Where To Store Valuables When Surfing? SURF SAFETY GUIDE

A question all of us face at a certain point in our lives. Not all of us are fortunate enough to live right by the sea, where we could hide the keys under the floor mat and take a stroll to the beach.

car and a surfboard

Unlike any other sport, where you can stash the keys and valuables in your pocket or the locker – surfing requires spending most of the time in the water, needless to say, what water does to the keys and electronic devices. Fair enough if you have a good quality pocket in your boardshorts, and you have a non-digital car/home key – you’re good to go. Well, not all our cars and homes are equipped with face-recognizing technologies yet, so take a look at the alternatives many surfers are facing as well!

Most surfers are concerned about:

  • Someone breaking into the car and steal their valuables
  • Steal their car
  • Lose their keys into the deep blue ocean

Car key / Scooter key hiding solutions for surfers

Here we go with the pros and cons having a good and expensive car, especially when you are a true-hearted surfer. Leaving the keys on top of your tire won’t work anymore if you feel bad your car getting stolen.

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1. Get a Cheap Runabout

One that you can “afford to lose”. Walking home in a dripping wetsuit with a miserable feeling that your car got stolen is better than walking home in a dripping wetsuit and with a feeling that your expensive car/scooter got stolen. Well, it’s one way to enjoy the waves without thinking if your car is still there.


2. Bring the Keys With You

key inside a wetsuit pocket strapped down

Use an integrated pocket and possibly a string attached to the key. That obviously works with a standard non-electric key. For extra security, you could tie a knot over the keychain so it would not come loose, or simply loop the existing string through the keys.

removable internal car key
Most modern car keys have this simple feature

If you have an electronic car key, then using an extra small water-proof bag is your best bet!


Where to store?

When using a chest-zip wetsuit, there’s some extra storage inside the chest entry pouch.

Back-zip wetsuits: Could use a longer rubber strap that goes over the neck and connects to the pouch!


DRFT Waterproof Leg Ankle Pouch

Another great solution to store larger items such as cash, keys, and anything else you can imagine. This is a great solution because of the location which doesn’t get hit in any possible way when surfing.

Available on AMAZON

3. Leave the Car Doors Unlocked

car with a surfboard hanging out of the roof

You could simply leave the doors open and hide the keys and valuables inside the car. I’m sure there are way more spots to hide the keys in the car, than under it. This method is obviously only effective when you don’t have any valuables in the car.

When leaving the doors open, it’s really your best bet to park the car somewhere where you could keep an eye on it.

Lucky Incident. One time when we were surfing at a far-away location in France, a friend of mine left the car keys on the trunk and closed it. The issue was, that it was an older Ford where the only way to open the boot was with the key as the electronic button didn’t work. On top of that, the rear seats could be lowered only from the boot. We learned that there were no speaker holes in the top rear panel (Made of metal), and the back seats were had a durable metal sheet in the construction that couldn’t be bent. After a few hours of panicking and trying different options, we managed to squeeze one hand in the trunk and pull one of the strings.


4. Get a Padlock/Lockbox

padlock for car keys
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Padlocks are widely used among surfers. The only reasonable, safest, probably most used method on this list.

Where to lock the padlock when going surfing? Just be creative – anywhere is fine as long as the lock gets attached to something solid. Most used spots: Wheel spoke, door handle, tow-bar, roof-rack, etc.

MSRP: $55


5. Leave The Keys To The Nearest Coffee-Shop / Life-Save Club

coffe shop at a beach
Coffee and food trucks know their way around “parking their business”

Usually, where there’s surf with some beachgoers, there must be an outside coffee-shop around. And, of course, a great coffee right after the enduring session sounds good already.

6. Hide The Keys In the Sand

Find a good spot around the car,  or at the beach. PS: Hopefully the dogs won’t dig it up!


7. Go key-less

Get yourself a partner who enjoys the walk down the beach who can take care of your valuables while you are having fun. Zero stress there.


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