Oceans make up 70% of the Earth's surface, with the other 30% consisting of uninhabitable mountains and parking lots for mega-golf courses. Acquaint yourself with the globe's must abundant space with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of merchandise at Shelter Surf Shop in Long Beach.
The husband-and-wife team at Shelter Surf Shop stocks the shop with surfboards, wetsuits, and beach-worthy clothing. Boards come in new, used, and restored vintage varieties, alongside the requisite sidekicks in surfboard paraphernalia. Custom and top-brand wetsuits provide protection for bodies while riding waves or friendly humpback whales, and the store’s colorful selection of men’s and women’s clothing recalls the 1960s and ‘70s with a modern flavor free of shag carpeting. Artists, such as co-owner Graham Day, design the locally made togs, which include Shelter tees by Tyler Warren, John Hintlian, Brian Banuelos, and Jimmie Hines ($24). Lightning Bolt–brand garb for men and women harness the jagged-projectile power of Zeus (both $24+).
Shelter’s coconut-and-lime scent, courtesy of resident surf wax, envelops salty skimmers' olfactory wears as they step in from 4th Street’s Retro Row or a portal from the future. The shop also hosts periodic movie nights.
2148 E 4th St.
Long Beach, California 90814Get Directions