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The Coolest Pieces of Gear We Tested This Week

"Far too often, guys overlook the value of sunscreen. Whether that means using a cheap tube of sunscreen that is filled with harmful chemicals or simply foregoing the sunscreen altogether, men tend to have a poor track record of protecting their skin from the sun’s harmful rays. But for guys looking to take better care of their skin, Amavara is the sunscreen they’ve been looking for.

This product uses natural ingredients, eco-conscious packaging, and most importantly––is reef-safe. The only active ingredient is naturally-sourced zinc oxide, a mineral that is both safe for your family and the environment. We were impressed with how long Amavara’s sun protection lasted, with even longer surf sessions not resulting in sunburns. This sunscreen felt light and natural on our skin, without that unwanted chalky finish. A win-win in our book."

––Chris Wellhausen

World’s Toughest Race: Eco-Challenge Fiji

66 teams descend upon Fiji to compete in the most epic global adventure race ever attempted. Bear Grylls hosts this 11-day expedition that pushes competitors to their physical and emotional limits. For the veteran teams the goal is to win – but for most, the dream is to finish and prove to themselves and the world, that they can prevail in the World’s Toughest Race.

Everything You Need To Know About Reef-Safe Sunscreens — Plus The Best Ones To Buy

It shouldn't be news to you that wearing sunscreen every day is really important. But what might be news to you is that certain chemicals in sunscreen contribute to the pollution that is, in large part, responsible for killing the world’s coral reefs. The best reef-safe sunscreens are free of the chemicals that are most toxic to coral reefs and other marine life, but they don’t sacrifice things like staying power, comfort, and, most importantly, ample sun protection.

This Amavara sunscreen stick entirely removes the hassle of applying and reapplying face sunscreen: Just rub it all over your face and move on with your life. Beyond its convenient design, reviewers like that the zinc-based formula doesn’t cause breakouts or itchiness in sensitive skin, feels lightweight and non-greasy, and works well under makeup (you can even use it as a primer.) Surfers, swimmers, and sweaty people alike confirm that this stick retains its sun-protective powers for its promised 80 minutes.

My Quest For The Best Skin Protection For Surfing. Period.

Amavara is a brand that I hadn’t heard of until recently when shopping for new sunscreens at Mitch’s surf shop in Solana Beach. The young guy working recommended it to me, and I was impressed by the 19% zinc oxide in the 30 SPF formula so I decided to give it a try. The website states that you don’t have a to use a lot, but I still cake it on pretty good. It leaves a bit of a white sheen since I use a lot (I am not taking any chances) but I personally want to be able to see it on my face when I’m surfing.