By Michael Benninger
A Touch of Grass
Bare your soles and cruise the strand on this revolutionary skateboard that could only have been born in San Diego. Determined to build the perfect barefoot board, the phine pholks at Team Phun pioneered the concept of combining a soft, synthetic grass top with a sturdy and stylish 27-inch board. The resulting AstroBoard is assembled in San Diego and available in tons of color combos. Best part is you don’t have to mow it.
Bols of Steel
The one World Futbol is the last soccer ball you’ll ever buy. guaranteed to withstand the roughest landscapes, it never needs air - even after multiple punctures - and will outlast hundreds of regular soccer balls. No matter how hard you kick it, you can’t kick its ass. Bonus: For each one purchased, a second is donated to disadvantaged kids around the world.
One World Futbol ($39)
One World Futbol
Work the Angles
This striking multi-triangular towel by vertty is made of eco-friendly materials and is lighter and larger than its traditional counterparts. a hidden waterproof pocket provides the perfect spot to stash whatever, and the towel’s fast-drying, sand-shedding fabric means it’ll be folded and clean in the car before you can say “isosceles.”
Vertty Beach Towel ($89)
Write as Rain
Soggy scribes, rejoice! Tacoma-based Rite in the Rain offers a line of waterproof stationery that lets writers scribble in the drizzle and doodle in a downpour. Okay, so we don’t get much rain here in San Diego, but we do have plenty of water. Now you can jot down your musings at the bottom of Mission Bay. Snorkel sold separately.
Waterproof Journal ($15)
Rite in the Rain
Claw of the Land
Digging to China just got a hole lot easier thanks to this brilliant scooping machine that fits like a glove. Ten Ton Toys developed the HandTrux Backhoe with a handraulic power-grip hidden inside, making manual excavation more efficient than ever. Designed for superior scooping, this made-in-the-USA toy is for safe for kids over three, but large enough for most adults to get down and dirty. Time to brush up on your Mandarin.
Handtrux Backhoe ($17)
Time tubes and capture carves with this first-of-its-kind smartwatch that allows surfers to record speed, wave counts and distance travelled. The Rip Curl Search GPS smartwatch displays real-time stats and syncs with iphones and desktops, allowing users to share their waves with the world. This surf geek’s dream come true even does a little something called “telling time.”
Rip CurL Search GPS Watch (coming soon; price unavailable)
Hide & Chic
Imported from Portugal, this jaguar hide beach towel is the real deal. Okay, maybe it’s not real, but it is awesome. Made from 100-percent cotton and measuring 56" by 70", this reversible showstopper comes with a cross-body leather holster and envelope purse. (The leather actually is real.) Its availability in blue, brown and black means you can change your spots all summer long. Even a real jaguar can’t do that.
Jaguar Hide Beach Towel ($250)
Maslin & Co.