Review: Surf Lock

You know the feeling. You drive to the beach, pull up in the car park and dash out to get a better look at the waves. It’s worth hitting it, so you get your gear ready, limber up and then comes that dreaded moment… hiding the car keys. Some of you may have older vehicles and stick your key in your leggie or keep it in your wetsuit pocket but many of us with electronic keys (or who don’t want them to rust) face the dilemma. Most of us choose the back tyre, exhaust or somewhere else to hide the keys and some even try to wedge them into rocks or walls, thinking their spot is a bit more secretive. Trust me, if those loser car thieves are watching you, you won’t know it – and if they want your ride, they’ll have it. So what can we do to make the whole car at the beach experience a lot less stressful?

  1. Don’t drive – take public transport or walk. Let’s face it, until oil prices make it impossible we will continue our search for surf in our trusty greenhouse gas-emitting metal boxes.
  2. Grab a lift with a mate so it’s not your car. Also better for the environment.
  3. Protect your keys. And this is where the Surf Lock comes into play.


The Surf Lock is a robust padlock with a large compartment for storing a key or other valuables. It is accessed by entering your combination, similar to a bicycle lock. The correct combination not only unlocks the device but also allows you to pop open the storage compartment.

I loved the sturdy design of the surf lock and the easy instruction guide. You can pretty much set your personal combination, whack in your key and be out in the water in 30 seconds. Just don’t forget that combination.

I use the Surf Lock for much more than just car park protection. When I go surfing in front of my house I use the Surf Lock to secure my keys to the railing outside my door – so much safer than hiding the key under the mat or above the doorframe. It’s also great if you want to give a few people access to a set of keys. For example, a group of us went snowboarding and I simply locked the keys to the car, allowing anyone – well anyone who knows the combination – to get in and out whenever they wanted. Maybe think about a combo that’s not your bank PIN if you don’t trust your mates.

Fact File
• Surf Lock is durable and strong
• 10,000 possible combinations keep you safe
• Comes with a handy key ring clip so you can quickly unclip your key and put it in the lock
• Comes with a great rubber ‘All Weather Jacket’  protector – perfect for rainy days or those of you living in the UK
• Fits pretty much all keys
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**** Excellent
f it keeps my blue beast where I left it that’s as good as a surf trip with waves

  1. Hey guys, Love your article, thanks heaps, you put it together really well. I wasn't aware of your review on my product, this was forwarded by a friend. Love your work – keep it up Neal.

  2. iv just bought this board off a friend and i love it i have a 5'11" and it flighs and is so loose its spot on and i shred on it best stick iv bought fun times with stretch!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. This “Surf Lock” product is bullshit . I’ve been using it and this morning my car was stolen. Load of rubbish!

    “Take security seriously with Surf Lock and don’t be left watching from your surfboard as someone drives off in your car!” oh k did that now what?

    “Security,convenience,peace of mind” yeah right

    1. Hey Bruce,

      That sucks that your car was stolen, fucking bullshit. Surf lock is a pretty heavy duty little padlock but I guess if someone is set on stealing your vehicle and has the right equipment (e. g. boltcutters or similar) then they’re going to do it. I can see by your email address that you’re in South Africa where criminals basically get through electric fences, laser beams, packs of German Shepherds and solid steel gates to rob houses. I guess the situation there is a bit different. In Australia I’ve heard no complaints thus far but do appreciate your feedback and will pass this on to the manufacturer. Sorry again to hear about the incident.


  4. Great product, i use it all the time while surfing for hours and knock on wood nobody has broken in yet. I usually hide it somewhere under the car near the chasis so its not visible. Keep up the good work and shred on!

  5. Well Australia is no different from any other place because a Isuzu Mu-x Wagon of Darcy Richardson’s was stolen from Murphy’s Road, KINGSCLIFFE NSW Sunday morning at 8 40am July 28th 2019 & he states he put the surf lock on & lost wedding ring, wallet, battery chargers, camera gear, credit cards used plus camping gear & a myriad of other stuff.
    It was found 4 days later at Nerang, in Queensland so wonders never cease.
    Darcy should get a medal for being the unluckiest dog in the Kennel because this is the THIRD time it’s happened to him, but luckily he had insurance.
    Go figure!

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