDEN MINI MEGA
Rather than reaching for the longboard, grab a Mini Mega. Short, wide, and fat is the trend in surfboards these days, and this 7’6” board fits the bill for summer. It has the racier outline and maneuverability of a shortboard, while its 23” width and 3” thickness provides plenty of stability and wave-catching flotation. Less experienced surfers will appreciate the stable platform it provides for getting up easy. $915
www.waldensurfboards.com

 

2. VANS CLASSIC AUTHENTIC
The first Vans Authentics were introduced back in 1966 and they haven’t changed much since then. Still simple. Still canvas. And still comfy. This pair is notable because it features custom artwork by 1980s skateboard legend—and artist—Neil Blender. $45
www.vans.com

 

3. HURLEY PHANTOM FUSE 2.0
Made with superlight four-way stretch polyester fabric, these trunks provide maximum mobility, while the welded seams greatly reduce chafing. Meanwhile, a laser-cut net-like fabric around the waistband provides structure so your trunks will stay put in turbulent surf. $125
www.hurley.com

 

4. ENJOY HANDPLANES STANDARD DIAMOND TAIL
The handplane provides extra surface area for catching the wave while bodysurfing. Each Enjoy Handplane is handcrafted and “upcycled” from broken surfboards, while the handstraps are made out of used wetsuits. $155
www.enjoyhandplanes.com

 

5. RAY-BAN LITEFORCE WAYFARER
The Wayfarer is iconic. Since 1956, when the first pair hit the streets, no other sunglass has been more synonymous with the beach lifestyle than the Wayfarer. These share that same style but are made from a superlight and durable thermoplastic and feature polarized lenses that cut glare off the water. $186
www.ray-ban.com

 

6. TEVA ORIGINAL MUSH
Don’t overthink the flip-flop. Frankly, I’m sick of over-engineered, overbuilt sandals. And these are the antidote. The Mush’s soles are just solid enough to be durable, while the footbeds are decidedly comfy and quick to mold to the shape of your foot. The durable webbing straps keep the flips from flopping too wildly and—at just over 7 ounces per
pair—they’re light on your feet too. $25
www.teva.com

 

7. DAFINS
Whether for riding a bodyboard, bodysurfing, or just snorkeling around, a good pair of swim fins is a must for everyone’s beach bag. While many fins are like torture devices for your feet, made of hard, blister-inducing rubber, these DaFins are the most comfortable we’ve ever tested. They have super soft, flexible rubber footpockets but the blades are made of harder, stiffer rubber and provide plenty of power for catching waves. $62
www.dafin.com
 

 

 

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