In a few short weeks, the hordes of groms required by law to be in school nine months of the year will slump into their new classrooms with sparkly new shoes and freshly-sharpened pencils and lineups everywhere will settle back into their crowded (but not summer crowded) state. Until then, an enjoyable morning surf requires a little extra commitment when there’s a promising forecast – the early bird gets the uncontested set wave, as it were.
So, to assist in those efforts we present to you five essentials that can ease the pain of a 5:00 a.m. get-up. And for more, don’t forget to check out these 10 tips to get you out of bed for dawn patrol.
These foot-puppies may be glorified slippers, but it’s the creature comforts that make crisp mornings a little easier to endure. And post-surf, if the cold water and colder pavement leads to creaky joints, the merits of a pair of easy-to-slide-on, toasty slippers can’t be overstated.
Eating like Laird Hamilton isn’t easy. One of our editors found that out the hard way. But, incorporating some of the man’s best practices, especially his morning routine, doesn’t have to be. According to folks close to Hamilton, every morning he drinks three shots of espresso with Laird Superfood creamer and occasionally adds half a teaspoon of coconut oil and ghee for a supercharged breakfast.
Every coffee-fueled morning needs the ultimate vessel. Yeti’s 24oz Rambler Mug is just that keeping your morning java piping hot. An added bonus we know well from experience is that if you leave yourself a quarter or even half a mug, it’ll stay warm for you when you come back.
Meet your new workhorse jacket. Made to be a mid-layer for the high alpine, the R1 may be Patagonia’s most storied performance layer. It also makes one hell of a main layer to take the edge off on crisp mornings.
The humble podcast is a great companion for a morning surf check in the car. We recommend The Daily from the New York Times, or ABC‘s The Dropout about the rise and fall of Theranos and its principal Elizabeth Holmes.