Editor’s Note: This piece was done in partnership with SYMPL Supply Co.
Electronic key fobs have given me more headaches at the intersection of daily life and surf life than any other tool I can think of. Half of our off-the-cuff storage options aren’t the safest: leaving them on a tire or tucked into the wheel well, tossing them under a lifeguard tower, or hiding them under a rock somewhere is just begging for a session of anxiety, constantly looking back to shore to make sure nobody’s driving off with your rig. I don’t trust lockboxes anymore. After learning how easy it actually is to break into most common lockboxes, that option stopped feeling reliable. A rash of robberies targeting popular surf spots in San Francisco not too long ago didn’t ease my doubts. Safe and reliable solutions for storing keys while surfing is important but it’s fair to say there isn’t a ton of options.