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The Original St. Christopher Surf Medal
Saint Christopher is widely known as the patron saint of travelers, but he also oversees bachelors, fruit dealers, epileptics and surfers as well.
Apparently, he started watching over surfers back in the 1960s when their girlfriends gave them the enameled medals to guarantee a safe return from a day on the waves. The vintage medals now go for hundreds on eBay, vintage stores and places like RRL. But you can still get the original for as little as $16 (other options can go as high as $50).
I first heard about them a few years ago when I was on vacation in Hawaii with my ex. We stumbled across them in a little surf shop on Maui and bought one for each other. When we returned home, my ex surprised me by having my medal engraved on the back. It reads "always return," and I still wear it to this day.