Skateboards don't need outlandish graphics or big logos to be cool. Take District Skateboards ($120-$215) for example. Handmade in downtown L.A., each of their boards features a custom shape that's been tested and honed by the craftsmen themselves, is made using the most eco-friendly processes available, and boasts a handmade reclaimed barn wood veneer and maple core. Just don't order one to act as a cool display piece for your living space — as the company founders say, they're made for riding.
Protect your board and the environment at the same time with Rareform Surfboard Bags ($120-$175). Crafted from upcycled vinyl, each bag is unique, with features like UV-, heat-, water-, and mildew-resistant tarpaulin, a handy top zipper, a quarter inch of foam padding, a mesh interior pocket for small gear, and a 600D polyester nose protector. It also offers a removable shoulder strap, so whether you'd riding, walking, or driving, it's easy to transport to and from the shore.
We like products that solve problems — and the Soccket Energy-Harnessing Soccer Ball solves more than just one. Made from a custom, durable, deflation-proof, and waterproof EVA foam, this plaything actually houses an internal mechanism that takes the kinetic energy from movement and stores it in a battery, which can be used to drive an included single-bulb LED lamp for over three days. In addition to giving you a new gadget and possibly encouraging you to go outside and move about to use it — both good things — purchasing one will also help the company to hire more people, purchase more tools and equipment, automate parts of the assembly process, and expand our manufacturing facility so they can deliver more of the balls to people without light. [Scouted by Alex]