Does anything beat the feeling of being out on the water? We certainly don’t think so. Whether we are swimming, kayaking, surfing or SUPing, we’ll be out there at any opportunity we get.

Here we round up 12 pieces of kit that we reckon are worthy of a spot in any water-lover’s kit box. Credit cards at the ready!

1. Jobe Aqua Neoprene 3mm Shoes



These wetsuit shoes are the ideal companion on any aquatic adventures this summer. They will keep your feet warm and the soles of your feet protected. The mesh on top ensures that the water drains right out of them.

Available from: CH Marine 

2. Portwest 3mm Atlantic Steamer


portwest steamer wetsuit

This wetsuit offers fantastic value for money. Equipped with pre-shaped arms and legs, a titanium mesh check panel and a zipped back and adjustable neck, this wetsuit will keep you warm and comfortable in the water no matter what your activity of choice is.

Available from: Portwest 

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3. Gill Tarp Barrel Bag


gill tarp barell bag

The 60-litre Gill Tarp Barrel Bag is perfect for stashing your kit, both wet and dry. Made from a puncture resistant tough tarpaulin fabric it really will stand the test of time. The bag is fully waterproof and features a spacious main compartment, an internal mesh pocket and a zippered end pocket for wet kit.

Available from: CH Marine 

4. Perception Gemini Tandem Kayak



The Perception Gemini is a perfect addition to any staycation or sunny weekend! Capable of tackling surf and waves, these kayaks are nothing short of bullet proof. They will last you a lifetime and are guaranteed to provide endless entertainment for all members of the family, young and old. The kayak comes with two seats and backrests to provide support while paddling.

Available from: Bantry Bay Canoes

5. Portwest Insane Foam Bodyboard


insane body board

A bodyboard is a brilliant addition to your kit locker if you are heading to the beach this summer. Small enough to throw in the back of the car, it will provide hours of entertainment when you hit the surf.

Available from: Portwest

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6. Reef Simple 2 Shorts



Look hot to trot on the beach this summer with the vintage-look Reef Simple 2 boardies. Made from a stretch fabric they don’t just look good, they’ll perform well too whether you are playing footie on the beach or braving the surf. They also feature a brushed interior waistband, locking silicone drawcord, elastic key loop and a slick lycra fly.

Available from: Cotswold Outdoor 

7. Jobe Yarra 10.6 Inflatable SUP


jobe SUP

The Jobe Yarra is light, versatile and easy to use. This really is an all-rounder that will perform well on the calm waters of a canal or a lake as well as out on the sea.

Best of all is the fact that it packs down into a handy backpack making it an ideal travel companion. The package comes with a paddle, leash, pump and waterproof phone cover… what more could you need?!

Available from: Bantry Bay Canoes

8. Rashr Rash Vests


Rashr Rash Vests

These unique rash vests will ensure you are spotted on the beach this summer. Available in a range of funky designs, your only problem will be settling on just one!

Available from: Rashr 

9. Coucon Changing Robe



The brainchild of Northern Irish surfer Charles Russell, these robes are the perfect companion for any outdoor lover. Super cosy thanks to the simulated lamb’s wool interior, they are also waterproof and durable.

Available from: Coucon

10. GoPro HERO5 Black


go pro hero 5

The HERO5 Black is the most powerful and easy-to-use GoPro ever. Offering 4K video, voice control, one-button simplicity, touch display and waterproof design, this is the all-singing all dancing adventure camera. And when it’s time to edit and share, HERO5 Black automatically uploads footage to your GoPro Plus cloud account to provide easy access on your phone. Then, you can create amazing videos automatically with Quik, the GoPro editing app.

Available from: Surfdome

11. Gill Reflex Sunglasses


Gill Reflex Sunglasses

They look awesome, they float, they have polarised lenses and they don’t cost a bomb, seriously, what is not to love about these sunglasses?! All Gill sunglasses are made specifically for use on the water ensuring that watersports lovers have UV protection and aren’t suffering the ill effects of glare off the water.

Available from: CH Marine 

12. The North Face Base Camp Mini Flip Flops


the north face basecamp flip flops

The North Face Base Camp flip-flops tick both the comfort and hard-wearing boxes. A cleverly designed footbed offers supreme comfort, while a durable rubber outsole offers good grip making them ideal for mooching around whether you are unwinding in camp after a long day in the hills or at the beach on a sunny day.

Available from: Cotswold Outdoor 

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