Because in these coming autumnal days the surf — depending on where you seek it — can range from temperate to nips-tweakingly-frigid, we’ve rustled up the gear that’ll keep you comfy no matter how far out you wander.
First, download Surfline’s new app, which reports in real-time on air and water temperature, surf height, wind speed and direction, and high- and low-tide times for all beaches. And then:
Your Orange County Party Shorts
Almond Surfboards’ new boardshorts are cut from a “two-way stretch” cotton/nylon blend and feature a scalloped fit, which makes for easy popping up. With muted ’60s colorways, white trim and nautical ties, you’ll also be in excellent shape for pool parties.
Your Santa Monica-to-LACMA Duds
For mid-temp shorts that can double as museum-ready gear, check out Aether Apparel’s Oceanic, complete with discreet front and back pockets and a crisp, modern cut.
Your Pacific Topcoat
As the coast winds north, the water temps go south. Aether’s Riptide Rashguard, with a ribbed waist and stay-in-place gripper tape, is the silky garment that’ll keep you warm. Bonus: it’s UV protected (SPF 50).
Your Ventura Cold-Weather Gear
Made from Geoprene (a fancy term for limestone), Matuse Hoplite 3/2mm is lighter, stretchier and faster-drying than your standard suit.
Stay toasty, friend.
Main image photo credit: Chad Cress