Skateboarding was born in California, and since the early days of strapping a board to a pair of roller skate wheels, the sport has continually evolved. From the famed beaches of Southern California, to the inland suburbs of Northern California, skaters can be found tearing up sidewalks. Here are the best skate shops they go to for new boards, new inspiration, and a knowledgeable staff.
For 20 years, The Boardgarden has been providing the community with a selection of skateboards as well as snowboards, wake boards, and longboards and gear. Stop in to check out what’s going on in the area in skates and stock up on any skate related needs.
District Skates makes boards out of wood, the old-fashioned way. Crafted in the Los Angeles factory, District Skates harkens back to the early days of sidewalk surfing, the way skating started.
Ventura County has a strong skate culture and the locals head to Five Points when they want to surf snow or sidewalks. The owner has been skating since the 1970s, which is almost how long the shop has been in business. Huge array of sizes and expert advice can be found here.
The Skatelab in Simi is all things skate related. Next to the epic skate park is a shop where you can stock up on gear. You may spot a pro skater or two as you pick you out the latest skate fashions or boards.
The Weirdo shop is designed to appeal to skaters of all levels, so stop in whether you’re just getting into the sport or have been skating for eons. Weirdo combines the cool appeal of a skate shop with the factor of your kooky uncle that still brags about the time he mastered the ollie.
The Attic is a cluttered little stop where the locals go to pick out everything from new pads to new boards. It’s filled with everything you need to get going in a small corner of the OC.
LA Skate is proud to be the oldest skate shop in LA. With nearly 40 years of skate experience, there is a supersized selection of boards of all types and sizes. You’ll also find rollers skates and more fun on and off wheels.
From an online skate shop, SoCal Skate Shop has grown to be an important part of the skate community in Mission Viejo. Whether you’re looking for a board for kids or yourself, the qualified staff is there to help you out.
DLS Skateboards has a huge selection of all the major brands plus all the latest fashions and styles from popular skate labels. You can get repairs and buy anything you need at the shop, which has skate gear for the whole family.
Legends Boardshop has a few locations in Southern California that combines skate culture and lifestyle with boards and accessories. Whether you want a new pair of Vans or a new board, you can find it at Legends.