Ron Jon Surfshop

Ron Jon Surf Shop is the “Disney World” of surf shops.  It was founded in 1959 in New Jersey by Ron DiMenna.

The original Ron Jon Surf Shop opened in Long Beach Island, New Jersey in 1961. DiMenna sold surfboards out of that tiny Jersey shore shop and supplied former customers with surfboards to open their own surf shops on the East Coast. When he headed to Florida two years later and opened the “One of a Kind” Ron Jon Surf Shop in Cocoa Beach, he sold even more.

Ron Jon Surf Shop has grown into a world-famous surfing mecca.  Once a small surf shop , Ron Jon Surf Shop in Cocoa Beach, Fla. has morphed into a world of summer fun in itself, encompassing more than two acres, overflowing with more surfwear, sportswear and beach gear than is available in any other single venue.  The flagship store in Cocoa Beach is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.  The three-story structure has a fantastic collection of boards and an endless supply of gear and surfing wear.  Across the street from the main store is a rental operation and surf museum.

Cocoa Beach Surf Company

Cocoa Beach Surf Company advertises itself as the “world’s largest surf complex” and is located on A1A in Cocoa Beach, Florida directly across from Ron Jon’s Surf Shop.  The complex includes a Sheraton Four Points Hotel, Starbucks and The Shark Pit bar & Grill.  Cocoa Beach Surf Company has a great inventory of boards, gear and surf/beach wear.  They also have an extensive rental business.  In the center of the complex is a huge saltwater aquarium with live sharks swimming around with many other species of fish.

Cape Surf Shop

Cape Surf was established in 2006 and is the only surf shop in Cape Canaveral, Florida.  The shop has over 400 boards in stock both new and used from most all of the major makers at the best prices in town. Cape Surf offers a friendly atmosphere, great deals, and a staff that has surfed all over the world. The surf team is headed up by Cocoa Beach local Josh Wilson and many groms.

Oceansports World Surf Shop

Oceansports World Surf Shop is located at the south end of Cocoa Beach, Florida on A1A.  They have surfboards, SUPs, kayaks and a variety of surf related gear and accessories.  Their signature boards are Island Surfboards.

Central Coast Surfboards

Central Coast Surfboards in San Luis Obispo (55 Marsh Street) was founded by Mike Chaney and two other fellow surfers.  It has a great selection of boards, wetsuits and appeal.  Also has some winter sports equipment and clothes.

St. Thomas Surf Shops

While in St. Thomas in April 2011 there was very little surf.  Only surf visible when I was there was at Hull Bay.  A long paddle out since the spot is on private property.  Waves were 3 to 5 foot.

The island is a good spot for Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP).  Equipment is available at most of the resorts and from a number of vendors on the island.

While on St. Thomas, I did have the opportunity to visit several local surf shops.

The Caribbean Surf Company has three locations in St. Thomas.  The offer a huge variety of boards, appeal and glasses.

Evolution Surf Shop is a small, mostly apparel, store in Red Hook.

It was an adventure in itself finding West Indies Wind Surfing Surf Shop.  Situated near Red Hook at the ending of a narrow, winding, sometimes dirt, road.  The shop specializes in wind surfing, kite surfing and SUP.  I had wanted to take some kite surfing lessons, but the wind was too strong.  Maybe next time.

On The Beach Surf Shop

On The Beach Surf Shop in Monterey, CA, was founded by Kelly Sorensen.  In April 1986, Kelly joined forces with Mike Locatelli (owner of Portola Surf Shop) and opened On the Beach Surf Shop (OTB) on Ocean and Mission in Carmel, California. In 1993, Kelly opened a second store on the corner of Lighthouse and Prescott in Monterey.  Due to changes in the Carmel Business District, the Carmel store closed in February 1999, leaving the one store in Monterey. However, because the building is so old, it had to be either re-retrofitted for earthquake safety or torn down. The owners of the building decided to tear it down! The shop moved a couple of blocks down the street on Monterey’s Cannery Row.  In 2004, the shop moved to its current location at 693 Lighthouse Avenue.