Surfers’ Favorite Beach Toys

Ready, set, play! Four Southern California pro surfers-turned-test panel put a dozen new toys to the test.

Group photo of surfers

Photographer David Tsay

Meet Our Surfers!

These guys took time out of their busy pro-surfer schedules to test this year’s top beach toys for us!

From left: Brad Ettinger, Nathaniel Curren, Associate Features Editor Sarah Latta, Austin Ware, and Mike Losness

Pro surfers; Brad Ettinger, Nathaniel Curran, Austin Ware, and Mike Losness

Photographer David Tsay

Surfing Résumes

Brad Ettinger: Proudest moment: achieving a perfect 10 at the Banzai Pipeline in Hawaii

Nathaniel Curran: Underwent multiple surgeries before coming back to win the 2008 U.S. Open of Surfing

Austin Ware: Travels nine months out of the year for contests and teaches surfing when he’s home

Mike Losness: Known for his on-the-water aerials, also designs items such as board shorts for surfing companies

G&S Skimboard

Photographer Ted Tucker

G&S Skimboard

A sleek wooden version perfect for beginners, it's lightweight and lasting. G&S Skimboard 7-Ply, $37, amazon.com

Brad Ettinger on skimboard

Photographer David Tsay

On the Water

“I thought skimboards were for young kids, but this one held my weight with no problem.” —Brad

Brad Ettinger on skimboard

Photographer David Tsay

Looking for Waves

A lightweight board like this one allows Brad to effortlessly glide across the water.

Digital Camera Swim Mask

Photographer Ted Tucker

Digital Camera Swim Mask

Snorkel hands-free while you go finding Nemo up to 15 feet deep. This mask has a built-in digital camera that takes five-megapixel photos. The Digital Camera Swim Mask, $100; hammacher.com 

Mike with the digital camera swim mask

Photographer David Tsay

Snap Shot

With his mask on, Mike is ready for everything that comes into view.

Nathaniel with the digital camera swim mask

Photographer David Tsay

Capturing Life

“We travel internationally for contests, so I’d love to have this mask to take photos of all the exotic fish.” —Nathaniel

Glow-in-the-Dark Horseshoes

Photographer Ted Tucker

Glow-in-the-Dark Horseshoes

Battery illumination keeps night horseshoes from turning into a game of hide-and-seek. For weight, fill each with sand or water once you hit the beach. Impact LED Illuminated Horseshoe Set, $13; target.com

 

Waterproof Video Camera

Photographer Ted Tucker

Waterproof Video Camera

This pocket camera is waterproof up to 10 feet, has slow-motion playback, and offers a built-in setting to reduce sun glare. Kodak Playsport Video Camera, $150; amazon.com

“Now I can capture evidence of a wave I told all my friends about and somehow no one saw!” —Austin Ware

Beach Soccer Ball

Photographer Ted Tucker

Beach Soccer Ball

A beach-tastic version of the classic soccer ball—only it doesn’t soak up water and is soft on bare feet. SELECT 20-654 Beach Soccer Ball, $19; amazon.com 

 

Mike with the beach soccer ball

Photographer David Tsay

Showing Off

“It’s lighter than a normal soccer ball and a great way to warm up the legs before a surf.” —Mike

Nathaniel with the beach soccer ball

Photographer David Tsay

Smooth Moves

The ball’s soft texture is ideal for cool tricks on the beach.

Nathaniel and Mike with the beach soccer ball

Photographer David Tsay

Fancy Footwork

The boys start an impromptu soccer game on the beach before they get their surf on.

Magnetic Playing Cards

Photographer Ted Tucker

Magnetic Playing Cards

Play a game of war with cards—not the wind—with a magnetic board that keeps flexible metallic cards from flying away. Magnetic Playing Cards, $40; kling.com

“I will never have to chase them down the beach! This is epic.” —Mike

 

Oball Football

Photographer Ted Tucker

Oball Football

The smaller, lighter, and more colorful little brother of the everyday football has a hollowed-out center and finger holes that make it a smart choice for young beach bums. Oball Football, $9; rhinotoys.com

Group huddle

Photographer David Tsay

Group Huddle

“It’s half the size of a regular football and waterproof—perfect for ocean games.” —Nathaniel

Ladder Golf

Photographer David Tsay

Ladder Golf

Get your competitive side in full swing with this addictive game. Teams of players toss bolas—made of colored golf balls—onto rungs to win points. Ladder Golf, $60; laddergolf.com

 

Austin playing ladder golf

Photographer David Tsay

Taking Aim

“This is serious fun for hours. I can definitely get hooked on this—no pun intended!” —Austin

Shore Surfer

Photographer Ted Tucker

Shore Surfer

Designed by a 12-year-old from Destin, Florida, who wed a skimboard with a boogie board, this new toy lets kids slide safely across the water’s edge on their knees. Shore Surfer, $40; shore-surfer.com

“Perfect for kids who are too young to stand on a skimboard. The handles make it easy to hold on safely.” —Brad

 

OgoSport Disk Set

Photographer Ted Tucker

Trampoline Disks

Play catch on the sand with these waterproof toys that bounce balls high in the air. OgoSport Mini Super Sports Disk Set, $24; amazon.com

Mike and Austin playing with the OgoSport Disks

Photographer David Tsay

Endless Fun

This versatile toy works for many sports—try volleyball, baseball, and tennis.

Austin playing with the OgoSport Disks

Photographer David Tsay

Perfect Bounce

The sports disk’s stretchy center can launch balls up to 150 feet!

Waveski

Photographer Ted Tucker

Waveski

Part kayak, part surfboard, this epoxy resin-and-fiberglass board lets you sit down to surf the waves! High Performance Waveski, $1,050; waveski.com

 

Surf Boys Group Photo

Photographer David Tsay

That’s a Wrap!

Even after their day of fun, their own boards are still the number one toys in these surf boys’ hearts. After a full day of testing, the boys show off what are still their most prized beach toys: their surfboards.

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