For multi-talented surfer, chef, entrepreneur, and Siargao’s overall cool guy Gianni Grifoni, there are things that, non-negotiably, he lugs with him whenever he travels. And travels usually means surf trips, so if you are a budding surfer or one who’s already into the game, take inspiration from the guy for your own future trips.
Gianni’s custom-made Firewire Lemon Butter surfboard is designed by world-renowned surfer Rob Machado. Also, Firewire is the only surfboard manufacturer in the world that got an ECOBOARD certification, which could very well be the reason why Gianni strongly supports its product given that he’s a conservation expert and environmental advocate himself.
BUY on Firewiresurfboards.com or purchase locally via Blackmarketph.com
Volcom board short
Board shorts can make or break a surf session that is why it is important to choose a brand with performance in mind. For Gianni, Volcom fits the bill because its board shorts are water repellent and made to move with a surfer with its four-way stretch complete Stoney cinch fly technology, a continuous drawcord around the wait that allows for a larger range of adjusting and flexibility.
BUY on Volcom.com
Gwapitos string bag, shirt, and cap
Gianni’s own apparel brand has also been making waves in the surfing community. The Gwapitos brand is made of local materials, which is Gianni’s way of supporting the local industry. Inspired by surfing and island lifestyle, Gwapitos’ merch is the perfect outfit for your next adventure or beach trip.
BUY on Gwapitos.com
Vans bag and shoes
Vans is is Gianni’s favorite brand for footwear and carry-on backpack because it merges comfort, traction, utility, and style.
BUY on Vans.com or at Ground floor level, Glorietta 3, Ayala Center, Makati City
iPod and iPhone
Gianni likes to have a separate device for music that’s why he doesn’t store songs on his iPhone. The audiophile in Gianni loves the iPod for its excellent sound output and it remains his favorite for a quick music fix. For capturing moments and staying connected during his surf trips, Gianni relies on his iPhone.
BUY on Apple.com or at 2nd floor, Greenbelt 3, Ayala Center, Makati City
To up his soundtrip experience, Gianni prefers the Marshall brand. Aside from its noise-cancelling feature, it also offers the best in audio with its “robust sound that balances clarity with just the right amount of bass.” More importantly, it provides up to 20 hours of wireless playtime, which is perfect for long journeys.
BUY on: Marshallheadphones.com
Wawai’s Organics is Gianni’s brand of choice for sunblock to ward off the harsh sunlight. An added bonus of the product is that it’s chemical-free.
BUY on Facebook.com/wawaisph/
For sunnies, it’s Fin by Beachshack Inc, a lifestyle company known for producing apparel and cosmetics that strongly promote the merry, laid-back beach culture.
BUY on Quiver.com.ph
Photos by Daniel Soriano