Surfers around the world will take to the waves to celebrate their sport on International Surfing Day, now in its tenth edition.
In 2004, EuroSIMA (European Boardsports Industry Manufacturers Association) launched the event, which is supported by the European Surfing Federation (ESF), as well as Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) and Surfrider Foundation Europe.
To add a bit of confusion, the International Surfing Day micro site lists the celebration as June 20, while EuroSIMA's site sets the day as June 23. Either way, events are taking place throughout the week and throughout the world, so check both sites for what's taking place in your area.
Last year nearly 200 events took place in more than 30 countries around the globe, and this year expects the same, as surfers and paddle-boarders mobilize for a celebration of free concerts, surf lessons and demos, parties, beach clean-ups, and contests.
Five essentials for the pampered surfer
If that boring black neoprene wetsuit is spoiling your beach-going fun, here are a few chic ways to dress up your days on the waves ahead of International Surfing Day.
Travel Kit, by SeventyOne Percent
This kit comes with everything a seasoned surfer could need for a day on the water: energy shots, a sunblock stick, and cooling gel, with one percent of the profits going to the SurfRider foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to keeping our oceans clean. €55
Cynthia Rowley's floral wetsuit
Designer Cynthia Rowley is reportedly a self-proclaimed surf addict. Her 2mm neoprene wetsuit features a feminine touch but with room for practical features like an exposed zippered pocket for keys. $375
For fashion victims who love the waves, Parisian fashion house Chanel has designed a set of surfboards in black, white, and red for the nifty price tag of €4,500.
Diane von Furstenberg's Roxy line
If you dream of owning a swimsuit that is both fashionable and sporty, DVF Loves Roxy can fit the bill by matching Furstenberg's iconic bold prints with Roxy's surfer silhouettes -- with surfers Kelia Moniz and Monyca Byrne-Wicke as the faces of the line. Comprising 35 pieces, the line includes swimwear, beach cover-ups, board shorts, rash guards, and beach bags. Prices range from $25 to $75.
Colored Nosecoat by Zinka
Brighten up the beach with California brand Zinka's line of waterproof sunblock for your nose in a range of intense colors, all with 25 percent zinc oxide to protect your skin from the sun's rays. $6.99