Marine Layers

By The Editors
August 13, 2013 9:00 am

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

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