Surfing Sunglasses

LiP Sunglasses was born out of a passion for riding waves – it’s so central to our ethos that it’s our namesake. Hitting the LiP and carving beautiful tracks down the line is as fundamental as life itself.

As with many other watersports, there are challenges to overcome to get the most out of the surf. We’re often busting the surf gear out of the van just as the sun emerges on the horizon. First light is the best time to catch the cleanest waves, often with light offshore winds and no crowds. But at this time of day, the glare from the sun can be blinding and can ruin an otherwise epic session. The only solution we know to handle this glare is to wear polarized surf sunglasses.

However, using surfing sunglasses is not without its own unique set of challenges. Getting out back and taking your place in the line-up requires a series of duckdives or turtle rolls. The power of the waves would send regular sunglasses to the ocean floor in a flash during these manoeuvres.

Surfing Eyewear

Surfing Glasses Designed for Surfers

And then there are the hazards. Ever-present UV radiation, a barrage of sea-spray, lens fogging and water spotting on the lenses all need to be considered.

Without clear vision there is also a risk of collision and you could do yourself, or someone else, an injury. Without protection against UV rays, reflected glare and sea-spray you’re setting yourself up for some eyeburn and possibly lasting eye damage in the form of pterygium (aka Surfer’s Eye) or other eye conditions.

Just as importantly, you are unlikely to perform at your best if you’re struggling to see clearly. These problems are all solved with high-quality specialised sunglasses for surfing.

Why suffer from eye fatigue if you don’t need to? Part of the fun of surfing is actually enjoying surfing. It’s hard to find enjoyment when your eyes are stinging. We know that pain. We’ve experienced red-eye for days after long sessions without surf eyewear.

LiP Sunglasses has engineered surf eyewear that stands up to all these challenges: Our water sport sunglasses, Flo, Typhoon and Surge are the solutions you’ve been looking for.

Our state of the art polarized surf sunglasses cut out 100% of UVA and B radiation and 99% of blinding glare. Hydrophobic and oleophobic lens coatings on both inner and outer lens surfaces keep your vision clear despite an onslaught of spray. A failsafe leash system will keep your surfing glasses tethered to you at all times, no matter how big the wipeout or how many duckdives you do.

Our watershades are also built to last with unbreakable ‘shape-memory’ TR90 frames that incorporate a patented venting system to counteract lens fogging. The Typhoon and Surge frames also incorporate soft TPU padding. This rubber padding acts like a fender to dampen any impact force and also serves as a comfortable interface between the face and the frame – which is great for extended sessions in the water.

When you can see better, you can play harder. With our sunglasses for surfing, you’ll have specially designed eye protection to keep you surfing until the sun disappears over the horizon.

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Which Surfing Sunglasses Are Best for You?

You know your sport best – and the conditions you like to surf in. Whether it’s serene longboard sessions at sunset or overhead barrelling sets at full tide that give you a thrill, we’ve got the surf glasses to fulfil your needs.

There are 3 watershades to choose from: Flo, Typhoon, and Surge, and each of these models comes with a wide selection of lens options.

If you’re into surfing or surf foiling in gentle waves, our Flo surf glasses are a practical and lightweight solution. The Flo is our floating model that will sit on the surface ready to be retrieved if they happen to get knocked off in a bail or wipeout. Although the Flo does not come with a leash system, a simple retainer can easily be added for extra security.

The Typhoon and Surge watershades are designed for bigger conditions where riptides, whitewater and currents demand a more resilient solution. Both the Typhoon and Surge incorporate a 100% guaranteed failsafe leash and retainer system, so even if they do get knocked off in an epic wipeout, you’re not going to watch your investment sink. Designed initially as windsurfing glasses, the Typhoon or Surge are both ideally suited to surfing.

We’ve teamed up with world-class lens manufacturers to bring you surfing sunglasses that are fit for purpose. The Surge and Typhoon lenses incorporate a patented venting system to counteract any fogging that may develop, and a few of our lenses incorporate an additional anti-fog coating. All watershades have hydrophobic and oleophobic coatings (water repellent and dirt repellent) – meaning that water beads up and falls away leaving your vision clear to read the water or spot someone about to drop in on you.

Get the Edge on Your Competition With our Surf Eyewear

Surf glasses needs to be robust and built to withstand extreme forces and the harsh ocean environment. Our watershades all meet this essential standard – which is why we can offer a market-leading 3-years warranty.

We passionately believe that our eyes demand the utmost care and deserve nothing less than the best protection. Looking good on the waves shouldn’t mean sacrificing our eye health. With our surfing eyewear, you can look awesome, protect your eyes, be hazard aware and be the first to notice and position yourself for an approaching set.

We want to help you pick the perfect pair, so we have put together a summary of all of the essential considerations to make the wisest choice, including a lens tint guide, a guide on lens materials and their qualities and a guide on the visible light transmission rates for all of our lenses.

We’re confident you’ll be impressed by the design and functionality of our watershades. You may have tried other sunglasses for surfing and thought “these are not helping and are a waste of money”. However, our surfing sunglasses are a game changer – a winning combo that’ll have you unleashing your full potential on the waves. Not only are they functional and robust, they’re stylish too.

Head to the product page and have a look for yourself. Grab your pair of pro surfer glasses today. Set your sights higher and give yourself the best chance of nailing that barrel. Not only for surfing, our watershades are also perfect as fishing sunglasses, wakeboarding, or even sailing glasses.
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Avoid Common Problems with LiP Surf Sunglasses

Some surfers often don’t wear sunglasses at all. Despite being at higher risk for nasty eye problems, the trouble of getting a decent pair of glasses that work and look great makes it seem like more hassle than it’s worth. Or, they might opt for regular sunshades that don’t offer the level of protection needed when out in the blinding sun.

But getting a pair of surf sunglasses that do it all is easier than ever with the LiP water shades range!

There are 3 top problems surfers mention when asked about their lack of protective eyewear when out on the waves. How easily damaged most sunglasses are; how easy they are to lose; and how unappealing they look.

But real, effective surf sunglasses, like the LiP Surge and Typhoon products, are designed with these issues in mind! The lenses and frames are built for an unexpected wave or two crashing into your board. They won’t scratch easily, so there’s no loss of vision after one or two sessions on the waves. The polycarbonate frames are unreactive in salt water – so no rust either.

The Typhoon and Surge surf sunglasses models come with a no-loss leash system, ensuring that your sunglasses stay right where they are supposed to! When you spend hours of your time out on the water, investing in a premium product right off the bat means less wastage and less expense over time.

LiP sunglasses give your eyes the protection they need and are built to withstand the real experience of epic waves. And their sleek frames, with the perfect fit that’s right for you, give these sunglasses an iconic, stylish look too.
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Avoid surfer's eye with LiP Surf Sunglasses

We've got your eyes covered

Many surfers choose not to wear surf sunglasses, despite the known risks to eye health. We understand the reasons. All it takes is a disappointing experience trying something that either breaks or which demands an excessive amount of management, or worse still, losing a newly invested pair to the ocean. 

Reticence to wear surf sunglasses can also be due to strange looks from other surfers who take exception to the presence of someone in the line-up looking like an alien.  No-one wants to be ‘that guy’ distracting everyone. 

Finding a solution which solves all of these issues need not be that hard, and your eyes will thank you for it. The Surge and Typhoon watershades are appealing to the eye, are impossible to lose and are fit for purpose being designed by surfers – for surfers. 

Everything in our surf sunglasses has been carefully thought through. Our surfing eyewear gives your eyes the solid protection they demand and are built to withstand the powerful forces of the ocean – whether you are in the water, under the water or on top of the water. 

Maybe it’s time to be that ‘other guy’ in the line-up who has done their research on surf eyewear and is leading the revolution?

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Buy Your Floater Sunglasses from the Experienced Professionals at LiP Sunglasses

Our floatable surfing sunglasses are a true testament to ingenuity, liberating surfers to immerse themselves in their passion fully in the knowledge that their eyes are being looked after 100% of the time. Sunglasses that float and which do not come equipped with a tethering system are generally suited to light swell and easy surfing conditions because they are easy to locate and pick out of the water if you take a tumble. For bigger conditions and especially if you are duck-diving and if there’s a lot of white water, you’ll need to tether up with either our Typhoon or Surge model, both of which incorporate our tried and tested leash system.

Since our inception, LiP Sunglasses has fostered a reputation as one of the leading brands forging forwards in the watersports eyewear market. The marine environment is a difficult space to occupy – there are many physical challenges. It is unfathomably deep, corrosive and dangerous.  Our design team approach every aspect of product design with a view to meeting these challenges head-on and delivering solutions which enhance our daily experiences on the water.

When you choose us for your sunglasses that float, you can rest assured that you are buying from a focused and dedicated crew of watermen and waterwomen who are specialists in their craft. With our effective and durable sunglasses that float, you can protect your eyes from the damaging effects of UV radiation and continue to enjoy your surfing escapades for many years to come.

Enjoy Our Quality-Assurance Warranty on Our Floater Sunglasses

Every product we sell, including our floater sunglasses, has to pass the same high standards of quality-assurance that have enabled us to meet and exceed the expectations of all our customers for over a decade. Our team work with only the very best quality materials and equipment, ensuring that each and every item we produce is up to the mark.

In fact, we are so confident in the quality and longevity of all our products that we offer a 3-year warranty on all our watershades. And if for whatever reason you discover that the glasses you’ve ordered are not quite the right fit for you, you’ll have 30 days to return them for a refund.

Model / Functions Typhoon Surge Flo
UVA/B Protection Yes Yes Yes
Polarised Lenses? Yes Yes Some
Hydrophobic Coating? Yes Yes Yes
Oleophobic Coating? Yes Yes Yes
Hard Coating? Yes Yes Yes
Retention Leash? Yes Yes No
Floating Frame? No No Yes
Anti-fog Venting? Yes Yes No

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