At the Space Coast Surfers for Autism event — Photo courtesy of Longboard House
There's plenty of coastline around Florida,and plenty of waves to ride.So it's a given that there are also plenty of surf shops on theSpace Coast.
But one of our favorites – a surf shop where the locals go – isLongboard House,tucked away in Indialantic,away from the busy tourist stops.Conveniently,it's also stationed just across the street from the ocean.
Longboard House is more than just a store with surfboards.It's been a Space Coast staple since the early ‘60s,and it claims to boast the largest collection of surfboards and stand-up paddle boards in the world;in fact,it stocks more than 1,000 surfboards and paddle boards and ships them to more than 100 countries across the world!
An artistic Drew Brophy surfboard at Longboard House — Photo courtesy of Longboard House
The veteran shop is far from huge,especially in comparison to the mega surf shops nearby.But it's collection is,no doubt,impressive.
Find artistic boards,functional ones or eco-friendly ones in the "Green Room." Or order a custom board,shaped just for you.
Despite the name,Longboard House also sells a nice selection of shortboards;it claims to have the best shortboard selection in Central Florida.
You can even rent a board for the day here,after you browse the stock of swimsuits,sunglasses and other surf and beach gear,from wax to rash guard to wet suits.In that,this shop feels like you're shopping in a surf culture museum.
Find skateboards here,too.
Skateboards at Longboard House — Photo courtesy of Longboard House
The Longboard House is staffed by local surfers who really know their stuff.No matter your ability,you'll walk out with the right stick.
Beginners: Try a soft board.Intermediate: Grab a fun shape that floats well and catches waves easily.Advanced surfers: Longboard House has Kelly Slater's Channel Island boards by the dozens,John-John's Pyzel collection and dynamic new (and hard-to-find) Firewires.
If you're unsure,ask the staff to help you pick out a board,and then carry it across the street to the beach;no need to worry about transporting the boards on your car or finding another parking space.
Local surfers dig Longboard House — Photo courtesy of Longboard House
This shop is open every day of the year until 9 p.m.except on Sundays and Christmas,and it's one of the closest surf shops to Disney World (about an hour east).
If you're on a budget,check the sales,and if you're shopping from afar,Longboard House's website offers to beat any other online price.Shop virtually via the "live board room cam," and flip through the photo and video galleries,as well as Facebook.
Longboard House is not flashy and touristy.Unlike some "theme park" shops,which feature trinkets and beach umbrellas,the Longboard House is hard-core surf.If you're looking for a wide selection of trinkets and mementos,you might be disappointed.
This shop is authentic.The real deal.And definitely worth a visit.