Like I’ve said before, I’m a total sucker for new little surfy inventions and fads. But, like anything, some are good, some are….interesting. I’m not a sponsored surfer by any means (still waiting to get sponsored by KFC so I can get my free biscuits), so these are just my random, average surfer insights. N-Joy.
Dry Start Wetsuit System
Of course, this invention on Kickstarter is from San Diego- the land of chilly water. It’s a solution to dry your Wetsuit fast by using an attachment to the roof of your car. Then, I guess you drive like a maniac until your blow-out of your suit is complete. I can work with that. Also doubles as an impromptu body bag. Yikes.
Pros: Fastest way yet to dry a wetsuit and get out some road rage.
Cons: Bad news if the wetsuit bag flies off the roof of your car and finds a lawyers’ windshield.
The Orange Peel Wax Container (Peel Surf Co.)
I’ve used silicone molds a lot for making my own wax, recycling wax, etc., so this is not a new idea. However, it’s a mold with a wax “break” line that fits into a car’s cup holder. Smart. Wax melts everywhere here in Florida, where it’s 90 degrees consistently every Summer day. But it’s microwaveable too, so you can whip up a batch of wax without a double boiler. Gnar.
Pros: Will save the inside of a surfmobile, might make you feel all crafty if you make your own wax
Cons: A little pricey at $12, but then, it’s kinda a specialty item. Good for Crafty Surfers- full disclosure: I totally backed this on Kickstarter since I love making wax. Just hope I don’t accidentally take a sip from this on a hot day.
Fashion Color Wetsuits
Roxy, Billabong and XCel have reintroduced color back into neoprene again. This time, there’s less neon green and hot pink, and more modern colors and prints. However, sometimes I feel like I’m doing cosplay at the local Trekker convention in the current designs offered.
Pros: Some style in the water, bright Neoprene always improves the look of your surfing photos.
Cons: You may have to report to Captain Jean-Luc Picard, Number Two.
Quiver Grip Surfboard Rack System
This was a new product I found out about recently, and the inventor is from Brevard County, Florida. This rack system uses plastic grips to corral your surfboards upright- like pulling a book from a shelf. It reminds me a bit of an IKEA solution to surfboard storage. It seems easy to install, and it’s cheap (less than $50 for a 3 board wall mount kit). Not crazy about the plastic beer-can holder look of the grips, though.
Pros: Like Huggable Hangers for your surfboards, inexpensive, easy to install and move around on the rail
Cons: Aesthetics of a frat house
Keep on trend, brah!