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.

Unlike any other sport where you can stash the keys and valuables in your pocket or in the locker – surfing requires spending most of the time in the water. Needless to say what the saltwater does to electrical car keys.

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 will break into the car
  • Lose their keys into the deep blue ocean

Where do you store your keys when surfing?

  1. In a padlock that’s locked onto the car
  2. Bring it with you in a waterproof bag
  3. Leave the keys to your partner/coffee shop
  4. Leave them inside a towel ashore
  5. Top of a tire

car and a surfboard


Car / scooter key hiding solutions for surfers

Here we go with the pros and cons of 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 about your car getting stolen.

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1. Get a Cheap Runabout

One that you can “afford to lose”, or even better – grab a ride with your mate!

2. Bring the Keys With You

Use the integrated pocket and possibly an extra 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.

key inside a wetsuit pocket strapped down

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

Not great for surfing! Use only inside of an extra plastic bag.

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 waterproof pouch!

DRFT Waterproof Leg Ankle Pouch

Check Price at Amazon.com

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 on the ankle doesn’t get hit in any possible way when surfing. You can simply attach the leash on top or the bottom of this pouch.

3. Leave the Car Doors Open

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 inside, than under the car. 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.

car with a surfboard hanging out of the roof

4. Get a Padlock/Lockbox

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.

padlock for car keys

5. Leave the Keys to the Nearest Coffee-Shop / Life-Save Club

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.

coffe shop at a beach
Coffee and food trucks know their way around when it comes to ‘parking their business’

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 Keyless

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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