Surffur – The Original Water Parka

by Bruckner Chaser, Swimming & Ocean Sports Editor


Don’t let the name dissuade you…Surffur has created the ultimate Endurancefur if you just stepped out of the ocean or off the trail in any cool, cold, wet or snowy climate. Whether you want to get covered up and change by the car, hang out trading workout stories, or wrap up to get warm and head home, the Surffur Original Water Parka {MSRP $149} has you covered.

The traditional swim parkas have been showing up more and more on endurance and obstacle course athletes whether or not water is in their race or training plan, and this versatile piece of clothing is an obvious go to when the elements are mild to raw. The most noticeable and comfortable feature of the Surffur parka is the soft, fleece exterior as opposed to the more traditional nylon shell of similar jackets. This comfortable feature does not compromise the parka’s amazing ability to be fully wind-proof and waterproof while still being breathable. The fabric is a bonded polyester fleece that is only one layer which helps the jacket stay lightweight and compact when stuffing it into a training bag or suitcase. The breathability of the fabric makes the jacket useful across an incredibly wide range of temperatures whether you are facing 20 mph winds coming off the ocean as you check the surf at the Jersey Shore, or a chilly rain as you load your bike after a trail ride in the Poconos.

Our water guy staying warm as he tests out the Surffur.

Beyond Surffur’s fabric choice the Original Water Parka is loaded with other features that include hidden slit pockets that let your hands access the interior for quick clothing changes. To keep the elements out there is a built-in neck warmer, and to keep items secure while scrambling to change there is an inner Velcro pocket for a phone or wallet. Rather than a front zipper, the parka uses snaps which also seems easier to use and adjust with cold hands than even double pull zippers.

Surffur’s mission is to create the most innovative and versatile clothing with a commitment to keeping their customers warm and dry as they pursue their passion and goals in the water or on land, and when that is combined with their vision of helping their customers enjoy the water under in conditions they have ended up creating a must have item for any endurance athlete that won’t let conditions dampen their passion for heading outside.

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Bruckner Chase is a triathlon and swim coach, ocean lifeguard trainer, endurance waterman and ocean advocate whose marine and community endeavors have taken him to waters around the world is places such as Australia, American Samoa, Denmark, Greece and Poland. He is a global ambassador for the Lifesaving World Championship 2018 organizing committee, and he is the Technical Director and Media Ambassador for the Red Bull Surf + Rescue Championships. Closer to his home in New Jersey he is a member of the Sea Girt Beach Patrol and the founder of the Ocean City Swim Club. He is a professional member of the US Lifeguard Association, the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Swim Coaches Association.

Bruckner’s athletic career spans the most challenging events on water and land. He competed as a professional triathlete, and he continues to be an elite level competitor in every endurance sport he takes on. On the water Bruckner has completed multiple ultra-distance swims and paddles in some of the harshest conditions imaginable: a record setting no wetsuit swim in Alaska, a 22-mile swim of Lake Tahoe and historic swims between the islands of American Samoa. Bruckner competes in professional surf lifesaving sports across multiple aquatic disciplines. He is the fifth American in history to compete in the iconic Coolangatta Gold Surf Iron Man in Australia, and in 2016 he became the only American to finish the event three times and the first to earn a spot on the winner’s podium.

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