By Ben Stephens
As the great Jed Smith once uttered ‘Shredheads, waxheads, kooks and barneys’. He was welcoming you to his hit web series The Pipeline, throwing out an all-encompassing salutation from the true tube rats, to the WSL fantasy league chumps. That being said, we all fall into one of the categories above and if John John Florence is now the world champ, colour me kook.
Regardless of where you stand on the scale, it’s spring and time to get amongst it. If you find yourself in the position of needing to replace a couple of fins or grab a brand new stick, we have a tight list of top surf shops around town that can help you out.
Vida Surf Store
Have a hankering for an acai bowl, though you find yourself in need of getting a board sorted out at the same time? Look no further than the team at Vida. Delivering the freshest bowls of acai goodness, as well as stocking some damn fine Pyzel boards, they’ll have you out the back in no time. Remember; don’t swim until an hour after eating or the boys in blue will have to come scoop you up.
From the team behind Surf Culture in Bondi Junction, comes their Bondi Beach store with a focus on top quality gear. Aussie made hand foiled fins by the team at Alkali, wetsuits from the ethically correct legends at Patagonia Surf and boards from a whole range of shapers, including CIS, Vouch and Byron Bay fan favourite McTavish adorn the new set up on Gould St. Give the team a call if you’re looking for a custom made situation and they’ll get the ball rolling for you.
With a vibe that makes you want to order a coffee and take a seat for the next couple of hours while you discuss other aesthetically pleasing shop fronts that you’ve come along in your travels. Don’t let the small store fool you though, it packs an absolute punch. Boards from the Haydenshapes, Christenson and those unique little whips from Almond, you’ll find something here that you might not want to ragdoll across a Tahitian reef with. Pick up a couple of tea towels while you’re in store too, they’ll add a little kick to a humble kitchen.
Let’s Go Surfing
If you are still in that kook box and haven’t committed to a stick just yet, check out the selection from our good friends at Lets Go Surfing. They offer a whole range of totally rad soft boards with the pink _Mullet Biscuit_ coming in at a height of 5’4, all the way up to the 6’7’s – if that’s more your game. Also, if you need any lessons, the team here can get you standing up in no time.
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