June 23, 2024
best surf shops in encinitas

Best Surf Shops in Encinitas California

Encinitas is one of the great surfing towns in San Diego. Due to this, it’s no surprise that the Coast Highway running end to end through town is dotted with surf shops.

In this article, I’ll share my list of the best surf shops in Encinitas. Two of the best surf shops in Encinitas are no doubt Hansen Surf Shop and Encinitas Surf Boards.

Read on to learn why. In addition, see a list of the other honorable mention surf shops in Encinitas and where to find them.

Surf Shops in Encinitas CA

Any great surf town has great surf shops. In this section, find my list of the best surf shops in Encinitas, Ca.

Hansen Surf Shop: Hansen Surf Shop in Encinitas is a staple of Encinitas community and has been for over 50 years. In the early 1970s, Don Hansen created the first retail surf shop in Encinitas.

Today, Hansen surf shop in Encinitas stands proudly at 1105 S Coast Highway, Encinitas CA 92024.

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Hansen Surf Shop in Encinitas

The store is centrally located in town in an expansive building. In the front half of the store, find all your apparel needs from all the popular surf brands. Volcom, Hurley, Billabong, O’Neill, RipCurl, you name it! Next, the middle of the store houses all your beach accessories including sandals, shades, and Nixon brand surf watches. Finally, the back half of the store is dedicated to surf gear including an awesome board selection, wetsuits, board shorts, and surf wax.

Additionally, the staff is friendly, and the prices are fair. Personally, I am a sucker for surf shops and could spend my entire paycheck in a store like Hansen surf shop in Encinitas. In summary, Hansen is one of the best surf shops in Encinitas if not the best.

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Encinitas Surfboards: Encinitas Surfboards is another classic and staple surf shop in the Encinitas community. In fact, I’d bet that you will see at least one person wearing an Encinitas Surfboards sweatshirt on your next visit through town. That is how popular their name has become.

Encinitas Surfboards is located on the opposite end of town from Hansen surf shop in Encinitas. You will find Encinitas Surfboards at 107 North Coast Highway 101, Encinitas CA 92024

While not as large Hansen, Encinitas Surfboards has that local roots feel. In addition to all the common surf brand apparel, you will also of course find their own branded clothing. Support your local and buy one of their shirts! Additionally, Encinitas Surfboards has a great board collection and the staff’s local surf spot knowledge is second to none.

Overall, Encinitas Surfboards is a staple and right up at the top of the list for best surf shops in Encinitas Ca.

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Catch Surf: Catch Surf is one the new kids on the block in the Encinitas surf shop scene. However, they have quickly made a name for themselves.

Catch Surf is located at 745 South Coast Highway 101, Encinitas CA 92024. Actually, Catch Surf is located about midway in between Hansen surf shop in Encinitas and Encinitas Surfboards.

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Catch Surf Encinitas

Catch Surf started in Malibu but made its way South down the coast. While they host all the popular surf brands clothing in their stores, what really sets this store apart is their board collection. Catch Surf has the largest and most extensive collection of boards in my opinion.

To conclude, Catch Surf makes the list for best surf shops in Encinitas because you need to go here if you are in the market for a new board.

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Other good surf shops in Encinitas Ca: A few other notable surf shops in Encinitas include Concept Surf Shop, Brothers of Surf, and Fulcrum Surf.

Surf Shops in Leucadia Ca

Leucadia is a township within Encinitas. Since there are so many surf shops in Encinitas, it made sense to divide the Encinitas surf shops into each of the three townships. In this section, I’ll share the best surf shops in Leucadia.

Progression Surf: Progression Surf is a boutique family run surf shop and one of the best surf shops in Leucadia.

To find Progression Surf, go to 828 North Coast Highway 101

Progression Surf is located only two blocks from the ever-popular Leucadia surf spot, Beacon’s. As such, this should be your board rental shop if in need of a board while surfing this break (good wave for beginner’s too).

Furthermore, Progression has an excellent new and used board collection. They also offer board trade ins at a fair value. Finally, their surf apparel and accessory collection is great to help round this out as one of the best surf shops in Leucadia.

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Other good surf shops in Cardiff Ca: A couple other noteworthy surf shops in Leucadia are Bing Surf Shop and Goodrum Surfboards.

Surf Shops in Cardiff Ca

Cardiff by the Sea is the final township of Encinitas. In this final section, discover the best surf shops in Cardiff.

Iron Cross Surfboards: Iron Cross is a family-owned surf shop in Cardiff by the Sea. In my opinion, this is best surf shop in Cardiff.

Iron Cross is located at 2107 San Elijo Avenue, Cardiff by the Sea CA 92007

This is a quaint little board shop in Cardiff. While they have all the gear and accessories of any other surf shop, the board and ding repair at Iron Cross is the region’s best. I’ve dinged my board a number of times and every time I will go to Iron Cross. They offer quality and timely service. As a result, they have really made a name for themselves being the best board and ding repair shop in the business.

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Iron Cross Surf Shop in Cardiff

Additionally, this shop also offers board and wetsuit rentals. Given that Cardiff Reef and San Elijo Campground are only a short walk away, renting boards here is easy.  

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Other good surf shops in Cardiff Ca: Other good surf shops in Cardiff include Cardiff Surf Co and the surf centric Patagonia store in the center of Cardiff.

Final Encinitas Shop Round Up

In summary, the surf shops in Encinitas are as good as the surf breaks. I hope you have found this guide to the best surf shops in Encinitas Ca useful. Check out our expanded list for the best surf shops in all of San Diego.

If you prefer to not visit a surf shop and shop online instead, check out my surf gear guide.


  • Gavin Bechtold

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