By Jody Wood
We are rapidly entering the holiday shopping season, which officially kicked off the Friday after Thanksgiving, and if you, or someone you know, is an avid longboarder or someone looking to get started, there’s no better place to shop than South Coast Longboards. Located at 5037 Newport Avenue, in Ocean Beach, just a half-block from the beach itself, the shop caters to stylists and soul surfers.
The shop has a wide variety of South Coast longboards, everything from old school single fins, to modern performance oriented 2+1 set-ups. Most of the boards there are shaped by San Diego native and longtime surfer/shaper Robin Prodanivich, who carved out his first board back in 1968. Robin’s professional shaping career began with nine years at Gordon and Smith, before he ventured out on his own. He’s been cranking out South Coast boards now for more than ten years and the variety of shapes available at the longboard store covers everyone from the beginner to the rippers and everything in between. Custom shapes are also available. Just talk to a member of the friendly staff if you are interested in having a board shaped specifically for you and they are happy to get the ball rolling.
Not only does South Coast Longboards carry a wide selection of its own brand, the staff keeps a steady supply of Stewarts, Gordon and Smith, and Donald Takayama boards on hand as well. Although the shop is geared toward longboards, it also has a good selection of G&S funboards and fish, as well as a rack full of used boards, leashes, wetsuits by O’neill, car racks, and all the other gear you need to complete your surfing setup.
And since you can’t wear your wetsuit all the time, they have plenty of clothing available to help avoid any indecent exposure type siutations. Quiksilver Edition, Old Guys Rule, and Honolua to name just a few brands, along with a good supply of South Coast t-shirts, sweatshirts, hoodies, and jackets. You can also find comfortable footwear from Rainbow, Reef, Vans, and Simple, with something for everyone in the family.
So, when you are ready to get the ball rolling with your holiday shopping, be sure to stop by South Coast Longboards and let our knowledgeable surfing crew help you get the right gift for your family and friends.
South Coast Longboards
5037 Newport Avenue Ocean Beach, CA 92107