Whether you’re swimming, surfing, windsurfing, kayaking, or just recreational boogie-boarding, nothing beats a day on the water. As you unleash your power and conquer the waves, don’t forget that the beating sun and glare off the water’s surface can do a number on your eyes. Before you hit the beach, slip on a pair of water-ready sunglasses so you can focus on really showing the ocean who’s boss.

sunglasses for water sports

Featured style: Ripcord #2194

Key Qualities of Sunglasses for Water Sports:

  • Sunglasses with UV protection are key if you’re going to be spending time on the water.
  • Wrap around style sunglasses will provide you with the best protection for a long day in the sun. You can see all of our wrap around styles here.
  • Invest in a neck cord (like these) to prevent a huge wave from stealing your shades.

Lenses to Look For:

Amber Lenses

amber sunglass lenses for water sports

  • Keep vision sharp on partly cloudy days
  • Increase contrast
  • Help differentiate between blue skies and darker water

Shop Amber

Smoke Lenses

grey sunglass lenses for water sports

  • Provide clarity on bright days
  • Reduce overall brightness

Shop Smoke

Mirrored Lenses

mirrored sunglasses for water sports

  • Help block an additional 10-60 percent of visible light
  • Reduce brightness on sunny days

Shop Mirrored

Polarized Lenses

polarized sunglasses for hiking

  • Reduce glare from water and sand
  • Give you a wider scope of vision
  • Create more definition
  • Help you see across choppy water

Shop Polarized

For more on the benefits of different lenses, visit our Guide to Sunglass Tints.

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