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Australia’s Best Surf Spots' Eats

Australia’s Best Surf Spots' Eats

Got the winter blues? Make like the birds and head south. Basking in the joys of Indian summer, the Southern Hemisphere is enjoying that perfect time of year when the day still glows from a strong sun and night turns brisk under the watch of the moon. Down Under, surf aficionados are logging some last-minute waves, and Australia’s coastlines, known for soft sand, buzzing shorefront paradises, and good vibes, are experiencing their usual flurry of end-of-season action. With trans-Pacific deals and packages to places like New South Wales and Queensland popping up online, now is the time to finally commit to that surf trip of your dreams. To help you make the most of Australia’s many surfing beaches, here are some suggestions for where to go, what to do, and, of course, where to eat after a long day wrestling an Aussie tide.

Bondi Beach

Quite possibly the world’s most iconic surf beach, the horseshoe-shaped Bondi Beach is one of Sydney’s treasures. Its south end is littered with beautiful people; hard, tan bodies; itsy-bitsy bikini-clad babes; a talented pool of surfers; and a rainbow of boarders that ebb and flow as they await swells that uncurl unpredictably. New surfers should stick close to Bondi’s north end, which is ideal for beginners. Bondi’s glam factor is at a premium, and boutiques selling everything from boards to bathing suits line its side streets. It’s all about Bikini Island for sexy swimwear, while the flagship Camilla Franks store will polish off any beach look with a luxe caftan or sarong.

It’s easy to work up an appetite here. And quaint restaurants lure foodies looking to pass the time watching lithe surfers do their thing while chowing down on some wonderful plates. A must-visit on the Bondi food trail is Icebergs Dining Room and Bar, located atop one of Australia’s most venerable

swim clubs that dates back to 1929 and overlooks the entire beach. Newer to the scene, and also owned by the Icebergs crew, is North Bondi Italian (pictured), the universal choice of Sydney insiders for antipasti and decadent pastas like the arrabbiata with crab and chile. On the other side of the beach, don’t miss tiny Sean’s Panorama, a joint that focuses on fresh ingredients and daily blackboard specials. If you have the time, settle in for the five-course tasting menu for $145 paired with some fine Australian wine. (Photo courtesy of Flickr/黒忍者)

Need a bite before you ride? Nothing tops Trio for a great "brekky," as the locals call it. Fuel up for the day on Mediterranean-inspired egg dishes and heaping platters of fruit and pancakes, then grab your board and hit the water.

Manly Beach

Next to Bondi, Manly Beach serves up some of Sydney’s most famous strips of sand. As seen in local artist Joel Coleman’s photography on display at Saltmotion Gallery, Manly by day is a haven for Rollerbladers gliding down the esplanade, scuba divers scouring the underwater scene, and music lovers grooving to some of the country’s best acts performing live at the many local bars. Named for the "manly behavior" of the area’s Aborigine, this short ferry ride from Sydney’s Circular Quay is an oasis for those with an affinity for a good wave. Host of the recent inaugural Australian Open of Surfing, which took place Feb. 11-19 (and gives Manly Beach some serious New South Wales bragging

rights), Manly is also the place for those in need of surf instruction. Hopefuls can book a lesson at Manly Surf School, voted the number one surf school in New South Wales by Surfing Australia, to perfect their form.

After a long day beating the waves, you can refuel at a host of great eateries and pubs. If you’re looking for some swank Italian, head to Manly Pavilion, one of 2011’s Best Restaurants according to the Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide. Dining with friends? Share plates and vino at Manly Wine or Hugo’s breezy outdoor deck for a round of oysters and thin crust pies with plenty of scene. Just drinking? 4 Pines Brewery has a great selection of microbrews, while Hemingway, inspired by the legend, keeps it real with an emphasis on rum. (Photo courtesy of Flickr/Frants)


Surfers are very much exposed to skin cancer. UV rays, sand, and water reflection are responsible for severe skin damages. Irreversible problems may appear in as little as 15 minutes of sunlight exposure.

Spring and summer, as well the period between 10 am and 4 pm, are the most dangerous periods for UV exposure. Also, UV rays travel through clouds on less sunny days.

Tanning looks good and can be addictive, but skin cancer may put an end to your surfing days.

Ultraviolet radiation destroys the skin's cellular DNA and produces mutations that lead to skin cancer. Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer and kills more than 8,000 Americans each year.

The best sunscreen creams, lotions, and sprays offer sun protective factor (SPF) 15 or higher and both UVA and UVB protection.

These are called broad-spectrum sunscreens.

Protect Your Face, Hands, and Feet

If you're a surfer, apply two tablespoons of sunscreen to your entire body 30 minutes before hitting the waves.

If you're enjoying the surf for longer periods, reapply sunscreen every two hours because the contact with the water is always deteriorating your sun care protection.

Surfers wearing full wetsuits should apply a thick layer of sunscreen to the face, hands, and even feet.

If you're surfing with your boardshorts only, make sure to protect all of your body. And avoid sunburns at all costs.

So, what is sunscreen? High-quality sunscreen labels include chemicals that ensure sunblock, i.e., compounds that absorb ultraviolet light, inorganic ingredients that reflect scatter and absorb UV light, and a stabilizer that slows breakdown.

Kokua, Thinksport, All Good, Suntegrity, Art of Sport, Manda, Raw Love, Badger, Raw Elements, Blue Lizard, Stream2Sea, Mama Kuleana, and Babo Botanicals are the best sunscreen labels for surfing and surfers.

Please make sure you use them all the time.

Discover the best eco-friendly, reef-safe sunscreen brands and check the sun protective factor (SPF) that suits your skin type:

Kokua Sun Care Hawaiian Natural Zinc Sunscreen

The Kōkua Sun Care Hawaiian Natural Zinc Sunscreen is a broad-spectrum protection that provides a natural physical barrier to the sun's UVA and UVB rays.

It does not contain oxybenzone or any other chemical sunscreens. Its light, coconut-vanilla scent derives from plant extracts.

Thinksport Safe Sunscreen

The Thinksport Safe Sunscreen is a mineral-based formula with the highest water resistance allowed by the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA).

It absorbs easily, doesn't leave you feeling sticky, and is free from biologically harmful chemicals, including avobenzone, oxybenzone, paraben, phthalates, PABA, 1,4 dioxane, and UV chemical absorbers.

All Good Sport Mineral Sunscreen

The All Good Sport Mineral Face & Body Sunscreen is a non-greasy lightweight formula that includes organic green tea, rosehip, and buriti oil for repairing damaged skin.

It is oxybenzone-free, water-resistant for up to 80 minutes, and made with only reef-friendly ingredients.

Art of Sport Skin Armor

The Art of Sport Skin Armor Sunscreen is a weightless, oil and fragrance-free formula that hydrates the athlete's skin in harsh conditions.

It rubs in quickly, doesn't feel greasy, and has been dermatologist tested to provide superior sun protection.

Manda Organic Sun Paste

The Manda Organic Sun Paste is a sun protection formula for outdoor enthusiasts featuring high-quality, food-grade, all-natural, and organic ingredients, including coconut oil, beeswax, cocoa butter, thanaka, cacao powder, shea butter, and cinnamon oil.

It has anti-inflammatory, anti-aging, and moisturizing properties and was not tested on animals.

Raw Love All Natural Mineral Sunscreen

The Raw Love All Natural Mineral Sunscreen is an eco-conscious, baby and reef-safe, plastic-free sun protection.

Its high-concentrated formula is free of parabens, PABA, preservatives, or synthetic fragrances.

Badger Sport Sunscreen

The Badger Sport Sunscreen is a simple formula feature just five ingredients - clear zinc oxide, organic sunflower oil, organic beeswax, organic jojoba oil, and sunflower vitamin E.

It is biodegradable, reef safe, broad-spectrum, and water-resistant for at least 80 minutes - A good pick for sensitive skins.

Suntegrity Natural Mineral Body Sunscreen

The Suntegrity Natural Mineral Body Sunscreen is an easy-to-apply sun protective formula free of parabens, phthalates, propylene glycol, mineral oil, synthetic dyes, sulfates, nanoparticles, and chemical UV absorbers.

It is loaded with antioxidants and has a light, uplifting citrus scent.

Raw Elements Certified Natural Sunscreen

The Raw Elements Certified Natural Sunscreen is full-body UVA-UVB sun protection featuring biologically active antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and extracts.

It is perfect for children, biodegradable, soy, gluten, and nut-free, and never runs or stings eyes.

Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen

The Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen was designed with dermatologists to provide head-to-toe sun protection without oxybenzone or octinoxate.

This non-skin-irritating formula protects your skin by acting like thousands of tiny mirrors that reflect UV rays away before they enter your body.

Tropicsport Sunscreen

The Tropicsport Sunscreen is a reef-friendly formula that stays on and protects your skin for up to four hours in the water.

Its ingredients include tucuma seed butter, baobab oil, and macadamia nut oil, all inside an eco-friendly aluminum tube.

Stream2Sea Sunscreen

The Stream2Sea Sunscreen has been tested and proven safe for baitfish, saltwater fish, freshwater fish, and coral larvae and doesn't affect their natural behavior.

The formula includes green tea, tulsi, wakame, and olive leaf. It's non-greasy and won’t burn your eyes.

Mama Kuleana Reef Safe Sunscreen

The Mama Kuleana Reef Safe Sunscreen is a mineral-based UVA/UVB protection that smells great and features a 100 percent microplastic-free, fully biodegradable, and compostable screw-top jar.

It is handmade in small batches in Hawaii. The list of ingredients includes organic shea butter, organic coconut oil, beeswax, organic safflower oil, non-nano zinc powder, raspberry oil, rosehip seed oil, and vitamin e oil.

Babo Botanicals Clear Zinc Sunscreen

The Babo Botanicals Clear Zinc Sunscreen is an effective and safe sunblock formula that doesn't leave any white residue.

It rubs in well, absorbs quickly, and contains rich, skin-soothing certified organic jojoba, coconut, and avocado. It also contains shea butter and beeswax to prevent and relieve chapped face, nose, lips, and ears.

The sunscreens for surfers review has been updated on April 4, 2021.


Surfers are very much exposed to skin cancer. UV rays, sand, and water reflection are responsible for severe skin damages. Irreversible problems may appear in as little as 15 minutes of sunlight exposure.

Spring and summer, as well the period between 10 am and 4 pm, are the most dangerous periods for UV exposure. Also, UV rays travel through clouds on less sunny days.

Tanning looks good and can be addictive, but skin cancer may put an end to your surfing days.

Ultraviolet radiation destroys the skin's cellular DNA and produces mutations that lead to skin cancer. Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer and kills more than 8,000 Americans each year.

The best sunscreen creams, lotions, and sprays offer sun protective factor (SPF) 15 or higher and both UVA and UVB protection.

These are called broad-spectrum sunscreens.

Protect Your Face, Hands, and Feet

If you're a surfer, apply two tablespoons of sunscreen to your entire body 30 minutes before hitting the waves.

If you're enjoying the surf for longer periods, reapply sunscreen every two hours because the contact with the water is always deteriorating your sun care protection.

Surfers wearing full wetsuits should apply a thick layer of sunscreen to the face, hands, and even feet.

If you're surfing with your boardshorts only, make sure to protect all of your body. And avoid sunburns at all costs.

So, what is sunscreen? High-quality sunscreen labels include chemicals that ensure sunblock, i.e., compounds that absorb ultraviolet light, inorganic ingredients that reflect scatter and absorb UV light, and a stabilizer that slows breakdown.

Kokua, Thinksport, All Good, Suntegrity, Art of Sport, Manda, Raw Love, Badger, Raw Elements, Blue Lizard, Stream2Sea, Mama Kuleana, and Babo Botanicals are the best sunscreen labels for surfing and surfers.

Please make sure you use them all the time.

Discover the best eco-friendly, reef-safe sunscreen brands and check the sun protective factor (SPF) that suits your skin type:

Kokua Sun Care Hawaiian Natural Zinc Sunscreen

The Kōkua Sun Care Hawaiian Natural Zinc Sunscreen is a broad-spectrum protection that provides a natural physical barrier to the sun's UVA and UVB rays.

It does not contain oxybenzone or any other chemical sunscreens. Its light, coconut-vanilla scent derives from plant extracts.

Thinksport Safe Sunscreen

The Thinksport Safe Sunscreen is a mineral-based formula with the highest water resistance allowed by the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA).

It absorbs easily, doesn't leave you feeling sticky, and is free from biologically harmful chemicals, including avobenzone, oxybenzone, paraben, phthalates, PABA, 1,4 dioxane, and UV chemical absorbers.

All Good Sport Mineral Sunscreen

The All Good Sport Mineral Face & Body Sunscreen is a non-greasy lightweight formula that includes organic green tea, rosehip, and buriti oil for repairing damaged skin.

It is oxybenzone-free, water-resistant for up to 80 minutes, and made with only reef-friendly ingredients.

Art of Sport Skin Armor

The Art of Sport Skin Armor Sunscreen is a weightless, oil and fragrance-free formula that hydrates the athlete's skin in harsh conditions.

It rubs in quickly, doesn't feel greasy, and has been dermatologist tested to provide superior sun protection.

Manda Organic Sun Paste

The Manda Organic Sun Paste is a sun protection formula for outdoor enthusiasts featuring high-quality, food-grade, all-natural, and organic ingredients, including coconut oil, beeswax, cocoa butter, thanaka, cacao powder, shea butter, and cinnamon oil.

It has anti-inflammatory, anti-aging, and moisturizing properties and was not tested on animals.

Raw Love All Natural Mineral Sunscreen

The Raw Love All Natural Mineral Sunscreen is an eco-conscious, baby and reef-safe, plastic-free sun protection.

Its high-concentrated formula is free of parabens, PABA, preservatives, or synthetic fragrances.

Badger Sport Sunscreen

The Badger Sport Sunscreen is a simple formula feature just five ingredients - clear zinc oxide, organic sunflower oil, organic beeswax, organic jojoba oil, and sunflower vitamin E.

It is biodegradable, reef safe, broad-spectrum, and water-resistant for at least 80 minutes - A good pick for sensitive skins.

Suntegrity Natural Mineral Body Sunscreen

The Suntegrity Natural Mineral Body Sunscreen is an easy-to-apply sun protective formula free of parabens, phthalates, propylene glycol, mineral oil, synthetic dyes, sulfates, nanoparticles, and chemical UV absorbers.

It is loaded with antioxidants and has a light, uplifting citrus scent.

Raw Elements Certified Natural Sunscreen

The Raw Elements Certified Natural Sunscreen is full-body UVA-UVB sun protection featuring biologically active antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and extracts.

It is perfect for children, biodegradable, soy, gluten, and nut-free, and never runs or stings eyes.

Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen

The Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen was designed with dermatologists to provide head-to-toe sun protection without oxybenzone or octinoxate.

This non-skin-irritating formula protects your skin by acting like thousands of tiny mirrors that reflect UV rays away before they enter your body.

Tropicsport Sunscreen

The Tropicsport Sunscreen is a reef-friendly formula that stays on and protects your skin for up to four hours in the water.

Its ingredients include tucuma seed butter, baobab oil, and macadamia nut oil, all inside an eco-friendly aluminum tube.

Stream2Sea Sunscreen

The Stream2Sea Sunscreen has been tested and proven safe for baitfish, saltwater fish, freshwater fish, and coral larvae and doesn't affect their natural behavior.

The formula includes green tea, tulsi, wakame, and olive leaf. It's non-greasy and won’t burn your eyes.

Mama Kuleana Reef Safe Sunscreen

The Mama Kuleana Reef Safe Sunscreen is a mineral-based UVA/UVB protection that smells great and features a 100 percent microplastic-free, fully biodegradable, and compostable screw-top jar.

It is handmade in small batches in Hawaii. The list of ingredients includes organic shea butter, organic coconut oil, beeswax, organic safflower oil, non-nano zinc powder, raspberry oil, rosehip seed oil, and vitamin e oil.

Babo Botanicals Clear Zinc Sunscreen

The Babo Botanicals Clear Zinc Sunscreen is an effective and safe sunblock formula that doesn't leave any white residue.

It rubs in well, absorbs quickly, and contains rich, skin-soothing certified organic jojoba, coconut, and avocado. It also contains shea butter and beeswax to prevent and relieve chapped face, nose, lips, and ears.

The sunscreens for surfers review has been updated on April 4, 2021.


Surfers are very much exposed to skin cancer. UV rays, sand, and water reflection are responsible for severe skin damages. Irreversible problems may appear in as little as 15 minutes of sunlight exposure.

Spring and summer, as well the period between 10 am and 4 pm, are the most dangerous periods for UV exposure. Also, UV rays travel through clouds on less sunny days.

Tanning looks good and can be addictive, but skin cancer may put an end to your surfing days.

Ultraviolet radiation destroys the skin's cellular DNA and produces mutations that lead to skin cancer. Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer and kills more than 8,000 Americans each year.

The best sunscreen creams, lotions, and sprays offer sun protective factor (SPF) 15 or higher and both UVA and UVB protection.

These are called broad-spectrum sunscreens.

Protect Your Face, Hands, and Feet

If you're a surfer, apply two tablespoons of sunscreen to your entire body 30 minutes before hitting the waves.

If you're enjoying the surf for longer periods, reapply sunscreen every two hours because the contact with the water is always deteriorating your sun care protection.

Surfers wearing full wetsuits should apply a thick layer of sunscreen to the face, hands, and even feet.

If you're surfing with your boardshorts only, make sure to protect all of your body. And avoid sunburns at all costs.

So, what is sunscreen? High-quality sunscreen labels include chemicals that ensure sunblock, i.e., compounds that absorb ultraviolet light, inorganic ingredients that reflect scatter and absorb UV light, and a stabilizer that slows breakdown.

Kokua, Thinksport, All Good, Suntegrity, Art of Sport, Manda, Raw Love, Badger, Raw Elements, Blue Lizard, Stream2Sea, Mama Kuleana, and Babo Botanicals are the best sunscreen labels for surfing and surfers.

Please make sure you use them all the time.

Discover the best eco-friendly, reef-safe sunscreen brands and check the sun protective factor (SPF) that suits your skin type:

Kokua Sun Care Hawaiian Natural Zinc Sunscreen

The Kōkua Sun Care Hawaiian Natural Zinc Sunscreen is a broad-spectrum protection that provides a natural physical barrier to the sun's UVA and UVB rays.

It does not contain oxybenzone or any other chemical sunscreens. Its light, coconut-vanilla scent derives from plant extracts.

Thinksport Safe Sunscreen

The Thinksport Safe Sunscreen is a mineral-based formula with the highest water resistance allowed by the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA).

It absorbs easily, doesn't leave you feeling sticky, and is free from biologically harmful chemicals, including avobenzone, oxybenzone, paraben, phthalates, PABA, 1,4 dioxane, and UV chemical absorbers.

All Good Sport Mineral Sunscreen

The All Good Sport Mineral Face & Body Sunscreen is a non-greasy lightweight formula that includes organic green tea, rosehip, and buriti oil for repairing damaged skin.

It is oxybenzone-free, water-resistant for up to 80 minutes, and made with only reef-friendly ingredients.

Art of Sport Skin Armor

The Art of Sport Skin Armor Sunscreen is a weightless, oil and fragrance-free formula that hydrates the athlete's skin in harsh conditions.

It rubs in quickly, doesn't feel greasy, and has been dermatologist tested to provide superior sun protection.

Manda Organic Sun Paste

The Manda Organic Sun Paste is a sun protection formula for outdoor enthusiasts featuring high-quality, food-grade, all-natural, and organic ingredients, including coconut oil, beeswax, cocoa butter, thanaka, cacao powder, shea butter, and cinnamon oil.

It has anti-inflammatory, anti-aging, and moisturizing properties and was not tested on animals.

Raw Love All Natural Mineral Sunscreen

The Raw Love All Natural Mineral Sunscreen is an eco-conscious, baby and reef-safe, plastic-free sun protection.

Its high-concentrated formula is free of parabens, PABA, preservatives, or synthetic fragrances.

Badger Sport Sunscreen

The Badger Sport Sunscreen is a simple formula feature just five ingredients - clear zinc oxide, organic sunflower oil, organic beeswax, organic jojoba oil, and sunflower vitamin E.

It is biodegradable, reef safe, broad-spectrum, and water-resistant for at least 80 minutes - A good pick for sensitive skins.

Suntegrity Natural Mineral Body Sunscreen

The Suntegrity Natural Mineral Body Sunscreen is an easy-to-apply sun protective formula free of parabens, phthalates, propylene glycol, mineral oil, synthetic dyes, sulfates, nanoparticles, and chemical UV absorbers.

It is loaded with antioxidants and has a light, uplifting citrus scent.

Raw Elements Certified Natural Sunscreen

The Raw Elements Certified Natural Sunscreen is full-body UVA-UVB sun protection featuring biologically active antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and extracts.

It is perfect for children, biodegradable, soy, gluten, and nut-free, and never runs or stings eyes.

Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen

The Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen was designed with dermatologists to provide head-to-toe sun protection without oxybenzone or octinoxate.

This non-skin-irritating formula protects your skin by acting like thousands of tiny mirrors that reflect UV rays away before they enter your body.

Tropicsport Sunscreen

The Tropicsport Sunscreen is a reef-friendly formula that stays on and protects your skin for up to four hours in the water.

Its ingredients include tucuma seed butter, baobab oil, and macadamia nut oil, all inside an eco-friendly aluminum tube.

Stream2Sea Sunscreen

The Stream2Sea Sunscreen has been tested and proven safe for baitfish, saltwater fish, freshwater fish, and coral larvae and doesn't affect their natural behavior.

The formula includes green tea, tulsi, wakame, and olive leaf. It's non-greasy and won’t burn your eyes.

Mama Kuleana Reef Safe Sunscreen

The Mama Kuleana Reef Safe Sunscreen is a mineral-based UVA/UVB protection that smells great and features a 100 percent microplastic-free, fully biodegradable, and compostable screw-top jar.

It is handmade in small batches in Hawaii. The list of ingredients includes organic shea butter, organic coconut oil, beeswax, organic safflower oil, non-nano zinc powder, raspberry oil, rosehip seed oil, and vitamin e oil.

Babo Botanicals Clear Zinc Sunscreen

The Babo Botanicals Clear Zinc Sunscreen is an effective and safe sunblock formula that doesn't leave any white residue.

It rubs in well, absorbs quickly, and contains rich, skin-soothing certified organic jojoba, coconut, and avocado. It also contains shea butter and beeswax to prevent and relieve chapped face, nose, lips, and ears.

The sunscreens for surfers review has been updated on April 4, 2021.


Surfers are very much exposed to skin cancer. UV rays, sand, and water reflection are responsible for severe skin damages. Irreversible problems may appear in as little as 15 minutes of sunlight exposure.

Spring and summer, as well the period between 10 am and 4 pm, are the most dangerous periods for UV exposure. Also, UV rays travel through clouds on less sunny days.

Tanning looks good and can be addictive, but skin cancer may put an end to your surfing days.

Ultraviolet radiation destroys the skin's cellular DNA and produces mutations that lead to skin cancer. Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer and kills more than 8,000 Americans each year.

The best sunscreen creams, lotions, and sprays offer sun protective factor (SPF) 15 or higher and both UVA and UVB protection.

These are called broad-spectrum sunscreens.

Protect Your Face, Hands, and Feet

If you're a surfer, apply two tablespoons of sunscreen to your entire body 30 minutes before hitting the waves.

If you're enjoying the surf for longer periods, reapply sunscreen every two hours because the contact with the water is always deteriorating your sun care protection.

Surfers wearing full wetsuits should apply a thick layer of sunscreen to the face, hands, and even feet.

If you're surfing with your boardshorts only, make sure to protect all of your body. And avoid sunburns at all costs.

So, what is sunscreen? High-quality sunscreen labels include chemicals that ensure sunblock, i.e., compounds that absorb ultraviolet light, inorganic ingredients that reflect scatter and absorb UV light, and a stabilizer that slows breakdown.

Kokua, Thinksport, All Good, Suntegrity, Art of Sport, Manda, Raw Love, Badger, Raw Elements, Blue Lizard, Stream2Sea, Mama Kuleana, and Babo Botanicals are the best sunscreen labels for surfing and surfers.

Please make sure you use them all the time.

Discover the best eco-friendly, reef-safe sunscreen brands and check the sun protective factor (SPF) that suits your skin type:

Kokua Sun Care Hawaiian Natural Zinc Sunscreen

The Kōkua Sun Care Hawaiian Natural Zinc Sunscreen is a broad-spectrum protection that provides a natural physical barrier to the sun's UVA and UVB rays.

It does not contain oxybenzone or any other chemical sunscreens. Its light, coconut-vanilla scent derives from plant extracts.

Thinksport Safe Sunscreen

The Thinksport Safe Sunscreen is a mineral-based formula with the highest water resistance allowed by the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA).

It absorbs easily, doesn't leave you feeling sticky, and is free from biologically harmful chemicals, including avobenzone, oxybenzone, paraben, phthalates, PABA, 1,4 dioxane, and UV chemical absorbers.

All Good Sport Mineral Sunscreen

The All Good Sport Mineral Face & Body Sunscreen is a non-greasy lightweight formula that includes organic green tea, rosehip, and buriti oil for repairing damaged skin.

It is oxybenzone-free, water-resistant for up to 80 minutes, and made with only reef-friendly ingredients.

Art of Sport Skin Armor

The Art of Sport Skin Armor Sunscreen is a weightless, oil and fragrance-free formula that hydrates the athlete's skin in harsh conditions.

It rubs in quickly, doesn't feel greasy, and has been dermatologist tested to provide superior sun protection.

Manda Organic Sun Paste

The Manda Organic Sun Paste is a sun protection formula for outdoor enthusiasts featuring high-quality, food-grade, all-natural, and organic ingredients, including coconut oil, beeswax, cocoa butter, thanaka, cacao powder, shea butter, and cinnamon oil.

It has anti-inflammatory, anti-aging, and moisturizing properties and was not tested on animals.

Raw Love All Natural Mineral Sunscreen

The Raw Love All Natural Mineral Sunscreen is an eco-conscious, baby and reef-safe, plastic-free sun protection.

Its high-concentrated formula is free of parabens, PABA, preservatives, or synthetic fragrances.

Badger Sport Sunscreen

The Badger Sport Sunscreen is a simple formula feature just five ingredients - clear zinc oxide, organic sunflower oil, organic beeswax, organic jojoba oil, and sunflower vitamin E.

It is biodegradable, reef safe, broad-spectrum, and water-resistant for at least 80 minutes - A good pick for sensitive skins.

Suntegrity Natural Mineral Body Sunscreen

The Suntegrity Natural Mineral Body Sunscreen is an easy-to-apply sun protective formula free of parabens, phthalates, propylene glycol, mineral oil, synthetic dyes, sulfates, nanoparticles, and chemical UV absorbers.

It is loaded with antioxidants and has a light, uplifting citrus scent.

Raw Elements Certified Natural Sunscreen

The Raw Elements Certified Natural Sunscreen is full-body UVA-UVB sun protection featuring biologically active antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and extracts.

It is perfect for children, biodegradable, soy, gluten, and nut-free, and never runs or stings eyes.

Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen

The Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen was designed with dermatologists to provide head-to-toe sun protection without oxybenzone or octinoxate.

This non-skin-irritating formula protects your skin by acting like thousands of tiny mirrors that reflect UV rays away before they enter your body.

Tropicsport Sunscreen

The Tropicsport Sunscreen is a reef-friendly formula that stays on and protects your skin for up to four hours in the water.

Its ingredients include tucuma seed butter, baobab oil, and macadamia nut oil, all inside an eco-friendly aluminum tube.

Stream2Sea Sunscreen

The Stream2Sea Sunscreen has been tested and proven safe for baitfish, saltwater fish, freshwater fish, and coral larvae and doesn't affect their natural behavior.

The formula includes green tea, tulsi, wakame, and olive leaf. It's non-greasy and won’t burn your eyes.

Mama Kuleana Reef Safe Sunscreen

The Mama Kuleana Reef Safe Sunscreen is a mineral-based UVA/UVB protection that smells great and features a 100 percent microplastic-free, fully biodegradable, and compostable screw-top jar.

It is handmade in small batches in Hawaii. The list of ingredients includes organic shea butter, organic coconut oil, beeswax, organic safflower oil, non-nano zinc powder, raspberry oil, rosehip seed oil, and vitamin e oil.

Babo Botanicals Clear Zinc Sunscreen

The Babo Botanicals Clear Zinc Sunscreen is an effective and safe sunblock formula that doesn't leave any white residue.

It rubs in well, absorbs quickly, and contains rich, skin-soothing certified organic jojoba, coconut, and avocado. It also contains shea butter and beeswax to prevent and relieve chapped face, nose, lips, and ears.

The sunscreens for surfers review has been updated on April 4, 2021.


Surfers are very much exposed to skin cancer. UV rays, sand, and water reflection are responsible for severe skin damages. Irreversible problems may appear in as little as 15 minutes of sunlight exposure.

Spring and summer, as well the period between 10 am and 4 pm, are the most dangerous periods for UV exposure. Also, UV rays travel through clouds on less sunny days.

Tanning looks good and can be addictive, but skin cancer may put an end to your surfing days.

Ultraviolet radiation destroys the skin's cellular DNA and produces mutations that lead to skin cancer. Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer and kills more than 8,000 Americans each year.

The best sunscreen creams, lotions, and sprays offer sun protective factor (SPF) 15 or higher and both UVA and UVB protection.

These are called broad-spectrum sunscreens.

Protect Your Face, Hands, and Feet

If you're a surfer, apply two tablespoons of sunscreen to your entire body 30 minutes before hitting the waves.

If you're enjoying the surf for longer periods, reapply sunscreen every two hours because the contact with the water is always deteriorating your sun care protection.

Surfers wearing full wetsuits should apply a thick layer of sunscreen to the face, hands, and even feet.

If you're surfing with your boardshorts only, make sure to protect all of your body. And avoid sunburns at all costs.

So, what is sunscreen? High-quality sunscreen labels include chemicals that ensure sunblock, i.e., compounds that absorb ultraviolet light, inorganic ingredients that reflect scatter and absorb UV light, and a stabilizer that slows breakdown.

Kokua, Thinksport, All Good, Suntegrity, Art of Sport, Manda, Raw Love, Badger, Raw Elements, Blue Lizard, Stream2Sea, Mama Kuleana, and Babo Botanicals are the best sunscreen labels for surfing and surfers.

Please make sure you use them all the time.

Discover the best eco-friendly, reef-safe sunscreen brands and check the sun protective factor (SPF) that suits your skin type:

Kokua Sun Care Hawaiian Natural Zinc Sunscreen

The Kōkua Sun Care Hawaiian Natural Zinc Sunscreen is a broad-spectrum protection that provides a natural physical barrier to the sun's UVA and UVB rays.

It does not contain oxybenzone or any other chemical sunscreens. Its light, coconut-vanilla scent derives from plant extracts.

Thinksport Safe Sunscreen

The Thinksport Safe Sunscreen is a mineral-based formula with the highest water resistance allowed by the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA).

It absorbs easily, doesn't leave you feeling sticky, and is free from biologically harmful chemicals, including avobenzone, oxybenzone, paraben, phthalates, PABA, 1,4 dioxane, and UV chemical absorbers.

All Good Sport Mineral Sunscreen

The All Good Sport Mineral Face & Body Sunscreen is a non-greasy lightweight formula that includes organic green tea, rosehip, and buriti oil for repairing damaged skin.

It is oxybenzone-free, water-resistant for up to 80 minutes, and made with only reef-friendly ingredients.

Art of Sport Skin Armor

The Art of Sport Skin Armor Sunscreen is a weightless, oil and fragrance-free formula that hydrates the athlete's skin in harsh conditions.

It rubs in quickly, doesn't feel greasy, and has been dermatologist tested to provide superior sun protection.

Manda Organic Sun Paste

The Manda Organic Sun Paste is a sun protection formula for outdoor enthusiasts featuring high-quality, food-grade, all-natural, and organic ingredients, including coconut oil, beeswax, cocoa butter, thanaka, cacao powder, shea butter, and cinnamon oil.

It has anti-inflammatory, anti-aging, and moisturizing properties and was not tested on animals.

Raw Love All Natural Mineral Sunscreen

The Raw Love All Natural Mineral Sunscreen is an eco-conscious, baby and reef-safe, plastic-free sun protection.

Its high-concentrated formula is free of parabens, PABA, preservatives, or synthetic fragrances.

Badger Sport Sunscreen

The Badger Sport Sunscreen is a simple formula feature just five ingredients - clear zinc oxide, organic sunflower oil, organic beeswax, organic jojoba oil, and sunflower vitamin E.

It is biodegradable, reef safe, broad-spectrum, and water-resistant for at least 80 minutes - A good pick for sensitive skins.

Suntegrity Natural Mineral Body Sunscreen

The Suntegrity Natural Mineral Body Sunscreen is an easy-to-apply sun protective formula free of parabens, phthalates, propylene glycol, mineral oil, synthetic dyes, sulfates, nanoparticles, and chemical UV absorbers.

It is loaded with antioxidants and has a light, uplifting citrus scent.

Raw Elements Certified Natural Sunscreen

The Raw Elements Certified Natural Sunscreen is full-body UVA-UVB sun protection featuring biologically active antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and extracts.

It is perfect for children, biodegradable, soy, gluten, and nut-free, and never runs or stings eyes.

Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen

The Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen was designed with dermatologists to provide head-to-toe sun protection without oxybenzone or octinoxate.

This non-skin-irritating formula protects your skin by acting like thousands of tiny mirrors that reflect UV rays away before they enter your body.

Tropicsport Sunscreen

The Tropicsport Sunscreen is a reef-friendly formula that stays on and protects your skin for up to four hours in the water.

Its ingredients include tucuma seed butter, baobab oil, and macadamia nut oil, all inside an eco-friendly aluminum tube.

Stream2Sea Sunscreen

The Stream2Sea Sunscreen has been tested and proven safe for baitfish, saltwater fish, freshwater fish, and coral larvae and doesn't affect their natural behavior.

The formula includes green tea, tulsi, wakame, and olive leaf. It's non-greasy and won’t burn your eyes.

Mama Kuleana Reef Safe Sunscreen

The Mama Kuleana Reef Safe Sunscreen is a mineral-based UVA/UVB protection that smells great and features a 100 percent microplastic-free, fully biodegradable, and compostable screw-top jar.

It is handmade in small batches in Hawaii. The list of ingredients includes organic shea butter, organic coconut oil, beeswax, organic safflower oil, non-nano zinc powder, raspberry oil, rosehip seed oil, and vitamin e oil.

Babo Botanicals Clear Zinc Sunscreen

The Babo Botanicals Clear Zinc Sunscreen is an effective and safe sunblock formula that doesn't leave any white residue.

It rubs in well, absorbs quickly, and contains rich, skin-soothing certified organic jojoba, coconut, and avocado. It also contains shea butter and beeswax to prevent and relieve chapped face, nose, lips, and ears.

The sunscreens for surfers review has been updated on April 4, 2021.


Surfers are very much exposed to skin cancer. UV rays, sand, and water reflection are responsible for severe skin damages. Irreversible problems may appear in as little as 15 minutes of sunlight exposure.

Spring and summer, as well the period between 10 am and 4 pm, are the most dangerous periods for UV exposure. Also, UV rays travel through clouds on less sunny days.

Tanning looks good and can be addictive, but skin cancer may put an end to your surfing days.

Ultraviolet radiation destroys the skin's cellular DNA and produces mutations that lead to skin cancer. Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer and kills more than 8,000 Americans each year.

The best sunscreen creams, lotions, and sprays offer sun protective factor (SPF) 15 or higher and both UVA and UVB protection.

These are called broad-spectrum sunscreens.

Protect Your Face, Hands, and Feet

If you're a surfer, apply two tablespoons of sunscreen to your entire body 30 minutes before hitting the waves.

If you're enjoying the surf for longer periods, reapply sunscreen every two hours because the contact with the water is always deteriorating your sun care protection.

Surfers wearing full wetsuits should apply a thick layer of sunscreen to the face, hands, and even feet.

If you're surfing with your boardshorts only, make sure to protect all of your body. And avoid sunburns at all costs.

So, what is sunscreen? High-quality sunscreen labels include chemicals that ensure sunblock, i.e., compounds that absorb ultraviolet light, inorganic ingredients that reflect scatter and absorb UV light, and a stabilizer that slows breakdown.

Kokua, Thinksport, All Good, Suntegrity, Art of Sport, Manda, Raw Love, Badger, Raw Elements, Blue Lizard, Stream2Sea, Mama Kuleana, and Babo Botanicals are the best sunscreen labels for surfing and surfers.

Please make sure you use them all the time.

Discover the best eco-friendly, reef-safe sunscreen brands and check the sun protective factor (SPF) that suits your skin type:

Kokua Sun Care Hawaiian Natural Zinc Sunscreen

The Kōkua Sun Care Hawaiian Natural Zinc Sunscreen is a broad-spectrum protection that provides a natural physical barrier to the sun's UVA and UVB rays.

It does not contain oxybenzone or any other chemical sunscreens. Its light, coconut-vanilla scent derives from plant extracts.

Thinksport Safe Sunscreen

The Thinksport Safe Sunscreen is a mineral-based formula with the highest water resistance allowed by the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA).

It absorbs easily, doesn't leave you feeling sticky, and is free from biologically harmful chemicals, including avobenzone, oxybenzone, paraben, phthalates, PABA, 1,4 dioxane, and UV chemical absorbers.

All Good Sport Mineral Sunscreen

The All Good Sport Mineral Face & Body Sunscreen is a non-greasy lightweight formula that includes organic green tea, rosehip, and buriti oil for repairing damaged skin.

It is oxybenzone-free, water-resistant for up to 80 minutes, and made with only reef-friendly ingredients.

Art of Sport Skin Armor

The Art of Sport Skin Armor Sunscreen is a weightless, oil and fragrance-free formula that hydrates the athlete's skin in harsh conditions.

It rubs in quickly, doesn't feel greasy, and has been dermatologist tested to provide superior sun protection.

Manda Organic Sun Paste

The Manda Organic Sun Paste is a sun protection formula for outdoor enthusiasts featuring high-quality, food-grade, all-natural, and organic ingredients, including coconut oil, beeswax, cocoa butter, thanaka, cacao powder, shea butter, and cinnamon oil.

It has anti-inflammatory, anti-aging, and moisturizing properties and was not tested on animals.

Raw Love All Natural Mineral Sunscreen

The Raw Love All Natural Mineral Sunscreen is an eco-conscious, baby and reef-safe, plastic-free sun protection.

Its high-concentrated formula is free of parabens, PABA, preservatives, or synthetic fragrances.

Badger Sport Sunscreen

The Badger Sport Sunscreen is a simple formula feature just five ingredients - clear zinc oxide, organic sunflower oil, organic beeswax, organic jojoba oil, and sunflower vitamin E.

It is biodegradable, reef safe, broad-spectrum, and water-resistant for at least 80 minutes - A good pick for sensitive skins.

Suntegrity Natural Mineral Body Sunscreen

The Suntegrity Natural Mineral Body Sunscreen is an easy-to-apply sun protective formula free of parabens, phthalates, propylene glycol, mineral oil, synthetic dyes, sulfates, nanoparticles, and chemical UV absorbers.

It is loaded with antioxidants and has a light, uplifting citrus scent.

Raw Elements Certified Natural Sunscreen

The Raw Elements Certified Natural Sunscreen is full-body UVA-UVB sun protection featuring biologically active antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and extracts.

It is perfect for children, biodegradable, soy, gluten, and nut-free, and never runs or stings eyes.

Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen

The Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen was designed with dermatologists to provide head-to-toe sun protection without oxybenzone or octinoxate.

This non-skin-irritating formula protects your skin by acting like thousands of tiny mirrors that reflect UV rays away before they enter your body.

Tropicsport Sunscreen

The Tropicsport Sunscreen is a reef-friendly formula that stays on and protects your skin for up to four hours in the water.

Its ingredients include tucuma seed butter, baobab oil, and macadamia nut oil, all inside an eco-friendly aluminum tube.

Stream2Sea Sunscreen

The Stream2Sea Sunscreen has been tested and proven safe for baitfish, saltwater fish, freshwater fish, and coral larvae and doesn't affect their natural behavior.

The formula includes green tea, tulsi, wakame, and olive leaf. It's non-greasy and won’t burn your eyes.

Mama Kuleana Reef Safe Sunscreen

The Mama Kuleana Reef Safe Sunscreen is a mineral-based UVA/UVB protection that smells great and features a 100 percent microplastic-free, fully biodegradable, and compostable screw-top jar.

It is handmade in small batches in Hawaii. The list of ingredients includes organic shea butter, organic coconut oil, beeswax, organic safflower oil, non-nano zinc powder, raspberry oil, rosehip seed oil, and vitamin e oil.

Babo Botanicals Clear Zinc Sunscreen

The Babo Botanicals Clear Zinc Sunscreen is an effective and safe sunblock formula that doesn't leave any white residue.

It rubs in well, absorbs quickly, and contains rich, skin-soothing certified organic jojoba, coconut, and avocado. It also contains shea butter and beeswax to prevent and relieve chapped face, nose, lips, and ears.

The sunscreens for surfers review has been updated on April 4, 2021.


Surfers are very much exposed to skin cancer. UV rays, sand, and water reflection are responsible for severe skin damages. Irreversible problems may appear in as little as 15 minutes of sunlight exposure.

Spring and summer, as well the period between 10 am and 4 pm, are the most dangerous periods for UV exposure. Also, UV rays travel through clouds on less sunny days.

Tanning looks good and can be addictive, but skin cancer may put an end to your surfing days.

Ultraviolet radiation destroys the skin's cellular DNA and produces mutations that lead to skin cancer. Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer and kills more than 8,000 Americans each year.

The best sunscreen creams, lotions, and sprays offer sun protective factor (SPF) 15 or higher and both UVA and UVB protection.

These are called broad-spectrum sunscreens.

Protect Your Face, Hands, and Feet

If you're a surfer, apply two tablespoons of sunscreen to your entire body 30 minutes before hitting the waves.

If you're enjoying the surf for longer periods, reapply sunscreen every two hours because the contact with the water is always deteriorating your sun care protection.

Surfers wearing full wetsuits should apply a thick layer of sunscreen to the face, hands, and even feet.

If you're surfing with your boardshorts only, make sure to protect all of your body. And avoid sunburns at all costs.

So, what is sunscreen? High-quality sunscreen labels include chemicals that ensure sunblock, i.e., compounds that absorb ultraviolet light, inorganic ingredients that reflect scatter and absorb UV light, and a stabilizer that slows breakdown.

Kokua, Thinksport, All Good, Suntegrity, Art of Sport, Manda, Raw Love, Badger, Raw Elements, Blue Lizard, Stream2Sea, Mama Kuleana, and Babo Botanicals are the best sunscreen labels for surfing and surfers.

Please make sure you use them all the time.

Discover the best eco-friendly, reef-safe sunscreen brands and check the sun protective factor (SPF) that suits your skin type:

Kokua Sun Care Hawaiian Natural Zinc Sunscreen

The Kōkua Sun Care Hawaiian Natural Zinc Sunscreen is a broad-spectrum protection that provides a natural physical barrier to the sun's UVA and UVB rays.

It does not contain oxybenzone or any other chemical sunscreens. Its light, coconut-vanilla scent derives from plant extracts.

Thinksport Safe Sunscreen

The Thinksport Safe Sunscreen is a mineral-based formula with the highest water resistance allowed by the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA).

It absorbs easily, doesn't leave you feeling sticky, and is free from biologically harmful chemicals, including avobenzone, oxybenzone, paraben, phthalates, PABA, 1,4 dioxane, and UV chemical absorbers.

All Good Sport Mineral Sunscreen

The All Good Sport Mineral Face & Body Sunscreen is a non-greasy lightweight formula that includes organic green tea, rosehip, and buriti oil for repairing damaged skin.

It is oxybenzone-free, water-resistant for up to 80 minutes, and made with only reef-friendly ingredients.

Art of Sport Skin Armor

The Art of Sport Skin Armor Sunscreen is a weightless, oil and fragrance-free formula that hydrates the athlete's skin in harsh conditions.

It rubs in quickly, doesn't feel greasy, and has been dermatologist tested to provide superior sun protection.

Manda Organic Sun Paste

The Manda Organic Sun Paste is a sun protection formula for outdoor enthusiasts featuring high-quality, food-grade, all-natural, and organic ingredients, including coconut oil, beeswax, cocoa butter, thanaka, cacao powder, shea butter, and cinnamon oil.

It has anti-inflammatory, anti-aging, and moisturizing properties and was not tested on animals.

Raw Love All Natural Mineral Sunscreen

The Raw Love All Natural Mineral Sunscreen is an eco-conscious, baby and reef-safe, plastic-free sun protection.

Its high-concentrated formula is free of parabens, PABA, preservatives, or synthetic fragrances.

Badger Sport Sunscreen

The Badger Sport Sunscreen is a simple formula feature just five ingredients - clear zinc oxide, organic sunflower oil, organic beeswax, organic jojoba oil, and sunflower vitamin E.

It is biodegradable, reef safe, broad-spectrum, and water-resistant for at least 80 minutes - A good pick for sensitive skins.

Suntegrity Natural Mineral Body Sunscreen

The Suntegrity Natural Mineral Body Sunscreen is an easy-to-apply sun protective formula free of parabens, phthalates, propylene glycol, mineral oil, synthetic dyes, sulfates, nanoparticles, and chemical UV absorbers.

It is loaded with antioxidants and has a light, uplifting citrus scent.

Raw Elements Certified Natural Sunscreen

The Raw Elements Certified Natural Sunscreen is full-body UVA-UVB sun protection featuring biologically active antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and extracts.

It is perfect for children, biodegradable, soy, gluten, and nut-free, and never runs or stings eyes.

Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen

The Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen was designed with dermatologists to provide head-to-toe sun protection without oxybenzone or octinoxate.

This non-skin-irritating formula protects your skin by acting like thousands of tiny mirrors that reflect UV rays away before they enter your body.

Tropicsport Sunscreen

The Tropicsport Sunscreen is a reef-friendly formula that stays on and protects your skin for up to four hours in the water.

Its ingredients include tucuma seed butter, baobab oil, and macadamia nut oil, all inside an eco-friendly aluminum tube.

Stream2Sea Sunscreen

The Stream2Sea Sunscreen has been tested and proven safe for baitfish, saltwater fish, freshwater fish, and coral larvae and doesn't affect their natural behavior.

The formula includes green tea, tulsi, wakame, and olive leaf. It's non-greasy and won’t burn your eyes.

Mama Kuleana Reef Safe Sunscreen

The Mama Kuleana Reef Safe Sunscreen is a mineral-based UVA/UVB protection that smells great and features a 100 percent microplastic-free, fully biodegradable, and compostable screw-top jar.

It is handmade in small batches in Hawaii. The list of ingredients includes organic shea butter, organic coconut oil, beeswax, organic safflower oil, non-nano zinc powder, raspberry oil, rosehip seed oil, and vitamin e oil.

Babo Botanicals Clear Zinc Sunscreen

The Babo Botanicals Clear Zinc Sunscreen is an effective and safe sunblock formula that doesn't leave any white residue.

It rubs in well, absorbs quickly, and contains rich, skin-soothing certified organic jojoba, coconut, and avocado. It also contains shea butter and beeswax to prevent and relieve chapped face, nose, lips, and ears.

The sunscreens for surfers review has been updated on April 4, 2021.


Surfers are very much exposed to skin cancer. UV rays, sand, and water reflection are responsible for severe skin damages. Irreversible problems may appear in as little as 15 minutes of sunlight exposure.

Spring and summer, as well the period between 10 am and 4 pm, are the most dangerous periods for UV exposure. Also, UV rays travel through clouds on less sunny days.

Tanning looks good and can be addictive, but skin cancer may put an end to your surfing days.

Ultraviolet radiation destroys the skin's cellular DNA and produces mutations that lead to skin cancer. Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer and kills more than 8,000 Americans each year.

The best sunscreen creams, lotions, and sprays offer sun protective factor (SPF) 15 or higher and both UVA and UVB protection.

These are called broad-spectrum sunscreens.

Protect Your Face, Hands, and Feet

If you're a surfer, apply two tablespoons of sunscreen to your entire body 30 minutes before hitting the waves.

If you're enjoying the surf for longer periods, reapply sunscreen every two hours because the contact with the water is always deteriorating your sun care protection.

Surfers wearing full wetsuits should apply a thick layer of sunscreen to the face, hands, and even feet.

If you're surfing with your boardshorts only, make sure to protect all of your body. And avoid sunburns at all costs.

So, what is sunscreen? High-quality sunscreen labels include chemicals that ensure sunblock, i.e., compounds that absorb ultraviolet light, inorganic ingredients that reflect scatter and absorb UV light, and a stabilizer that slows breakdown.

Kokua, Thinksport, All Good, Suntegrity, Art of Sport, Manda, Raw Love, Badger, Raw Elements, Blue Lizard, Stream2Sea, Mama Kuleana, and Babo Botanicals are the best sunscreen labels for surfing and surfers.

Please make sure you use them all the time.

Discover the best eco-friendly, reef-safe sunscreen brands and check the sun protective factor (SPF) that suits your skin type:

Kokua Sun Care Hawaiian Natural Zinc Sunscreen

The Kōkua Sun Care Hawaiian Natural Zinc Sunscreen is a broad-spectrum protection that provides a natural physical barrier to the sun's UVA and UVB rays.

It does not contain oxybenzone or any other chemical sunscreens. Its light, coconut-vanilla scent derives from plant extracts.

Thinksport Safe Sunscreen

The Thinksport Safe Sunscreen is a mineral-based formula with the highest water resistance allowed by the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA).

It absorbs easily, doesn't leave you feeling sticky, and is free from biologically harmful chemicals, including avobenzone, oxybenzone, paraben, phthalates, PABA, 1,4 dioxane, and UV chemical absorbers.

All Good Sport Mineral Sunscreen

The All Good Sport Mineral Face & Body Sunscreen is a non-greasy lightweight formula that includes organic green tea, rosehip, and buriti oil for repairing damaged skin.

It is oxybenzone-free, water-resistant for up to 80 minutes, and made with only reef-friendly ingredients.

Art of Sport Skin Armor

The Art of Sport Skin Armor Sunscreen is a weightless, oil and fragrance-free formula that hydrates the athlete's skin in harsh conditions.

It rubs in quickly, doesn't feel greasy, and has been dermatologist tested to provide superior sun protection.

Manda Organic Sun Paste

The Manda Organic Sun Paste is a sun protection formula for outdoor enthusiasts featuring high-quality, food-grade, all-natural, and organic ingredients, including coconut oil, beeswax, cocoa butter, thanaka, cacao powder, shea butter, and cinnamon oil.

It has anti-inflammatory, anti-aging, and moisturizing properties and was not tested on animals.

Raw Love All Natural Mineral Sunscreen

The Raw Love All Natural Mineral Sunscreen is an eco-conscious, baby and reef-safe, plastic-free sun protection.

Its high-concentrated formula is free of parabens, PABA, preservatives, or synthetic fragrances.

Badger Sport Sunscreen

The Badger Sport Sunscreen is a simple formula feature just five ingredients - clear zinc oxide, organic sunflower oil, organic beeswax, organic jojoba oil, and sunflower vitamin E.

It is biodegradable, reef safe, broad-spectrum, and water-resistant for at least 80 minutes - A good pick for sensitive skins.

Suntegrity Natural Mineral Body Sunscreen

The Suntegrity Natural Mineral Body Sunscreen is an easy-to-apply sun protective formula free of parabens, phthalates, propylene glycol, mineral oil, synthetic dyes, sulfates, nanoparticles, and chemical UV absorbers.

It is loaded with antioxidants and has a light, uplifting citrus scent.

Raw Elements Certified Natural Sunscreen

The Raw Elements Certified Natural Sunscreen is full-body UVA-UVB sun protection featuring biologically active antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and extracts.

It is perfect for children, biodegradable, soy, gluten, and nut-free, and never runs or stings eyes.

Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen

The Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen was designed with dermatologists to provide head-to-toe sun protection without oxybenzone or octinoxate.

This non-skin-irritating formula protects your skin by acting like thousands of tiny mirrors that reflect UV rays away before they enter your body.

Tropicsport Sunscreen

The Tropicsport Sunscreen is a reef-friendly formula that stays on and protects your skin for up to four hours in the water.

Its ingredients include tucuma seed butter, baobab oil, and macadamia nut oil, all inside an eco-friendly aluminum tube.

Stream2Sea Sunscreen

The Stream2Sea Sunscreen has been tested and proven safe for baitfish, saltwater fish, freshwater fish, and coral larvae and doesn't affect their natural behavior.

The formula includes green tea, tulsi, wakame, and olive leaf. It's non-greasy and won’t burn your eyes.

Mama Kuleana Reef Safe Sunscreen

The Mama Kuleana Reef Safe Sunscreen is a mineral-based UVA/UVB protection that smells great and features a 100 percent microplastic-free, fully biodegradable, and compostable screw-top jar.

It is handmade in small batches in Hawaii. The list of ingredients includes organic shea butter, organic coconut oil, beeswax, organic safflower oil, non-nano zinc powder, raspberry oil, rosehip seed oil, and vitamin e oil.

Babo Botanicals Clear Zinc Sunscreen

The Babo Botanicals Clear Zinc Sunscreen is an effective and safe sunblock formula that doesn't leave any white residue.

It rubs in well, absorbs quickly, and contains rich, skin-soothing certified organic jojoba, coconut, and avocado. It also contains shea butter and beeswax to prevent and relieve chapped face, nose, lips, and ears.

The sunscreens for surfers review has been updated on April 4, 2021.


Surfers are very much exposed to skin cancer. UV rays, sand, and water reflection are responsible for severe skin damages. Irreversible problems may appear in as little as 15 minutes of sunlight exposure.

Spring and summer, as well the period between 10 am and 4 pm, are the most dangerous periods for UV exposure. Also, UV rays travel through clouds on less sunny days.

Tanning looks good and can be addictive, but skin cancer may put an end to your surfing days.

Ultraviolet radiation destroys the skin's cellular DNA and produces mutations that lead to skin cancer. Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer and kills more than 8,000 Americans each year.

The best sunscreen creams, lotions, and sprays offer sun protective factor (SPF) 15 or higher and both UVA and UVB protection.

These are called broad-spectrum sunscreens.

Protect Your Face, Hands, and Feet

If you're a surfer, apply two tablespoons of sunscreen to your entire body 30 minutes before hitting the waves.

If you're enjoying the surf for longer periods, reapply sunscreen every two hours because the contact with the water is always deteriorating your sun care protection.

Surfers wearing full wetsuits should apply a thick layer of sunscreen to the face, hands, and even feet.

If you're surfing with your boardshorts only, make sure to protect all of your body. And avoid sunburns at all costs.

So, what is sunscreen? High-quality sunscreen labels include chemicals that ensure sunblock, i.e., compounds that absorb ultraviolet light, inorganic ingredients that reflect scatter and absorb UV light, and a stabilizer that slows breakdown.

Kokua, Thinksport, All Good, Suntegrity, Art of Sport, Manda, Raw Love, Badger, Raw Elements, Blue Lizard, Stream2Sea, Mama Kuleana, and Babo Botanicals are the best sunscreen labels for surfing and surfers.

Please make sure you use them all the time.

Discover the best eco-friendly, reef-safe sunscreen brands and check the sun protective factor (SPF) that suits your skin type:

Kokua Sun Care Hawaiian Natural Zinc Sunscreen

The Kōkua Sun Care Hawaiian Natural Zinc Sunscreen is a broad-spectrum protection that provides a natural physical barrier to the sun's UVA and UVB rays.

It does not contain oxybenzone or any other chemical sunscreens. Its light, coconut-vanilla scent derives from plant extracts.

Thinksport Safe Sunscreen

The Thinksport Safe Sunscreen is a mineral-based formula with the highest water resistance allowed by the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA).

It absorbs easily, doesn't leave you feeling sticky, and is free from biologically harmful chemicals, including avobenzone, oxybenzone, paraben, phthalates, PABA, 1,4 dioxane, and UV chemical absorbers.

All Good Sport Mineral Sunscreen

The All Good Sport Mineral Face & Body Sunscreen is a non-greasy lightweight formula that includes organic green tea, rosehip, and buriti oil for repairing damaged skin.

It is oxybenzone-free, water-resistant for up to 80 minutes, and made with only reef-friendly ingredients.

Art of Sport Skin Armor

The Art of Sport Skin Armor Sunscreen is a weightless, oil and fragrance-free formula that hydrates the athlete's skin in harsh conditions.

It rubs in quickly, doesn't feel greasy, and has been dermatologist tested to provide superior sun protection.

Manda Organic Sun Paste

The Manda Organic Sun Paste is a sun protection formula for outdoor enthusiasts featuring high-quality, food-grade, all-natural, and organic ingredients, including coconut oil, beeswax, cocoa butter, thanaka, cacao powder, shea butter, and cinnamon oil.

It has anti-inflammatory, anti-aging, and moisturizing properties and was not tested on animals.

Raw Love All Natural Mineral Sunscreen

The Raw Love All Natural Mineral Sunscreen is an eco-conscious, baby and reef-safe, plastic-free sun protection.

Its high-concentrated formula is free of parabens, PABA, preservatives, or synthetic fragrances.

Badger Sport Sunscreen

The Badger Sport Sunscreen is a simple formula feature just five ingredients - clear zinc oxide, organic sunflower oil, organic beeswax, organic jojoba oil, and sunflower vitamin E.

It is biodegradable, reef safe, broad-spectrum, and water-resistant for at least 80 minutes - A good pick for sensitive skins.

Suntegrity Natural Mineral Body Sunscreen

The Suntegrity Natural Mineral Body Sunscreen is an easy-to-apply sun protective formula free of parabens, phthalates, propylene glycol, mineral oil, synthetic dyes, sulfates, nanoparticles, and chemical UV absorbers.

It is loaded with antioxidants and has a light, uplifting citrus scent.

Raw Elements Certified Natural Sunscreen

The Raw Elements Certified Natural Sunscreen is full-body UVA-UVB sun protection featuring biologically active antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and extracts.

It is perfect for children, biodegradable, soy, gluten, and nut-free, and never runs or stings eyes.

Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen

The Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen was designed with dermatologists to provide head-to-toe sun protection without oxybenzone or octinoxate.

This non-skin-irritating formula protects your skin by acting like thousands of tiny mirrors that reflect UV rays away before they enter your body.

Tropicsport Sunscreen

The Tropicsport Sunscreen is a reef-friendly formula that stays on and protects your skin for up to four hours in the water.

Its ingredients include tucuma seed butter, baobab oil, and macadamia nut oil, all inside an eco-friendly aluminum tube.

Stream2Sea Sunscreen

The Stream2Sea Sunscreen has been tested and proven safe for baitfish, saltwater fish, freshwater fish, and coral larvae and doesn't affect their natural behavior.

The formula includes green tea, tulsi, wakame, and olive leaf. It's non-greasy and won’t burn your eyes.

Mama Kuleana Reef Safe Sunscreen

The Mama Kuleana Reef Safe Sunscreen is a mineral-based UVA/UVB protection that smells great and features a 100 percent microplastic-free, fully biodegradable, and compostable screw-top jar.

It is handmade in small batches in Hawaii. The list of ingredients includes organic shea butter, organic coconut oil, beeswax, organic safflower oil, non-nano zinc powder, raspberry oil, rosehip seed oil, and vitamin e oil.

Babo Botanicals Clear Zinc Sunscreen

The Babo Botanicals Clear Zinc Sunscreen is an effective and safe sunblock formula that doesn't leave any white residue.

It rubs in well, absorbs quickly, and contains rich, skin-soothing certified organic jojoba, coconut, and avocado. It also contains shea butter and beeswax to prevent and relieve chapped face, nose, lips, and ears.

The sunscreens for surfers review has been updated on April 4, 2021.


Surfers are very much exposed to skin cancer. UV rays, sand, and water reflection are responsible for severe skin damages. Irreversible problems may appear in as little as 15 minutes of sunlight exposure.

Spring and summer, as well the period between 10 am and 4 pm, are the most dangerous periods for UV exposure. Also, UV rays travel through clouds on less sunny days.

Tanning looks good and can be addictive, but skin cancer may put an end to your surfing days.

Ultraviolet radiation destroys the skin's cellular DNA and produces mutations that lead to skin cancer. Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer and kills more than 8,000 Americans each year.

The best sunscreen creams, lotions, and sprays offer sun protective factor (SPF) 15 or higher and both UVA and UVB protection.

These are called broad-spectrum sunscreens.

Protect Your Face, Hands, and Feet

If you're a surfer, apply two tablespoons of sunscreen to your entire body 30 minutes before hitting the waves.

If you're enjoying the surf for longer periods, reapply sunscreen every two hours because the contact with the water is always deteriorating your sun care protection.

Surfers wearing full wetsuits should apply a thick layer of sunscreen to the face, hands, and even feet.

If you're surfing with your boardshorts only, make sure to protect all of your body. And avoid sunburns at all costs.

So, what is sunscreen? High-quality sunscreen labels include chemicals that ensure sunblock, i.e., compounds that absorb ultraviolet light, inorganic ingredients that reflect scatter and absorb UV light, and a stabilizer that slows breakdown.

Kokua, Thinksport, All Good, Suntegrity, Art of Sport, Manda, Raw Love, Badger, Raw Elements, Blue Lizard, Stream2Sea, Mama Kuleana, and Babo Botanicals are the best sunscreen labels for surfing and surfers.

Please make sure you use them all the time.

Discover the best eco-friendly, reef-safe sunscreen brands and check the sun protective factor (SPF) that suits your skin type:

Kokua Sun Care Hawaiian Natural Zinc Sunscreen

The Kōkua Sun Care Hawaiian Natural Zinc Sunscreen is a broad-spectrum protection that provides a natural physical barrier to the sun's UVA and UVB rays.

It does not contain oxybenzone or any other chemical sunscreens. Its light, coconut-vanilla scent derives from plant extracts.

Thinksport Safe Sunscreen

The Thinksport Safe Sunscreen is a mineral-based formula with the highest water resistance allowed by the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA).

It absorbs easily, doesn't leave you feeling sticky, and is free from biologically harmful chemicals, including avobenzone, oxybenzone, paraben, phthalates, PABA, 1,4 dioxane, and UV chemical absorbers.

All Good Sport Mineral Sunscreen

The All Good Sport Mineral Face & Body Sunscreen is a non-greasy lightweight formula that includes organic green tea, rosehip, and buriti oil for repairing damaged skin.

It is oxybenzone-free, water-resistant for up to 80 minutes, and made with only reef-friendly ingredients.

Art of Sport Skin Armor

The Art of Sport Skin Armor Sunscreen is a weightless, oil and fragrance-free formula that hydrates the athlete's skin in harsh conditions.

It rubs in quickly, doesn't feel greasy, and has been dermatologist tested to provide superior sun protection.

Manda Organic Sun Paste

The Manda Organic Sun Paste is a sun protection formula for outdoor enthusiasts featuring high-quality, food-grade, all-natural, and organic ingredients, including coconut oil, beeswax, cocoa butter, thanaka, cacao powder, shea butter, and cinnamon oil.

It has anti-inflammatory, anti-aging, and moisturizing properties and was not tested on animals.

Raw Love All Natural Mineral Sunscreen

The Raw Love All Natural Mineral Sunscreen is an eco-conscious, baby and reef-safe, plastic-free sun protection.

Its high-concentrated formula is free of parabens, PABA, preservatives, or synthetic fragrances.

Badger Sport Sunscreen

The Badger Sport Sunscreen is a simple formula feature just five ingredients - clear zinc oxide, organic sunflower oil, organic beeswax, organic jojoba oil, and sunflower vitamin E.

It is biodegradable, reef safe, broad-spectrum, and water-resistant for at least 80 minutes - A good pick for sensitive skins.

Suntegrity Natural Mineral Body Sunscreen

The Suntegrity Natural Mineral Body Sunscreen is an easy-to-apply sun protective formula free of parabens, phthalates, propylene glycol, mineral oil, synthetic dyes, sulfates, nanoparticles, and chemical UV absorbers.

It is loaded with antioxidants and has a light, uplifting citrus scent.

Raw Elements Certified Natural Sunscreen

The Raw Elements Certified Natural Sunscreen is full-body UVA-UVB sun protection featuring biologically active antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and extracts.

It is perfect for children, biodegradable, soy, gluten, and nut-free, and never runs or stings eyes.

Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen

The Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen was designed with dermatologists to provide head-to-toe sun protection without oxybenzone or octinoxate.

This non-skin-irritating formula protects your skin by acting like thousands of tiny mirrors that reflect UV rays away before they enter your body.

Tropicsport Sunscreen

The Tropicsport Sunscreen is a reef-friendly formula that stays on and protects your skin for up to four hours in the water.

Its ingredients include tucuma seed butter, baobab oil, and macadamia nut oil, all inside an eco-friendly aluminum tube.

Stream2Sea Sunscreen

The Stream2Sea Sunscreen has been tested and proven safe for baitfish, saltwater fish, freshwater fish, and coral larvae and doesn't affect their natural behavior.

The formula includes green tea, tulsi, wakame, and olive leaf. It's non-greasy and won’t burn your eyes.

Mama Kuleana Reef Safe Sunscreen

The Mama Kuleana Reef Safe Sunscreen is a mineral-based UVA/UVB protection that smells great and features a 100 percent microplastic-free, fully biodegradable, and compostable screw-top jar.

It is handmade in small batches in Hawaii. The list of ingredients includes organic shea butter, organic coconut oil, beeswax, organic safflower oil, non-nano zinc powder, raspberry oil, rosehip seed oil, and vitamin e oil.

Babo Botanicals Clear Zinc Sunscreen

The Babo Botanicals Clear Zinc Sunscreen is an effective and safe sunblock formula that doesn't leave any white residue.

It rubs in well, absorbs quickly, and contains rich, skin-soothing certified organic jojoba, coconut, and avocado. It also contains shea butter and beeswax to prevent and relieve chapped face, nose, lips, and ears.

The sunscreens for surfers review has been updated on April 4, 2021.


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