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We recently added some amazing new products and have our eyes on even more!
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"The Cabo Kid"
Marc is the most recognizable face of Encinitas Surfboards. For the past 35 years he's been at the forefront of the retail side of the business. You can catch him in here most days of the week swapping stories and when he's not here or with the family, you can catch him jamming with his band down at the legion.
Sunday - Thursday
9am - 6pm
John started shaping back in 1969 and opened the shop with Marc back in 1975. Since then the Kies Custom Shapes/Encinitas Surfboards line has grown a fiercely loyal following due to his ability to create shapes perfect for our local surf. When John's not in the shaping room or at the shop, you can usually find him on the golf course, where he's quickly making a name for himself.
JOHN'S SHAPING ROOM HOURS
Monday - Friday
JOHN'S SHOP HOURS
9am - 6pm
Matt has been with us for the last 10 years. He is well-versed in all of the products we offer (and a few we don't) and can also offer you a tip or two on your golf swing!
Wednesday - Saturday
9am - 6pm
Our "family man", Robbie is a new dad, and when he's not fitting you with the perfect board or suit, he's selling you cutting edge LED lights!
Friday - Monday
9am - 6pm
Merit came to us a two and a half years ago and created her own position because she can't seem to sit still and leave well enough alone. If you've noticed things are moved around every time you come in, you have her to thank and/or blame.
Tuesday - Friday
9am - 6pm
Most of you will remember Todd from the good old days. He's now back in here at least one day a week (usually more covering for people) and he's back on the road as well as a rep for Freestyle and Hobie among others.
Sunday - Monday
9am - 6pm
"Yo Gabba Gabba"
Gabrielle is another familiar face, working at the shop off and on since she was 14! This chickie loves surfing and is studying to be a super yogi master! Keep an eye out for posts on classes she's teaching!
10am - 6pm
Surfing is not just a sport. It’s a business! Yes, I know the “B” word sends shivers up the spine of every ‘soul surfer.’ (And every surfer, if asked, will tell you he or she is a ‘soul surfer.’) We despise business. We spit at it. We’d blow off a surefire, million dollar deal for a good southwest swell. But you gotta eat, right?
When did you start your business?
Do you consider the location of your shop a key factor to the business’s success?
Yes because D Street is right around the corner, the shop is easily accessible and is located right on Highway 101.
Who is your average buyer?
Our clientele is anybody that likes to have fun in the ocean and likes to have good quality customer service.
If a total Barney walks in do you treat him with the same respect as a full on loc?
Yes. We treat everybody the same.
What is the dumbest question a customer has ever asked?
“Do you guys sell surf wax?” There is a bunch of cubicles up front with wax in them. Front and center. You would honestly have to be blind to miss them. Well on the other hand…
Do you have a mascot (ex. - An animal that roams freely throughout the building)?
Yes. “Raw Dog” is our mascot.
What is the craziest return a customer has ever tried to make?
Multiple customers have tried to return an article of clothing that’s at least 3 years old with stains on it stating that it is defective.
Does your store support any local surfers or have a surf team?
Yes we support all of the local surf schools and have a select local surf team.
Have you ever had any type of celeb roll in and make a purchase?
Yes. Gwenyth Paltrow, Eddie Vedder, Bill Murray has been in here a couple of times. Rob Machado comes in here pretty frequently, pro baseball players and other pro athletes and the legendary Skip Frye.
Have you ever pulled a hot chick/guy solely due to the fact that you own/manage a surf shop?
No, because we keep it totally professional here.
How many days a week do you surf now compared to before you owned/managed a surf shop?
We’re still in the water as much as we can because we love surfing.
Who is your favorite surfer and why?
Parko, Dane Reynolds, Kelly Slater, Gerry Lopez & Jeff Hackman.
Has a customer trying on clothes ever walked out completely naked?
Nope we have never seen this go down.
Has a person ever walked in totally blitzkrieged (really intoxicated) and tried to make a purchase? If so elaborate.
Yes all of the time. We’ve even made a guy a cocktail one time (Vodka & Cranberry) because we have a happy hour every Saturday at 6 P.M. The guy that we made the cocktail for said that he has never purchased a surfboard in his entire life that came with a free Vodka & Cran. We’ve had guys come in here on all sorts of stuff and make purchases. Too many to name.
Every store has to deal with shoplifting. What is your most memorable experience and what is your shoplifting policy?
Yes. (There is a board rack right at the front door of the shop that at the time didn’t have straps around the boards). A guy walked in and grabbed the front board and walked right out with it. When we realized it I ran looking for him and found him across the street, strolling at a mellow walking pace, carrying the board like he had done nothing wrong. When I finally caught up to him I said “what the heck are you doing?!?! You didn’t pay for that!!” He responded “I know,” and handed the board back to me.