L.A. Skate Shops
L.A. Skate Shops
Skateboarding started in Southern California by surfers who wanted to ride the concrete waves of the streets. Since those early days, skate shops have been a cultural hub, introducing customers to music, fresh styles and new ideas. Los Angeles has hundreds of spots and skate parks and thousands of skaters, so naturally there are a lot of cool skate shops. These are some of the most iconic.
Rip City Skates
Rip City Skates in Santa Monica has been a neighborhood fixture since 1978, and Dogtown's own Wes Humpston did the graphics for the shop boards.
Rip City's Collectibles
At 700 square feet, Rip City's vast collection of autographed skateboards, old fliers and hard-to-find decks move up the walls and onto the shop's ceiling.
Platform Skateboard Shop is located on the outskirts of Los Angeles County in Pomona, Calif. Since it opened in 2006, the shop has been a funnel for local talent as well as a cultural hub for the skate community.
The shop team includes owner Landon Mitchell. "I wanted to open up something that was local and that carried different brands from the big box skate shops that were around me," he said.
In 1962, the Richards family opened Val Surf in Valley Village. Although they started as a surf shop, they soon began carrying skateboards. They've opened four additional stores, but they're still family-owned and they all rip, be it on skateboards, snowboards or surfboards. Their team includes pros Justin Eldridge, Stevie Perez and Mikey Taylor.
Welcome to Southern California's Pharmacy Boardshop.
Pharmacy Boardshop's team includes Leo Romero, Kevin Spanky Long, Keelan Dadd, and shop owner and team rider Bryan Herman. This is Herman going above the line, like a boss.
Downtown Los Angeles is crowded with skate spots, so when skaters break their board or need a skate tool, they head over to Non Factory, nestled in the Little Tokyo neighborhood. Owner Tetsuya Okabe keeps it street, with no longboards or plastic cruisers, making the hardcore love him. Signed decks on the wall vary from Jason Dill, Mark Gonzales and Eric Koston.
If you ask local L.A. pros where to get a board, they'll likely say, "Go talk to L.A. Dave." Since 1979, Dave White has run L.A. Skate with the largest inventory of decks and skate product in California, with more than 6,000 skateboards on hand. Dave's favorite pro customers include Guy Mariano and Eric Koston.