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 the locker – surfing requires spending most of the time in the water, needless to say, what water does to the keys and electronics. 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

Car key / Scooter key hiding solutions for surfers

Here we go with the pro’s and con’s 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.


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 It With You

Use an integrated pocket and possibly a string attached to the key, obviously 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.

Most modern car keys have this simple feature

If you have an electronic car key, then using an extra small water-proof bag is a way to go!

Where to store?

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

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

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3. Leave the car doors open

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


4. Get a padlock/lockbox

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Padlocks are widely used among surfers. The only reasonable, safest way and 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 on something solid. Most used spots: Over the wheel spoke, door handle, tow-bar, roof-rack, etc.


5. Leave the keys to the nearest coffee-shop / life-save club

Coffee and food trucks know their way around “parking their business”

Usually, where there’s surf – there’s a good quality beach with lots of beachgoers nearby. And, of course, a great coffee right after the enduring session sounds good already. You could leave the

6. 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 and can take care of your valuables while you are having fun. Zero stress there.