Words by Rebecca Parsons
Some say diamonds are a girl's best friend, but in our humble opinion blue skies, endless waves and SUP accessories are a whole lot better. We may not have control over the weather, but we do know a thing or two about killer SUP products. We've rounded up six sustainable gift ideas to cover all of your last-minute shopping needs.
From the mind of waterman and foil surfer, Abraham Shouse, comes a line of beautiful wood and bamboo paddles handmade in the land of Aloha. Compared with carbon fiber, wood is more flexible, retains heat, and most importantly, is sustainable.
"I love the feel of a bamboo paddle,” said self-proclaimed eco-athlete, Donica Shouse. “Each one is certified by Sustainable Surf, plant strong and built to last. Wood can be way better than carbon, it just takes a little extra care and upkeep. The price is comparable and they don't weigh much more. Wood is good and bamboo is best."
There are three options available: surf, race or tour.
It's no secret that the ocean is harsh on your skin and hair. While many skincare products are laden with chemicals, Osea's products are made from organic seaweed that’s infused with essential oils. All ingredients are plant-based and vegan, while the majority of their products are packaged in recyclable glass bottles.
While the ocean is dehydrating, Osea offers oils, serums, masks and sprays to hydrate and restore your skin. We also love that Osea's products don't feel greasy and are both good for our skin and the environment.
Perhaps you've seen them on social media, caught them on ABC's Shark Tank, or are just hearing about them for the first time. Regardless, Sand Cloud is a becoming a well-known company that’s striving to make a big difference.
They design colorful beach towels and 10 percent of each sale goes to protecting marine life. Sand Cloud supports four non-profits that are committed to protecting and preserving the ocean: Marine Conservation Institute, Surfrider Foundation, Pacific Marine Mammal Center and San Diego Coastkeeper.
If you're looking for a heavy-duty, absorbent towel these might not be for you. But if you're looking for a cute throw or a lightweight towel for traveling, then Sand Cloud may be right up your alley.
Owners Kelley Chapman and Anna Lieding are long-time ocean lovers and both passionate about leading the high-end swimwear industry to more sustainable practices. The Maui-based company uses sustainable techno-fabric created from regenerated nylon--they've partnered with Carvico and Econyl to ensure their materials are top-notch.
Econyl creates yarn from 100% regenerated nylon fiber from fishnets and other nylon waste. Meanwhile, Carvico weaves the yarn into soft swimwear fabric. We hit the water in the Rose top and Juniper bottom and found them to be a great suit for surfing. The material was soft yet durable, the fit was snug, and most importantly, they stayed on through waves and wipeouts. We especially like the fact that both pieces are reversible.
Twin brothers, Alex and Mike Faherty spent a year researching sustainable practices and how they could implement them into clothing designs. What they found was a way to repurpose plastic waste and refine it into yarn by blending recycled polyester from plastic bottles with Lycra. They offer a variety of different prints and cuts, making it easy to find one well suited to your taste and body type.
We found some of the suits ran slightly large, so you may consider ordering a size down if you're looking for a more snug fit. The prints are fun, but the colors aren't too bright, giving them a natural look. In addition to a swimwear line, Faherty offers an extensive clothing line which may be ideal for those of you in cooler climates.