If you’re looking to purchase surf gear or apparel online then you’ll discover a wide range of options available to you. Buying clothes can be tricky unless you already know that specific brand sizing will fit. However, most retailers have return policies, especially when it comes to fashion items.
Why buy surf gear online?
We live in the digital age and there are advantages as a retailer in not having a physical storefront. In the old days we used to wait with great anticipation for the new season tees and boardshorts to appear in the window of the local surf shop. We’d agonise over a pair of trunks, or a new rash guard.
Now the world is quite literally at our fingertips and we can purchase direct from the surf brands, online surf shops and even manufacturers in China.
The real difference is price. You’ll save when buying online, but you also miss out on the surf shop experience: surf videos playing on screens, polished boards on racks, the smell of wax. Are brick and mortar surf shops a thing of the past? We hope not.
But in the meanwhile, here is a list of some of the best online surf shops.
Surfstitch is a well-known online surf shop that emerged over a decade ago in Sydney, Australia. They transformed the online shopping experience for surfers by providing a quality website and huge selection of products. They consistently offer special offers, including vouchers for first time buyers and have good deals on shipping (free to Aus and NZ if you spend over a specific threshold, flat rate to global destinations). Importantly, Surfstitch proved that surfers would buy gear and fashion without heading into a retail store.
“Since its humble beginnings in an overflowing garage to a sophisticated, digital-platform that has serviced over 2 million customers – SurfStitch is your go-to for all things related to contemporary coastal culture.
We’re all about those feel-good, Saturday state of mind moments and use our selection of over 300 brands and their stories to provide you with the goods that best reflect your unique identity. Surf may be in our name, though we have grown to embrace the cultures that surround it. Be it fashion, travel, art, music or beyond, we stay ahead of the curve with the latest trends to help connect you with the same positive, passionate mindsets our brand stands by.
With over 10 years of trusted experience, unique customer service and one of the strongest edits of high-quality products in the industry, SurfStitch stands as one of Australia’s most innovative e-commerce businesses.
SurfStitch is proud to be part of the Alquemie Group, a new portfolio of leading premium retail brands.”
I first encountered Surfdome while browsing Magic Seaweed, which has a co-branded store. The product range is impressive and the website user experience is really good. You can feel confident that a reputable brand like Surfdome will look after you in the case of returns or shipping issues.
Based in the UK, Surfdome is Europe’s leading online destination for Surf, Snow and Skate. We offer more than 300 brands with a wide selection of streetwear footwear, clothing and accessories as well as winter sports equipment at very competitive prices.
Created in 2005 in the United Kingdom, Surfdome now has more than 33,000 customers and in 2016, we delivered more than 1,200,000 parcels worldwide.
Sustainability plays a big part of who we are and in 2016, we eliminated 14 tons from our supply chain. Replacing bubble wrap with more widely recycled materials such as packing paper and gummed tape. We are also proud sponsors of 2 Minute Beach Clean and The Plastic Project who dedicate themselves to raising awareness for their specific environmental causes.
Evo strives to make lives better by crafting elevated customer and employee experiences, fostering human connection and igniting passions, while leveraging our success to give back.
People often asked why I started evo and when it started, and I’ve always held that the path of our business is intertwined in our personal journeys. The reality is that in a sense, the inspiration for evo existed long before 2001. My Uncle Jack introduced me to skiing in grade school, and I’ve been doing everything that I can to participate ever since. Selling gear as a little kid provided the means to buy lift tickets and access this amazing experience, and for over 30 years now, evo really has been a story of one thing leads to another. From hustling to buy a lift ticket, to eventually getting the chance to chase winters worldwide, evo has opened doors to a world of sport and culture that I could have never imagined. As we move ahead, the desire to share that same experience drives our site, our stores and most of all, our evoTrip adventure travel vacations – our opportunity to introduce customers to these amazing sports and culture experiences around the world.
‘We made our debut in the Seattle area in 1978, with a single store location at Northgate Mall. Now we have grown, and currently have hundreds of stores across the United States and Canada. We do what others have only dreamed of! We provide you with cutting edge clothing, footwear, accessories, hard goods for skate and snow for active lifestyles. Everything we do revolves around the customer—you are the heart of our company.
We love and support the skate and snow industries that our customers live and ride for. With the success of our retail Zumiez shops, we’ve opened our online store for the world to experience, ZUMIEZ.COM! We want our customers to seek us, either shopping from their recliner at home or roaming through their favorite Zumiez store location. So shop, download and explore the world of Zumiez!’
In 1999, a group of twenty somethings had an idea. While many scoffed at the notion of selling snowboards and skateboards online, the fearless few abandoned promising professional careers and found a way to get the wheels turning. 20+ years later, Tactics continues to exist to be synonymous with snowboarding and skateboarding and to curate products born of passion, fun, style, and inspiration. We strive to deliver an unsurpassed and indelible experience to our customers, create an extraordinary place for our dedicated employees that allows them to live with purpose and fulfillment, and leverage our success to give back to causes and communities in order to make the world a better place. We are proud and honored to have stoked out over 2 million customers worldwide.
Born in the small dusty Great Plains town of Redfield, South Dakota, Don Hansen the founder of Hansen Surfboards was taught about down home family traditions and the value of a hard days work at an early age.
While attending classes at The University of South Dakota in the late 1950’s Don was introduced to the art of wave sliding via classic surf films by two brothers who were attending USD from Southern California. Transfixed by the images of the soulful surfers, Don would soon find that sweating away summers doing manual labor in the Mid-West held no flame to the idea of riding waves with friends in the warm California sun. With a lot of courage and a little bit of money, Don decided he had enough of being land locked and bravely hitch hiked his way to Coronado, where he would indulge in the surf lifestyle and begin his journey into surfboard manufacturing.
When it all began in 1985, we had one tiny shop just off Queen Street Mall in Brisbane, Queensland. Since then, City Beach has grown to become a part of many Australian’s lives.
From those humble beginnings until now, our commitment to build huge stores that are fun to visit has made City Beach stores a great place to hang out when you’re shopping with your friends.
Now City Beach online is making it even easier for you to shop for all your favourite brands whenever it suits you. Better still, your order can be processed and delivered in just a few days, so you’ll be stylin’ before you know it!
At our warehouse in Brisbane, we have the people and the infrastructure to move stock around Australia quickly and reliably, to ensure that your local store is always fully stocked with all the latest gear and your online orders arrive to your door as quickly as possible.
Surfcorner Store is the online surf shop of Surfcorner.it , the portal of the Italian surfing online since year 2000.
Surfcorner Store is an online store where you can find accessories for surf boards, skateboards, clothing among the most stylish in circulation and you can buy everything from the comfort makes home, office or from any Internet in total safety.
‘Mundo-Surf.com is your online Surf, Bodyboard, Skateboard and Stand-Up-Paddle shop. Our goal is to provide a wide selection of the best products and best surfing and bodyboarding brands. Surfboards, leash, covers, wetsuits, accessories , you will find in our online surfshop many top brands: Creatures, FCS, Shapers, Xcel, Pride, NMD, Versus, Sniper, Agent Eighteen, Zion, Eurofin, Bic, Mystic, NSP, Far King, etc … We are a passionate team, so feel free to contact us, we will be glad to help you. We make our best to offer the best product at the best price, and to ship it as fast as possible.’
Hurley is an American multinational corporation that is engaged in the design, development, manufacturing, worldwide marketing and selling of surf apparel and accessories. The company’s headquarters is in Costa Mesa, California.
Patagonia, Inc. is an American clothing company that markets and sells outdoor clothing. The company was founded by Yvon Chouinard in 1973, and is based in Ventura, California.
Patagonia grew out of a small company that made tools for climbers. Alpinism remains at the heart of a worldwide business that still makes clothes for climbing—as well as for skiing, snowboarding, surfing, fly fishing, mountain biking and trail running. These are silent sports. None require an engine; rarely do they deliver the cheers of a crowd. In each, reward comes in the form of hard-won grace and moments of connection with nature.
‘Our values reflect those of a business started by a band of climbers and surfers, and the minimalist style they promoted. The approach we take toward product design demonstrates a bias for simplicity and utility.’
In 2015, professional surfer Kelly Slater and creative director John Moore set out to change the clothing industry. Both surfers wanted to wear clothing that was made better, looked better, and fit better than what they grew up with. Prior to shipping our first product, they spent over two years searching for the right partners that shared their values. After 28 months of visiting makers around the world, Outerknown was born.
The Fair Labor Association (FLA) holds brands to the highest international labor standards. Outerknown was the first brand to pursue accreditation before selling a stitch of clothing.
‘When I finished my former sponsorship to start Outerknown, I challenged my partners to create a pioneering new company that made great clothes with a radical commitment to sustainability. Five years later, Outerknown is proving that you don’t have to compromise on sustainability or style.’ – Kelly Slter
Founded in 1969 by Brian Singer and Doug “Claw” Warbrick, rip curl is one of the world’s most recognized and respected brands. it has been at the forefront of the surf and snow scenes since its creation.
Rip Curl is a company for, and about, the crew on The Search. The Search is the driving force that led to the creation of Rip Curl, and it lives in the spirit of everything the Rip Curl crew do. It’s what makes Rip Curl unique. It defines who we are. The products we make, the events we run, the riders we support and the people we reach globally, are all a part of that Search that Rip Curl is on.
Quiksilver is a brand of surf-inspired apparel and accessories that was founded in 1969 in Torquay, Australia, but is now based in Huntington Beach, California. It is one of the world’s largest brands of surfwear and boardsport-related equipment.
Billabong International Limited is an Australian surf company, primarily a clothing retailer that also produces accessories, like watches and backpacks, and skateboard and snowboard products under other brand-names.
The Deus philosophy recalls an era before the various pursuits of fun – motorcycling, surfing, skateboarding, whatever – were marketed into fundamentalist factions. All are welcomed under the Deus roof, where there’s simply respect for the honesty and enjoyment of the machine. Inclusiveness, authenticity, enthusiasm.
‘We got our start in 2007, hand-shaping surfboards that we hoped would be lasting quality and function. We have been continuing to refine and perfect our process ever since. We truly hope that the surfboards we build today will be passed down as heirlooms to the next generation.
Our aim is to be the premier lifestyle brand of the Surfer-Craftsman. Hand-built surfboards are the foundation of what we do here; but whatever the pursuit may be, we’re a brand that believes in investing the time and committing to the process. Our aim is to make timeless, essential products for surfers and craftsmen of all varieties.’