School's out for summer!!!!!


But what are the must-haves summer essentials to get your summer off to a sizzling start?


Whether it be a staycation or summer holiday abroad, here’s The Board Basement’s guide to the top summer items to add to your packing list. 


1) Dakine Wheeled Luggage & Rolling Carry-ons

First of all you need to have some durable, spacious luggage to transport all of your holiday essentials. The Dakine Split Roller comes in 2 different capacities, 110L (6710, 32 x 17 x 13"/ 81 x 43 x 33cm, 11Ibs/ 5kg) and 85L (5190, 30 x 14 x 13"/ 76 x 36 x 33cm, 10Ibs/ 4.5kg). This wheeled bag focuses on organization, with divided top and bottom compartments and a mesh covering for easy access and visibility. It maximises storage space with the Split Wing function to compress the bag down when not in use. Split Rollers come in various different materials and designs, all as stylish as the next, including the PET range (recycled materials) and the Cordura Range (abrasive/ tear resistant/ durable material). For shorter trips and weekends away, the Dakine Carry On Roller is perfect. It comes in 40L (, 21.5 x 14 x 8"/55 x 35 x 20cm, 5.6 lbs./2.5 kg) and 42L (2563, 21.5” x 14 x 9”/ 55 x 35 x 23cm, 6.5lbs/2.9kg). Its convenient size means it perfect for hand luggage and meets the necessary size requirements for most airlines. Its doesnt scrimp on space with ample room, inside dividers, split level layout and exterior pockets. It also has an internal compression strap for extra security and storage. Both styles of luggage come with urethane wheels to navigate all terrain, a retractable handle and #10 YKK main zipper access making them ultra robust bags. Packing will never be a chore again. Check out our blog for our Dakine Split Roller Bag

 Dakine Split Roller           Dakine Carry-On Rollers

2) Dakine Duffle Ranger Bags

An alternative to a suitcase, the Dakine Duffle Ranger Bag is 90L so a compact size to travel with (74 x 43 x 33cm). Throw in all your weekend gear and hit the road. It has a wide U-shape opening to access all your items easily, internal mesh pockets to keep your smaller bits safe, an external fleece lined zippered pocket for additional storage and a heavy duty handle with removable padded backstraps. This bag is durable and weather resistant (even though it WILL be sunny everyday) and folds down into the end pocket for storage. You can even strap this useful bag onto your roof rack (or donkey?) with the daisy chains straps it has on the side. The perfect bag for a day at the beach or picnic in the countryside. We have a selection of other duffle bags designs form Dakine also, you’ll be spoilt for choice. 

 Dakine Duffle Bag Ranger 90L

3) Dakine Board Shorts

Dakine boardies are what all the cool-cats are wearing. They come in a range of different colours, designs and sizes suitable for men and women. All of the Dakine shorts focus on high end construction and comfort. The Dakine Mens 21” Board Shorts Stacked are made out of a lightweight 4 way stretch material for that “barely wearing anything” feel, not weighing you down in and out of the water. They come with chave-free welded hems and a velcro free comfort close fly, no unwanted catches (ouch). They have an additional feature of a back pocket with auto locking coil zipper. For the ladies, the popular womens Dakine Womens Suede Insider Boardie are extra super duper soft and comfortable to wear. They have scalloped hem for added style and come in 2 designs. They come with a 2” inseam and are standard fit so easy to move in. These short board shorts are great for the beach or summer water sport activities.

Dakine Mens Stacked 21" Board Shorts  Dakine Mens Stacked 21" Board Shorts

Dakine Womens Suede Insider Board Short Dakine Womens Suede Insider Board Short



4) Mystic and Dakine Rash Vests

Rash vests aren’t limited just to surfing. They can be used as sun protection as most of them are UPF 50. They can be worn on their own or as an added layer underneath a wetsuit for protection and extra warmth. Or a cooler alternative when you don't want to wear a full wetsuit in the summer heat. We stock rash vests from Dakine and Mystic, both as swanky and technical as each other. The mens Dakine Heavy Duty Snug Fit Short Sleeved rash vest has flatlock seams which is flexible and strong, and seamless “paddle zones”, perfect for summer water activities. It also comes with a board short connector and is UPF 50 AND made out of 85% recycled polyester, good for the environment too. Alternatively, we have the womens Mystic Rash Vest Star Short Sleeved. Also super comfortable to wear and also SPF 50 with a funnel neckline. This is ideal to wear under an impact vest or life jacket when out on the water….or just building sandcastles on the beach. 

 Dakine Mens Rash Vest Heavy Duty Snug Fit Dakine Mens Rash Vest Heavy Duty Snug Fit-back

Mystic Womens Rash Vest Star Short Sleeve Mystic Womens Rash Vest Star Short Sleeve

5) Dakine Wet/ Dry Packs

A Dakine wet/ dry backpack is the most practical beach/ water bag on the market, with the aim of keeping your dry stuff dry, and your wet stuff separate. The main compartment is a totally waterproof construction with a bomber roll top closure. Store all your soggy wet stuff in here until you get home. But don't forget about it! The bottom of the bag is flat so you can stand it up whilst you load it, handy when you’re already carrying a million things. Then there’s bonus storage spaces; tarped lined surf wax pocket, mesh side pocket or “bottle pocket”and front stash pocket (leases, fins….sweets??). Shhhh...but if you just want to give the “surfer dude/ dudette” impression but don't actually want to get wet, you can just use the bag to take drinks down to the beach instead. The wet/dry bags are 28L (48 x 30 x 17cm) and come in different unisex designs.

 Dakine Backpack Wet/ Dry 28L

6) Arcade Belts

Arcade belts are the perfect belts for active people and a good  holiday accessory. They are built with performance and function in mind from ultra stretchy material that allows total freedom of movement; no longer restricted by your average leather belt or buckle digging in. Perfect for travelling and long hours in a plane/ car. They are low profile and easy to use but also ultra durable, light weight, water resistant and quick dry, so ideal to use for skaters, snowboarders, hikers and bikers. They are also just cool to use on a normal pair of everyday jeans, giving you an elasticated top. They do the job of the belt without feeling like you're wearing one AND have a non-slip buckle. There are many different designs for men and women, even some braces made with the same concept in mind. The belts come in 1.25/1.5” belt width and are “one size fits most”, going up to 40/41” max. 

 Arcade Belts

7) Reef Fanning Flip Flops

A HUGE summer essential to add to your packing list, the Reef Flip Flop. Our particular favourite in The Reef Fanning. These come in designs for men and women and are the ultimate athletic flip flop. They have an injection molded EVA footbed and a full 360 degree heel airbag so they are some of the most comfortable flip flops on the market. They have a synthetic Nuck Upper and are water friendly. But the best part of these summer sandals are they come with a bottle opener built into the footbed, everyone will want to be your mate! Definitely the flip flop of choice for active days and chilling out by the water in the afternoon with a cold one. Plenty of different colours and designs to choose from to suit your personal style.

Reef Fannings Men 

8) Dakine Surfboard Bags

For those keen surfers amongst you, a surfboard bag is an important piece of equipment to allow you to easily and safely transport your precious surfboard cargo. We stock bags from Dakine in various different shapes and sizes to allow for different boards. The Dakine Daylight Surfboard bag is lightweight and has ¼” padded storage. Once inside, the bags offer heat and water-resistant coverage and a comfortable padded shoulder strap to carry it. It comes in 5.8/ 6/ 6.3/ 6.6 ft. It also has extra pockets for wax and fins or anything else you fancy storing in there. The Daylight Surfbag comes in the Thruster and Hybrid shape. It’s versatile shape means it fits most boards and is great for single storage. 

Dakine Surf Bag 

9) Dakine Water Headwear Indo Surf Hat

This Dakine Surf/ beach hat is a summer holiday must-have, also ideal for sun protection. The wide brim and bucket-hat style offers maximum coverage from harmful rays. This water friendly hat is perfect for days on the water on the boat, on the SUP and surfing. With its secure adjustable chin fixture means that its doesn't fly off whilst wearing it and you have the option of flipping the brim up whilst paddling. This “floating hat” is made out of quick dry Nylon Taslan which is UPF 50+ and there is removable neck protection that stores in the hat whilst you’re not using it. Coming in 2 different colourways (Black and Camo) and in sizes L-XL, it ticks the boxes for style and gets a gold star for function.

 Dakine Indo Surf Hat-black

10) Dakine Bum Bags & Waist Packs

Be bang on-trend with one of our Dakine bum bags….otherwise known as The Fanny-Pack. Not only are these convenient for storing your bits and bobs (phone, keys, wallet) but they look da-bomb too. Coming in a range of different designs, colours and fun prints, you will have the pleasure of wearing it around your waist and having your hands freeeeeeeeeeee. These low profile hip packs are ideal for festivals, (messy) nights out, biking, hiking and general fun holiday activities. Zipped compartments for security and an adjustable waistband, the Dakine bum bags are practical yet cool.    

Dakine Bum Bags/ Waist Packs

Happy Holidays!!!