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January 11, 2021 3 min read

3 awesome Products to Keep you warm this winter

It's winter just in case you hadn't realized. That doesn't mean going to the beach or getting wet needs to stop. Actually, it's the best time of year to get pitted winter swell come in and for the most part, the swell gets exponentially bigger. sweet. Now, this is written from the perspective of California but this rings even truer for our east coast warriors who quite frankly are in my eyes beyond reproach when it comes to cold weather surf. If I have to pull on a 5mm wetsuit and walking through the snow I think ill just huddle up in the car. 

Two reasons Winter is better than summer at the beach

  1.  No crowds, ok.... fewer crowds ( a guy can wish can't he ) as the water gets colder so the herd starts to thin. That's a good thing, especially in the morning. If you have the gonads to outlast the early morning chill then chances are you're going to be rewarded with some sweet pits of glory all to your very own. and that's a good thing4 
  2. Bigger waves, incase you didn't know surfing is a winter sport. Winter is (for the most part) when the real sweet starts to pound the coast. This may be why everyone loves Hawaii or the tropics, winter temperatures are pretty much the same so you get to ride epic surf in boardshorts, my preference for sure.

 Winter surfing is super fun but you'd have to agree that staying warm is also pretty fun so we thought we would do a quick roundup of a few of our favorite products that have kept us warm over the years from a few brands we love. 


The Basotho Blanket 

The Basotho African blanket is the perfect beach blanket and has been used for centuries, as it is to this day in the cold, windswept Mountains of Lesotho by the herd boys and Lesotho royalty alike. This African blanket was made for keeping you toasty warm and comfy. It is woven the same way it has been for over a century from Merino Wool and more recently added acrylic and has a self-cleaning quality and extra thickness that repels rain, dirt, and wind making them the perfect authentic African blanket. It is perfect for around the campfire as the wool naturally repels the smell of smoke and is a natural flame retardant nature of the finest Merino Wool. The Basotho blanket is crafted in South Africa

 Basotho Blanket on beach

Ho Stevie changing Poncho

My name is Steve too so it's only natural for us Steve's stick together. These Surf Ponchos are designed with extra length, to fit even the tallest people. Stevie, The founder (great name BTW), is 6'2" and he just wasn't satisfied with how other surf robes fit. Using a wetsuit changing poncho that doesn't go past your knees defeats the whole purpose!

The ho Stevie poncho changing ponchos provide 47 inches from the shoulders to the bottom of the robe... more than enough room to change without worrying about exposing yourself.

Tip: Use our wetsuit changing mat to keep your wetsuit and car clean. 

The Veldskoen Chukka 

Keep them toes toasty! Winter can be hellish on the old foot fingers and when flipflops don't quite cut it then you might wanna reach for something a little more robust. The Veldskoen Chukka is the original chukka boot and has its origins in South Africa in the mid-1600s. Truth be told we have no idea how old these shoes are but we do know they are the shoe that spawned this style of shoe that is one of the biggest selling shoe styles in history. The veldskoen are hydrophobic (water repellant) and made from full-grain leather and whats more they are handcrafted in Sooth Africa 

 the veldskoen chukka

Well there you go, some of our favorite winter woolies to keep you snug as a bug when the weather aint all that and the swell hits.


Steve Watts
Steve Watts

Growing up in South Africa, Steve spent his youth dreaming of far off places. After spending eight years extensively traveling to many of the great surf destinations of the world getting dengue fever, having a near death experience from a falling coconut in mexico, Surviving a 15 foot drop on a handboard on a Nias bomb, jumping from every rock he could find without adequate health insurance. and comprehensively debunking the myth there are no waves in Thailand, even if they are small. He decided it was time for a a degree. Steve Graduated from Central Saint Martins School of Art and Design in London with a degree in product design. He missed his graduation to go surfing in Californian, found a kindred spirit with Venice and never left

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