Benefits of Coconut Oil for Big Wave Surfers

It’s surf season y’all! So naturally, big wave surfers can’t wait to compete with each other at the famed surf spot of Peahi, Hawaii or more commonly known as “Jaws.” And it befits such a formidable name, as waves formed here can get up 70 feet in height and reach speeds of up to 30 miles per hour!

If you’re a big wave surfer yourself, you must be excited to travel to Jaws on Maui. One tip from us: don’t forget to pack coconut oil! 

Yup, you read that right. Surfers can benefit from coconut oil. Want to know the benefits of coconut oil for big wave surfers? Check out how you can use coconut oil for your surfing lifestyle.

Wax remover

Maybe you’ve applied too much wax onto your board. Perhaps your surf wax got everywhere. Coconut oil is the remedy. Smear it onto the area and wipe it off with a warm washcloth.


Did you know that coconut oil has a natural SPF of 4? Meaning it can block 75% of UV radiation and will protect for around 30 minutes. It’s natural and free from harmful chemicals. Just make sure to reapply often.

Bug repellent

Mosquitoes love the humid climate of the tropics. So while you’re visiting Hawaii, avoid the bug repellents made from chemicals. Instead, go natural and mix coconut oil with essential oils as a natural insect repellent.


Just because you’ve been hitting the waves does not mean you forgo the showers. Still, for a quick body odor fix, coconut oil can help. It kills fungi, bacteria, and yeast that cause the stink.


Constant exposure to saltwater can dry out your skin, so to keep your skin well-moisturized, use coconut oil. First, rub and massage a small amount of the oil onto your skin, let it sit for at least 5 minutes, then wipe it off with a towel. 

Lip Balm

Don’t neglect your lips! Chapped lips hurt, and they don’t look good at all. So, apply a tiny amount of coconut oil onto your dry lips to keep them healthy.

Ear cleaner

Being underwater almost all the time can give your ears a beating. Water could clog your ear canals, or you might get the dreaded surfer’s ear. Luckily, coconut oil can help. Clean out an infected ear with a few drops of coconut oil to kill off the infection. 

Wound Salve

Accidents can happen sometimes. It comes with being a diehard surfer. But coconut oil can help speed up the healing process of the wounds you get. Plus, it prevents infection. 

Immune and energy booster

Keep your immune system up with the help of coconut oil. It contains acids (lauric, capric, and caprylic) that are antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal with immune-boosting properties. Plus, it can give you a quick energy boost without the high sugar.

Benefits of Coconut Oil for Big Wave Surfers - Island Essence

Next time you’re out on a surfing trip or heading to the nearby beach to get your practice in, don’t forget the coconut oil. And if you don’t have a bottle of this versatile natural oil yet, you can get a bottle of Island Essence Coconut Soothing Oil.

PS: to make sure you never run out, our coconut oil also has an eco refill available!