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Best Surf Shop (2012)
On the Beach
693 Lighthouse Ave., Monterey
Local surf legends Robbie Newman, Zach Downing and Wes Williams know how to stall in the barrel as they drop in steep, deep and behind the peak. When it comes to buying boards, booties and wax combs, they know to hit up their boy Kelly Sorensen, owner of On The Beach. Even pro surfer Ken “Skindog” Collins gives this place and its Volcom gear two thumbs up. Whether it’s sunscreen, leashes or the latest surf DVDs, this shop has it. If you’re one who likes throwing down big airs at the deep end of the bowl at the Marina skate park, chances are you’ve bought some bearings, grip tape and pads from this shop. Need a snowboard? Don’t be eggy brah, this place has you covered.