September may seem a little early to start talking Christmas gifts but perhaps not. Certainly the supermarkets, high street shops and advertising campaigns of manufacturers don't consider it before time – already we are being bombarded with images and shelves of Christmas themed goods and presents. Additionally, in the present economic climate there is perhaps more need to spread out our spending and plan ahead.
As a surfer of many years standing I have received my share of surf related gifts. Presents from other surfers or surf buddies tend to be spot on – they know what I'm into, what I've got, what I need and/or want, what is useful or useless and most essentially they know the difference between real surfing gifts and items made by non-surfing industry companies who are just trying to cash in on the hype and have missed the mark by a mile.