Surf shops and schools, 2016 edition


Rockaway is home to the only official surfing beaches in New York City: Beach 67th-Beach 69th Street, as well as Beach 87th-92nd Streets. The growing popularity of surfing as an urban sport draws more visitors to our beaches each year. If you want to catch a wave, or need any beach related gear, there are a number of great surf shops and schools to choose from.


Surf and skate shops

Boarders Surf Shop is owned and operated by a father-son team of local surfers. The shop carries a wide selection of bathing suits, wetsuits, surfboards as well as skateboards. They also offer locker, board and wetsuit rental, in addition to showers, bathrooms and changing rooms. Location: 192 Beach 92nd Street, 718 318 7997.

Standup paddle boarding is growing in popularity, and now Rockaway has the only shop in the greater New York area devoted specifically to that sport. The owners also offer lessons on both the ocean and the bay. A-Team Paddle Boarding is located at 114-04 Beach Channel Drive (718 945 0300).

The owners of A-Team have joined forces with another local surfer and opened a second shop in Rockaway: Station RBNY. The shop carries a wide selection of surfboards, wetsuits (for sale and rental), and skateboards. They also have lockers and outdoor shower facilities, which is convenient for the surfing section at Beach 92nd Street. Location: 91-08B Rockaway Beach Boulevard (929 297-4780).

Uncle Sam’s Surf & Surplus is primarily an Army-Navy shop, with a wide selection of camping gear. However, the shop does carry swimwear, and is stocking Union Surfboards. Location: 92-14 Rockaway Beach Boulevard.

Breakwater Surf Co. also offers daily board and wetsuit rentals. In addition to a full selection of bathing suits and flip-flops, they have a wide variety of skate-influenced clothing and footwear. Location: 67-20 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, 347 619 8376.

Rockaway Beach Surf Shop has been open for over 40 years, and claims to be the oldest surf shop in New York City. In addition to the usual beach, surf and paddle gear, this family owned store boasts a stock of over 2,000 Rockaway-themed t-shirts. Location: 177 Beach 116th Street, 718 474 9345.

The Breezy Point Surf Shop serves the western end of the peninsula. With the usual assortment of beach gear, surf and skateboards, the shop also has a full selection of beach chairs. Location: 61 Point Breeze Avenue, 718 318 2381.


Surfing Schools

If you need a little guidance on the ocean waves, there are some great surf schools in the area. Skudin Surf (855 433 3350), New York Surf School (718 496 3371), and Locals Surf School (347 752 2728) are all located on the ocean at Beach 67th Street, and offer a host of private and group lessons year-round. Sierra Surf School will be running a summer camp for children ages 6-12 at Beach 67th Street.