(photo: Inga Hendrickson)

The Best Women’s Surfing Gear

High-performance kit for dropping in


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For decades, outdoor brands gave little attention to women’s products. That’s changing fast. We asked a field of expert female athletes to nominate the best new performance tools in a range of sports. Here, we present our favorite surf gear. 

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Raen Norie Polarized Sunglasses ($170)

(Courtesy of Raen)

The high style of these slightly oversize, feminine shades belies how well they perform. The durable acetate frames are lightweight, and the polarized lenses do a superb job of cutting glare.

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Sexwax Wax Container and Comb ($7.50)

(Courtesy of Sexwax)

Superior grip and smells great. Plus, the no-frills box keeps wax from getting sandy and melting all over your gear, while the comb keeps your board extra tacky under your feet. 

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Billabong Salty Dayz Long Sleeve Spring Wetsuit ($105)

(Courtesy of Billabong)

The era of all-black is over. In addition to a pop of color, this one-millimeter neoprene long-sleeve design delivers a little extra warmth when the wind picks up. 

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Dakine Kainui Team Surf Leash ($27)

(Courtesy of Dakine)

Made of high quality urethane and equip­ped with double swivels and a neoprene cuff, this leash keeps you tethered to your board with maximum strength and comfort but minimal drag. 

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Carve Designs Sayulita Hat ($24)

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Long days at the beach call for a sombrero-inspired hat. The chin strap keeps it on when the wind picks up, while the wide brim protects your face, neck, and eyes from the sun.

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Captain Fin Quad Medium Fins ($95)

(Courtesy of Captain Fin)

Designed to work in all conditions, these fins provide the perfect combination of speed down the line and power through turns. 

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Havaianas Sandals ($28)

(Courtesy of Havaianas)

With its slim, soft ­rubber straps, comfortable textured footbed, and dozens of colors and prints, Havaianas provides my favorite blend of style and comfort.

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Aloha Collection Pouches ($28 and up)

(Courtesy of Aloha Collection)

Stash your wet bathing suit in one, toss it in your pack, and rest assured that every­thing else will stay nice and dry. Also great for protecting gear in the rain. 

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Sun Bum Original Spray SPF 30 Sunscreen ($16)

(Courtesy of Sun Bum)

This spray goes on dry and doesn’t leave my skin oily. And the vitamin E helps neutralize free radicals that cause premature skin aging. 

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Bing Dharma 2.0 Surfboard ($917)

(Courtesy of Bing)

Small summertime surf calls for extra volume and a little more style. The retro shape of the 5'6″ Dharma 2.0 makes paddling and catching waves a breeze.

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The Expert: Born into the famed Irons family on Kauai, Janna Irons competed for ten years before working as an editor at Surfer and founding the beloved (but sadly short-lived) women’s surfing magazine Salted.

From Outside Magazine, May 2017 Lead photo: Inga Hendrickson

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