Surfing Apparel & Accessories Market Size, Share & Trends Report

Surfing Apparel & Accessories Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Product (Surf Apparel, Surf Accessories), By Distribution Channel (Offline, Online), By Region, And Segment Forecasts, 2020 - 2027

  • Published Date: May, 2020
  • Base Year for Estimate: 2019
  • Report ID: GVR-4-68038-229-7
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)
  • Historical Data: 2016 - 2018
  • Number of Pages: 80

Report Overview

The global surfing apparel and accessories market size was valued at USD 1.04 billion in 2019 and is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.3% from 2020 to 2027. Significant increase in the market growth is attributed to growing interest in surfing among adventure enthusiasts globally. In addition, supportive initiatives by surfing associations and equipment and accessories makers to promote surfing as a much more approachable sport by rolling out several public surfing facilities and artificial reefs will further enhance the market growth.

U.S. surfing apparel & accessories market size

For instance, in October 2018, Surf Lake, an Australia-based wave pool company, launched a full-scale prototype in Queensland. This wave pool makes use of central wave machine to artificially produce multiple waves of varying length, difficulty, and size simultaneously around a specially designed lake.

Increase in the number of surf schools, growing trend of surfwear and surf-inspired clothing, and acceptance of surfing as a trendy and lifestyle sport among all the age groups are among the prominent reasons expected to drive the market for surfing apparel and accessories during the forecast period. Moreover, renowned surfing associations including National Scholastic Surfing Association, International Surfing Association, and European Surfing Federation have been continuously working towards enhancing the visibility of surfing through annual and seasonal competitions, promotional events, and educational programs designed to pique new surfers’ interest.

Lately, increasing technological innovations to develop several artificial surf pool concepts have been proliferating surfing as a sport. This has enhanced the accessibility and affordability of surfing as a sport among people and attracted a significant number of sports enthusiasts from various demographic clusters beyond just the younger generation. This has encouraged many artificial wave companies, such as Murphy's Waves, American Wave Machines, CityWave, Kelly Slater Wave Company, and Wavegarden, to design man-made surf pools, surf machines, and surf parks.

Although demand for surf apparel and accessories has been growing, the industry witnesses fluctuations in demand, which are mainly driven by seasonality of the sport and changing fashion trends among consumers. Besides, other major factors influencing the demand for surfwear or apparel are consumer economic conditions, demographics, and levels of disposable income.

Product Insights

Surf apparel accounted for the largest share of 77.3% in 2019 and is expected to maintain its lead over the forecast period. Prominent manufacturers in the surfing apparel and accessories market including Quiksilver, Channel Islands Surfboards, Firewire Surfboards, and Billabong International Limited have been focusing on the production of innovative materials and technical fabrics to design trendy and high-performing surfwear or apparel, which has positively impacted the market growth. For instance, Billabong offers thermal solar panel enabled wetsuits, which utilize the sun's energy to heat water. The front and back panels of the apparel are especially designed to keep the body warm during winters. This technology is claimed to be 30% warmer than most of the nylon covered neoprene based suits.

Manufacturers of surf apparel and accessories have been opting for innovative strategies to develop eco-friendly outdoor clothing, which do not have any negative impact on the environment and support the idea of sustainable development. For instance, Finisterre, a U.K.-based company focuses on designing re-cycling clothing and apparel, such as new wetsuits from old wetsuits, wrist warmers from old jerseys, and surfing backpacks, which are designed from leftover factory scraps. In November 2019, the company collaborated with both Innovate UK’s Knowledge Transfer Partnership and the University of Exeter to design wetsuit techniques that would save close to 380 tons of discarded wetsuits sent to landfill every year in the U.K.

Surf accessories are expected to expand at the fastest CAGR of 5.7% from 2020 to 2027. Increasing demand for accessories, such as wetsuit booties and reef socks, among professional surfing enthusiasts has been driving the segment. These accessories are designed to keep the toes warm as well as protect the feet from sharp rocks, reefs or sea urchins during the surfing expedition.

Distribution Channel Insights

Offline distribution channel accounted for a leading share of 84.7% in terms of revenue in 2019. Key players in the market for surfing apparel and accessories including Walmart, Target, and SPAR have been increasing their store location across the lucrative markets, including Germany, U.K. China, India, and the U.S., to expand their customer care. A considerable amount of consumers prefer to purchase surf apparel and accessories while shopping for surfing equipment. As these products are highly-priced, consumers mainly opt to physically verify the quality and durability of these apparel and accessories in the stores.

In addition, most of the offline stores including hypermarkets, supermarkets, and departmental stores are intentionally set up at the center of the cities and other crowded locations to draw the attention of a large number of consumers. These factors are among the key reasons for enhancing the sales of surf apparel and accessories through offline channels.

Global surfing apparel & accessories market share

Online distribution channel is projected to expand at the fastest CAGR of 5.9% from 2020 to 2027. Online purchasing of surf apparel and accessories has been gaining traction among consumers owing to various factors, such as free product delivery, easy payment method, after-sale customer service, and hassle-free return policies offered by e-retailers. Online retailers offer a wide range of surfing apparel and accessories with special pricing and great discounts seasonally offered, which is a key factor enhancing the segment growth.

In addition, online vendors offer a facility to the consumers to review comments posted by the other consumers, which help them to decisively opt for quality clothing and accessories before finalizing their purchase. Moreover, established online sales channels, such as Amazon and, offer a great sales platform to the small and medium manufacturers to promote their surf accessories and clothing worldwide without the need for an actual distributor in a specific region.

Regional Insights

North America emerged as the largest regional market for surfing apparel and accessories and accounted for a share of 47.3% in 2019. Presence of established manufacturers of surf accessories and clothing, such as O'Neill, Hurley International, Roxy, and Volcom LLC, coupled with predominating presence of a well-established water sports/surfing infrastructure in the region, is a major factor driving the market for surfing apparel and accessories. Moreover, growing popularity of surf camps and schools, such as Paskowitz surf camp, Corey’s Wave, and Billabong surf school, in the region has attracted a large number of surfing enthusiasts. These institutes offer instructor based teaching sessions, which are designed for people of all ages, stressing on surf etiquette and safety.

Asia Pacific is anticipated to be the fastest-growing market for surfing apparel and accessories with a CAGR of 6.0% from 2020 to 2027 as a result of changing consumer viewpoint towards adventure water sports. Expanding geographical presence of major manufacturers, such as Rip Curl and Quiksilver, in South East Asia, intensifying surfing camps, and expansion of online retailing for surfing accessories and apparels are other factors contributing to the growth of the surfing apparel and accessories industry in Asia Pacific.

Key Companies & Market Share Insights

The global market is fragmented due to the presence of a large number of regional players. Major manufacturers of surf apparel and accessories are adopting various market strategies, including expansion of distribution channels and introduction of an innovative product line, in order to capture the maximum market share and expand their customer base across the globe. For instance, in July 2019, Billabong, an Australia-based company announced the launch of graphene-enhanced surfing apparel named Furnace Graphene inspired by surf and skateboarding culture for both men and women. The apparel is intelligently designed where graphene wrapped yarns trap and retain heat more efficiently, offering warmth to the wearer. Some of the prominent players in the surfing apparel and accessories market include:

  • Quicksilver

  • Billabong International

  • Hurley

  • O'Neill

  • RVCA

  • Volcom

  • Globe International

  • Reef Sports

  • Roxy

  • Ripcurl

  • Oakley

Surfing Apparel and Accessories Market Report Scope

Report Attribute


Market size value in 2020

USD 1.07 billion

Revenue forecast in 2027

USD 1.56 billion

Growth Rate

CAGR of 5.3% from 2020 to 2027

Base year for estimation


Historical data

2016 - 2018

Forecast period

2020 - 2027

Quantitative units

Revenue in USD million/billion and CAGR from 2020 to 2027

Report coverage

Revenue forecast, company ranking, competitive landscape, growth factors, and trends

Segments covered

Product, distribution channel, and region

Regional scope

North America; Europe, Asia Pacific, Central & South America: and MEA

Country scope

U.S.; U.K.; France; Spain; Australia; New Zealand; Brazil

Key companies profiled

Quicksilver; Billabong International; Hurley; O'Neill; RVCA; Volcom; Globe International; Reef Sports; Roxy; Ripcurl; and Oakley

Customization scope

Free report customization (equivalent up to 8 analysts working days) with purchase. Addition or alteration to country, regional & segment scope.

Pricing and purchase options

Avail customized purchase options to meet your exact research needs. Explore purchase options

Segments Covered in the Report

This report forecasts revenue growth at the global, regional, and country levels and provides an analysis of the latest industry trends and opportunities in each of the sub-segments from 2016 to 2027. For the purpose of this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global surfing apparel and accessories market report on the basis of product, distribution channel, and region:

  • Product Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2016 - 2027)

    • Surf Apparel

    • Surf Accessories

  • Distribution Channel Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2016 - 2027)

    • Offline

    • Online

  • Regional Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2016 - 2027)

    • North America

      • The U.S.

    • Europe

      • The U.K.

      • France

      • Spain

    • Asia Pacific

      • Australia

      • New Zealand

    • Central & South America

      • Brazil

    • Middle East & Africa

Frequently Asked Questions About This Report

gvr icn


gvr icn

This FREE sample includes market data points, ranging from trend analyses to market estimates & forecasts. See for yourself...

gvr icn


We can customize every report - free of charge - including purchasing stand-alone sections or country-level reports, as well as offer affordable discounts for start-ups & universities.

Contact us now to get our best pricing.

BBB icon D&B icon

We are GDPR and CCPA compliant! Your transaction & personal information is safe and secure.