Hawaii is the birthplace of surfing, so it’s no surprise that there are an abundance of surf shops located all across the islands. In addition to the best surfboards designed by some of the world’s top shapers, the different surf shops carry everything from the latest swimwear, fashion, and everything else you need to look stylish on the beach. From a Bob Marley-themed surf shop to a place that also offers storage for your board, these are the 7 best surf shops on Oahu that you have to check out.
Check Out These 7 Best Surf Shops on Oahu
1. Local Motion
An island staple since 1977, Local Motion is a popular surf store chain that keeps up with the latest trends and offers the newest products, from surfboards to surf apparel. They also host the annual Surf Into Summer contest, where more than 300 competitors compete for trophies, prizes ad bragging rights in Hawaii’s largest and longest-running premier amateur surf event. They have multiple locations across Oahu, Maui, and the Big Island.
Address: 1450 Ala Moana Blvd., #3039, Honolulu
2. Surf Garage
This vintage surf shop has been open since 2002 and stocks high-end and used surfboards by major brands including Bing, Hobie, and more. If you’re looking for surf clothing, movies, or other board accessories like fins, you’ll find everything you need here. They also offer a storage service for those who need a space to hold their board.
Address: 2716 S. King St., #A, Honolulu
3. T&C Hawaii
Town & Country Surf Shop was founded in 1971 by Craig Sugihara and has evolved into a multifaceted surf company. The first shop was opened in Pearl City, and since then more stores have opened throughout Hawaii. From custom shaped surfboards to stylish clothing, T&C is one of the best-known surf shops on the islands. Town & Country Surf Shop told us that customer favorites are "our exclusive T&C tees with a variety of designs depicting all things Hawaii from mauka to makai. Other customer favorites are the variety of cool flask we carry to stay hydrated while experiencing the life in the islands."
Address: 98-1005 Moanalua Rd., Honolulu
4. HIC Hawaiian Island Creations
Founded in 1971 by brothers Jimmy and Stephen Tsukayama, Hawaiian Island Creations started out with humble roots as a small surf shop on Oahu’s Windward shore. The chain has grown to 14 stores across three islands, and is known for providing high-quality surf gear. In addition to surfboards and major clothing brands like Hurley, Roxy and Billabong, HIC also offers official event merchandise for HIC Pro— the surf contest it sponsors with Vans.
Address: 354 Hahani St., Honolulu
5. Surf N Sea
Established in 1965, Surf N Sea is located in a rustic, two-story wooden building on the North Shore that was built in 1921. Surfing Magazine named Surf N Sea “North Shore’s Best”, and they specialize in surfing, scuba diving, body boarding and snorkeling tours, lessons, sales and rentals. They also offer a large variety of beachwear and accessories, and are conveniently located just a few steps from the beach.
Address: 62-595 Kamehameha Hwy., Honolulu
6. One Love Surf Shop
This unique surf shop has two locations—one in Haleiwa Beach and the other at Waimea Bay. Both stores have a smoothie bar where you can order organic smoothies, fresh acai bowls, Kava, and local coffee. They also specialize in Bob Marley and Rastafarian apparel, along with handmade puka shells, Hawaiian jewelry, clothing, Brazilian bikinis, and more.
Address: 66-521 Kamehameha Hwy., #A, Honolulu
7. Northshore Boardriders Club
Owned and operated by legendary surfer Barry Kanaiaupuni, North Shore Boardriders Club surf shop offers the latest surf equipment, accessories, and clothing. They are located on the North Shore of Oahu in Haleiwa, the heart of surfing, and they carry surfboards shaped by some of the most famous shapers in the world.
Address: North Shore Marketplace, 66-250 Kamehameha Hwy., Honolulu
This article was written by Kamala Kirk.