The Surfer Beard - Top 5 Reasons to Grow a Beard for Surfing
December 30, 2017
Beards and the ocean go hand in hand. From Poseidon to a modern salty sailor. I find it odd then that the manly look hasn’t made its way to the surfing community in greater fashion. Surfing up and down the California coast I always see clean shaven guys on their boards and wonder why?
It’s time for the surfer beard.
Beards have always been a symbol of manliness. But a beard adds more than just rugged character to a man’s face.
Top 5 Reasons to Grow a Surfer Beard
Protection from the Sun - It’s easy to lose track of time when you’re out in the water waiting for the next wave. Soon you start to feel the sun beating down on you and your face is taking the brunt of it all. Fortunately for you, that thick beard works marvels to block those pesky UV rays. You’ll still need to reapply the sunscreen before you get back in, but at least you won’t be totally burnt.
Keeps you Warm - Those warm summer waters don’t last all year on the California coast. At least the waters do warm up more than other spots around the world that remain on the constantly freezing. Beat the chill with a wetsuit and some facial insulation.
Saves Time - Cutting down your start-of-the-day routine is key if you want to catch those early morning waves. One thing you won’t have to worry about though is shaving! Just get your butt up, board out, and let your beard lead the way.
Feel Confident - Confidence is key to everything you do in life. When you look good, you feel good. Growing a beard is the perfect way to get an extra boost of manly confidence. Maybe even enough to scare off a shark or two.
Natural Filtration - There’s a lot of bacteria in the water and in the air just waiting to get you sick. A thick beard acts as the front line defense to keep allergens out of your nose and mouth. Less time laid up in bed means more time on your board.
But growing the beard is only one part of the equation. The salty ocean water can strip those natural oils and make it feel dry after you’re back on shore. That’s why it’s important to use a quality beard oil to keep that fresh feeling all day long.
Finding the right beard oil can be tough. Since beards have soared back into style, a lot of new products came onto the market. One of my personal favorites is the Original scent from California Beard Oil Company. The fresh smell of tea tree and peppermint combines to make a clean-cut scent that makes your beard feel loved and refreshed after a long day out on the water. Made with all natural ingredients, it’s old fashioned in the best way possible. You’ll also feel good knowing that a tree is planted with every purchase thanks to their partnership with the Eden Project.
Keeping it well-groomed and maintained doesn’t have to be a chore. Make sure it’s washed. Nobody likes the guy with the smelly beard. Billy Jealousy’s Monsoon Mist Shampoo and Typhoon Tango are both tea tree based to keep a constant refreshed groove in your routine. It’s a stellar after surf combo to energize your beard after a hard session.
Take pride in your beard. Take care of your beard. Surf on.