Contributing Gear Editor


Title: Rebecca Parsons


Location: Honolulu, Hawaii

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  • Surfing, stand-up paddling, running, hiking, backpacking, health/fitness, travel, athlete profiles, gear, and the outdoors
  • Years in This Expertise: 10
  • Number Of Products & Number Of Hours Expert Has Tested: 500+, 3,000+ hours

Education & Certifications

  • Education: B.S. from UC Santa Cruz
  • Years of Writing: 10
  • Previous Publications: Men’s Journal, Hana Hou, Freesurf, Gear Junkie, Surfline, Outside, The Surfers’ Journal, Adventure Sports Network, SUP Mag, Standup Journal, Paddle Examiner, San Clemente Journal. 


Drawn to paper and pen since her formative years, Rebecca always knew she would become a writer. Her childhood dreams centered around writing novels and living near the beach. It wasn’t until after finishing a degree in marine biology that her eyes were opened to surf and outdoor journalism.

Fresh out of college, Rebecca landed an interview with SUP magazine and spent nine months learning the tricks of the trade with the best in the industry. After that, Rebecca became a full-time freelance writer and spent the next eight years contributing to various surf, outdoor, travel, and gear magazines. When she wasn’t at her computer, Rebecca practiced what she preached, spending the bulk of her free time in the water or on the trails near her home in Southern California. 

In 2021, Rebecca made her dream move to Oahu, Hawaii where she landed a contributing editor position with Freesurf magazine as well as a contributing editor position with The Inertia. In 2023, Rebecca was brought onto a full-time position as a gear editor for The Inertia.

As one of the gear editors, Rebecca regularly tests and reviews the latest and greatest in the world of outdoor gear. She works with The Inertia’s team of editors and freelancers to create buyer’s guides, single items reviews, gift guides, and more. When she’s not reviewing gear, Rebecca continues to work on writing novels, with the goal of someday landing a book on the best seller list. 

Career Highlights

  • Attending and writing about Bethany Hamilton’s ‘Beautifully Flawed’ retreat for Hana Hou and chatting with Bethany about the program
  • Attending and writing about Nosara Paddlesurf’s weeklong SUP surfing retreat in Costa Rica for SUP the Mag.
  • Interviewing Kai Lenny about the most dangerous waves in the world for Men’s Journal. 
  • Finishing my first novel. Currently working on getting it published.
  • Attending and writing about surfing and staying at Namotu Island for The Inertia.
  • Surfing with, interviewing, and writing about Waikiki’s best longboarders for Surfline.
  • Completing the Honolulu Marathon with a personal record after being bed ridden for five years with a chronic illness.

A Word From Rebecca Parsons

As a gear editor for The Inertia, I get to combine my passions for surfing, the outdoors, and writing into one. As a child, I dreamed of someday seeing my name in print and am continuously grateful to have a job that I genuinely love. 

My career kicked off with an unpaid internship at a stand-up paddle magazine and evolved into freelance gigs, before finally landing an editorial position. The Inertia is a surf and outdoor magazine comprised of good people, writing about their greatest passions in life – I am honored to be a member of the team. When I’m not writing, you can find me surfing, running, hiking, stand-up paddling, or sleeping under the stars. 

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