Garberville is where our original store est. 1997 is! We are located just off the main street of Garberville (Redwood Drive), behind the Best Western Humboldt House Inn. This store is where we have most of our stock of apparel, hard goods like surf and skateboards and shoes. We have unique shirt designs specifically made for our store as well as established brands that make awesome gifts or souvenirs. We also carry an array of musical instruments and accessories! We offer rentals year-round out of our Garberville location for wetsuits, surf boards, Stand-up Paddle (SUP) boards, boogie boards, skim boards, and more! Give us a call, we're happy to answer any questions or stop by and say hello! Our current hours for the Garberville store are Monday-Friday 10AM-5PM, and Saturday 10AM-1PM.
A bit about Garberville: Blink and you'll miss it! Garberville is a town about two city-blocks long just off US Highway 101 in Humboldt County. Garberville was originally settled by the Sinkyone People. In 1853, Spanish explorers settled nearby areas and in 1879 Jacob Garber, the town's postmaster, renamed the town after himself. Originally a small settlement surrounded by the logging industry, downtown Garberville now hosts many small businesses, boutiques, cafes, and families old and young. The surrounding area offers river activities, hiking, biking, golf, disc golf, black sand beaches, and fantastic up-close experiences with some of the largest trees on the planet along the Avenue of the Giants.
Shelter Cove, California
Shelter Cove is where our seasonal location is. We are open in Shelter Cove for the Spring and Summer months. Here we offer mostly rentals- wetsuits for men, women and kids, boards, etc., and a smaller stock of the same items we carry in our Garberville store (such as clothing, hats, sunglasses, stickers..). We shift some of our rental inventory to our Shelter Cove location during these months, so it's easy to accommodate whatever you may be interested in between the inventory in both of our stores. It's possible to do transfers from one store to another for rental pick-ups and drop-offs if it lines up, but we need a heads up ahead of time to be able to coordinate so please give us a call to arrange this!
A bit about Shelter Cove: Part of the Lost Coast, Shelter Cove sits about 25 miles West of Garberville, 93 miles north of Fort Bragg, and about 70 miles south of Eureka/ Humboldt Bay. Shelter Cove was originally settled by the Sinkyone People. It is home to fishermen, families, adventurers, pristine black sands beaches and Jurassic Park-like foliage. The term "The Lost Coast" refers to the stretch of coastline in Humboldt and Mendocino Counties where there are no connecting roads or highways to the North or South. Essentially Shelter Cove is one big cul-de-sac; you must go back the same way you came on the small county road that takes you there. Shelter Cove has hotels, inns, some dining options, camping, and great wilderness to explore.
About Black Sands Beach: Black Sands Beach sits on the North end of Shelter Cove. It's a beautiful, uncrowded beach that is great for walking on but NOT for swimming- human or animal. No matter how proficient of a swimmer you are, it is not worth the risk to go near the water of Black Sands Beach. The swim/sport-friendly beach sits on the South side of the town where all the boats launch and is called "Mal Coombs Beach".