Best Waterproof Shockproof Digital Camera

Last summer we went to Fiji for a little surf, sun, and honeymooning and put in some serious time researching and figuring out the best waterproof shockproof digital camera we were going to get to take with us on our trip halfway across the world. Our budget was between $200-300 and we hoped to find a sweet digital camera that was waterproof, shockproof, freeze proof, and took great pictures underwater and on land (who needs two cameras, right?) Plus we spend most of our free time in the water anyway so why not have a digital camera that’s waterproof.

After a lot of searching we narrowed it down to the below six options. We ended up going with the Panasonic Lumix, but still think the other waterproof shockproof digital cameras in this list are serious contenders. Remember, you get what you pay for so spend wisely and DO YOUR HOMEWORK. We hope the below reviews can help you sort through the chaos and narrow your choices down to only the best waterproof shockproof digital camera contenders.

CameraCamera NameRatingCostNotes
Olympus TG-620 Tough iHS Waterproof Digital Camera (Blue) with Case and Float Strap ★ ★ ★ ★ $149.99Bestseller in Underwater Photography on Amazon.
Panasonic Lumix TS4 12.1 TOUGH Waterproof Digital Camera with 4.6x Optical Zoom (Orange) ★ ★ ★ $294Voted best rugged, waterproof camera of 2012 by Gizmodo.
Nikon COOLPIX AW100 16 MP CMOS Waterproof Digital Camera with GPS and Full HD 1080p Video (Camouflage) Nikon COOLPIX AW100 16 MP CMOS Waterproof Digital Camera with GPS and Full HD 1080p Video (Camouflage)Nikon COOLPIX AW100 16 MP CMOS Waterproof Digital Camera with GPS and Full HD 1080p Video (Camouflage) ★ ★ ★ ★ $279.99Works well in low lighting situations.
Fujifilm FinePix XP60 16 MP Digital Camera with 2.7-Inch LCD (Yellow) ★ ★ ★ ★ $177Great value for price point.
Canon PowerShot D20 12.1 MP CMOS Waterproof Digital Camera with 5x Image Stabilized Zoom 28mm Wide-Angle Lens a 3.0-Inch LCD and GPS Tracking (Blue) ★ ★ ★ ★ $295Full HD video capabilities, optical image stabilization.
Kodak Easyshare Sport Waterproof Camera ★ ★ ★$94.25Decent camera for the price, but there are better options if you're willing to spend a little more.

If you see a camera that is waterproof and shockproof that you think rocks and is not on our list, let us know and we’ll get right on it. These digital waterproof cameras are great whether you are stand up paddle boarding, surfing, swimming, kayaking, snorkeling, or scuba diving. Plus they are a ton of fun and the pictures they take are of high quality and look great. We love taking pictures here at SUP Surf Blog and look for a gallery of photos we’ve taken out on the water coming soon!

Review: Athleta Breeze Short

A Review on the Women’s Athleta Breeze Short.

Athleta Breeze Short

Summer has arrived and that means sun, warm water, and shedding our winter wetsuits  - yay! There’s nothing I love more than paddling without a wetsuit on. You feel so free!

When I first got my SUP stand up paddleboard I realized I wasn’t IN the water as much (more like ‘on the water’) so I didn’t need a wetsuit. Instead I wore boardshorts and a rashguard. Well, boardshorts for surfing are different than boardshorts for SUP stand up paddleboarding. When I wear boardshorts for surfing, I want them to be longer so they protect my thighs from chafage after sitting on the board for too long. Yeah, it’s not cute or feminine but it’s way better than a huge red rash in between your legs! But I quickly realized that boardshorts for stand up paddleboarding are totally different. They can be cute and short because you aren’t sitting with a board between your legs – you’re standing on it. I immediately began my quest to find some cute boardshorts to wear for SUPping. My friend and fellow supper, Xtine, had these Athleta Breeze shorts and I wanted to give them a try. She bought them in every color so I figured they had to be good. I bought a pair online and gave them a whirl. They are really comfortable and good for bending and being active. They are made with a featherweight stretch material and also have quick and fast drying capabilities. I think they would be a great pair of shorts for any type of water use – swimming, boating, SUP. and surf (if you like a shorter short).

The one thing I didn’t like about these shorts is the metal clasp. It doesn’t lay flat with the drawstring tie waist so it ends up creating a small bulge at the waistline. But it doesn’t bother me enough to do anything about it – but I did want to point it out for the sake of this review.

Athleta makes several different types of boardshorts for women and so far I have found the Breeze Short to be my favorite. It comes in several different colors too so you can always look stylish. They come in black, tan, turquoise (pictured above), earth green, red, and purple.

I’m glad I discovered these shorts just in time for summer so I can ditch my longer shorts when I go SUP paddling and put on a pair of short shorts and go stand up paddleboarding.

For more information on the Athleta Breeze Short, visit Athleta’s website by clicking here.

Do you have a pair of boardshorts that you LOVE to paddleboard or surf in? Post in the comments and let us know!