Starting this winter, we will begin to stock surfboards as well as SUPs. This was an option when I first decided to open the store, but for a few reasons I decided against it at the time. For one thing, I felt (and still feel) that SUP offers a more satisfying experience in waves than traditional surfing. Obviously thats just my personal opinion, and I recognize it certainly is not a majority point of view (yet). That ties into the second reason, which is that I have no particular expertise on surfboards. I've owned a half dozen in my life, but some were given to me, and others I bought second hand because the price was good and they were about the right size. And finally, because there is so much more to SUP than just surfing waves, I felt the sport deserved its own dedicated space and forum.
But at the same time there are some great reasons to open the store to traditional surfing as well. I spend almost all my free time in the waves, as opposed to flat water, and so I am surrounded by people that love to surf on shortboards and longboards. At the moment, there aren't any other stores in the Portland area that cater to this crowd. I sell wax and wetsuits and fins already...why not make some space in the shop for the boards too? This will help keep the shop open in the winter months, which in turn will keep me from going insane during flat spells.
Perhaps the most important reason is to make sure that everyone who shares the beaches and its waves, whether on a shortboard, longboard or SUP has a place to call their own. As more and more people paddle into waves, it becomes increasingly difficult to maintain that Aloha feeling that makes a perfect day of surfing. The last thing I want is for Soposup to represent one side of an "us vs them" equation. If prone surfers and SUP-surfers are going to coexist in the line-up, it only makes sense for them to have a common shop.
updated 07/10/2014 1:50am
3 ft @ 5 sec from SE
WSW (Cross Shore) @ 9 mph
*always by appt. and call ahead when there is surf!
382 cottage rd.
south portland, me 04106