Interview with Graham Day from Shelter Surf Shop

Located in the middle of Long Beach’s quaint 4th Street Business District lies Shelter Surf Shop. This mom and pop shop was started by Graham Day in 2007. With a large surfing population in Long Beach, Graham has found a way around the commercial surf scene and created a shop that reminds people of “how it used to be.” With it’s focus on surfing and art, Shelter is a unique shop that is not to be missed.

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Here is an interview with owner Graham Day:

What’s the history of Shelter Surf Shop?
My wife and I opened up Shelter Surf Shop in early 2007.. We were originally up on top of the Hill (Signal Hill) and we moved down to 4th St, here in Long Beach, in January of 2008. We’ve kept it small and close to the heart since day one. Its a labor of love, supported by our friends and we aim to keep it that way…

How did you get started?
I picked a spot and jumped in (hands and feet first) with eyes closed, mind and heart open. Called some friends and got it rollin’.

What inspired you to open your own surf shop?
I really wanted to re-create the experience that I had grown up with in the South Bay.. Even though I am all for the progression of surfing, I didn’t feel that there was any shops out there that really celebrated the soul of surfing, community or spotlight on individualism within the surf community. On a basic level, it is also the love of surfing, the bond wave riders share and the things riding waves inspires people to create.

What does your shop focus on or strive towards?
Top priorities are definitely to offer a small but well curated selection of surfboards and clothes.. We work to support our friends creative efforts and support the surf community through events that showcase the outcome of the inspiration gained by riding waves

What makes Shelter different?
I think its our motivation and approach to what we offer and why we offer it or even why we are here.. We invite folks to come down and experience it for themselves.

Anything else interesting we should know?
The Ocean is our Shelter..



Come down to Shelter Surf Shop and check out the FIRST stop on the Get Stoked Tour

Saturday, August 21, 2010 at 6pm

Shelter Surf Shop
2148 E. 4th Street
Long Beach, CA

The event will include:

* The world premiere of Cyrus Sutton and KorduroyTV’s new film, Stoked and Broke, a staycation surfari epic on zero dollars.

* Tarp Surfing Demos and Contest

* Live Music

* and more

The festivities begin at 6pm at Shelter Surf Shop and the film will begin at 9pm across the street at the historic Art Theater Long Beach, which is the oldest operating single screen house in Long Beach.


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