Spotted / Bay Area / Oakland / Oakland Surf Club

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I was strolling around Old Oakland last Friday for the farmer’s market when a local told me about  this surf shop in nearby Chinatown. I had to check out. First thing I expected were surf boards, and sure enough there was a whole wall of them right by the door. But the rest of the store was totally unexpected. There was some beachwear and gear in the mix, but mostly there were lots of cool everyday stuff you can wear out in the city + a good variety of magazines and photography of urban street life by some local artists. You don’t have to be a surfer or a skater to dig this place—just one who appreciates the culture and everyday life that goes on around you, especially in Oakland. Max, one of the owners, was in the shop that day and it was great catching up with him while I was checking things out. Such a cool guy and a cool shop. You’ll end up wanting to hang out here for a while.

Oakland Surf Club
337 14th Street
Oakland, CA 94612
tel: 510 465 2770
www.oaklandsurfclub.com

* All images by me, Leslie.