By Eric Badia
hen thinking ofskateboarding,images of southernCalifornia may popinto your head —beautiful people,warm weather, palmtrees. Long Island is probably not thefirst thing that comes to mind.However, the skateboarding industryin this area is strong and vibrant. Ifyou are in your twenties or older, youhave probably seen your share ofskaters, skate parks, and skate shopsrise and fall. Even though there areskate shops in Long Island that arerelatively new, several have beenaround for many years and are sta-ples in the Long Island skating com-munity. They continue to support,sponsor, and equip thousands of localLong Island skaters.For residents ofNassau County, thelist of skate shops isnot only extensivebut includes severalhigh quality, full serv-ice stores. Jeff of
inCedarhurst (call themat (516) 792-3165 orlog on toinsbaords.com) sayshis shop provides“friendly service” anda full line of top-notchskateboards and apparel. In additionto being a fully equipped service cen-ter, I.N.S. provides sponsorship forlocal skaters and an exclusive servicethat, according to Jeff, is “very popu-lar” — custom image grip tape jobs.In Valley Stream,
(callthem at (516) 561-2521 or log on tomasstransitny.com)retails a widearray of skateboards and apparel inan upscale setting, and isalso a full service facility.“We are Nassau County’spremier exclusive skate-board shop, we have beenin business for three and ahalf years and business isstrong,” reported Tom,owner of the popular facility.On Jericho Turnpike inMineola you can find
MineolaBicycle Fitness Mower
(con-tact them at (516) 742 5253). Whilethat title may be an unusual name fora skate shop, rest assured that thismulti-purpose store can provide any-thing you need to give your skate-boarding habit a fix. Audrey, owner ofMineola Bicycle Fitness Mower, saidthat the skateboarding portion of herbusiness has “grown quite a bit in thelast four years.” She reported thatthey are open seven days a week andcarry everything from sneakers to hel-mets, and can build or repair anyskateboard.Doug at
District Board Shop
inMassapequa (call them at (516) 797-5216) reported that he carries hotbrands such as Zero, Enjoi, Almost,and many others. Doug also spon-sors local skaters and strives to keephis young customers safe. Districtcarries equipment and apparel, aswell as being a full service facility.According to Mercedes of
Off BeatSkate Shop
in Long Beach (call themat (516) 431-4306), you can find morethan just skateboards at this hip localstore. In addition to selling exclusivehigh-end skateboard parts, acces-sories, and apparel, “we do art showswith local and national tattoo and graf-fiti artists.” Off Beat also sells exclu-sive spray paints and carries anextensive line of sneakers.
in Bellmore(bodegaskateboards.com) is LongIsland’s distributor of Bodega skate-boarding equipment and apparel, inbusiness since 1996. Oscar ofBodega said they supply Long Islandskate shops such asSpecial Sauce,Rick’s ActionSports, and manyothers. While themajority ofBodega’s businessis wholesale, theydo offer onlineshopping for thepublic on theirwebsite. In addi-tion, Bodega spon-sors a large skateteam, includingwell-known riderJohn Reeves.Skaters in western Suffolk Countyhave their share of quality shops aswell. Huntington Village is home totwo skateboard shops within one mile.
(call (631) 549-1127)offers a unique variety of outdoorequipment and apparel,and it isno slouchwhen it comes to skate-boards.
The Board Shop
(boardshop1.com, (631) 4247873) on Main Street has 7,000square feet of snowboards, surf-boards, wakeboards, skateboards,and apparel. The Board Shop alsofeatures trained technicians and salespeople that ride what they sell.
Xtreme Surf And Sport
in(Xtremesurfandsport.com, (800) 8774602) is 5,500 square feet of every-thing surf, snow, and skate.According to Tony, owner of Xtreme,“We are the largest shop on theIsland, as far as products go.” Tonysays that on any given day, Xtremewill have between 200 and 250boardsin stockas wellas every-thing frombearingsto griptape.“Anythingthat’s hot,we have itin stock,”adds Tony.In addition tothe latestproducts,Tony saysXtreme alsohas an “old-school” sectionwith many vin-tage boards.Xtreme hasbeen in businessfor 12 years andoffers surf andskating lessons,and sponsorslocal skaters.Perhaps the bestknown as well asthe most estab-lished skate shop inthe Island is
(specialsauce.com, (631) 6663290) in Bay Shore. Founded in1994, this purveyor of skate, surf, andsnowboards now has three retail loca-tions. Pete from Special Sauce saysthat European skating is much differ-ent than traditional U.S./west coast-style skating. He wanted to bring thatEuropean feel to his store, so Peteimported lines such as Cliché fromFrance and began retailing them.Special Sauce naturallycarries all of thetopbrands ofskateboards andapparel such as D&K,Baker, Chocolate, Girl, and manymore. Special Sauce also has a localskateboarding team, and Pete report-ed that a fair share of skateboard proswere developed in this area –renowned pro skater Gino Iannucci isfrom Westbury, while superstarAnthony Pappalardo hails fromMassapequa. Both make sporadicappearances at Special Sauce.
(grind-skateshop.com, (631) 285-7812) inRonkonkoma features a huge line ofequipment and apparel. Marc fromGrind says that they are “all aboutskateboarding. It’s got to have fourwheels; we don’t do anything withbikes, etc.” Grind has a full skateteam with many riders, and they holdregular events at the store. “We’ll putout a rail and box or a ramp,” saysMarc. However, he says that Grindhas a new full skate park facility in theworks and that construction hasalready begun. “The park will beabout three blocks from the currentshop and should be completed bymid-September.” Marc says thattheir customers ride rightthrough the winter aswell, “If there isn’tsnow on the ground,they’re on the board.”So to keep the cus-tomers coming in duringthe colder months, Grindwill bring in video gamesand host events in thestore.
Rick’s Action Sports
inEast Islip (ricksactionsport-sandsurfshop.com, (631) 581-2299) can help any skater –from novice or a pro – witheverything from entry level “com-pletes” (completely assembledboards) to top-of-the-line equip-ment. Rick’s also carries a full line ofapparel, as well as all of the latestskating DVDs.For those of you on the east end,there are several excellent skateshops sprinkled throughout the area.Jeremy from
Skidmore’s Sports AndStyles
in Hampton Bays (skidmores-ports.bizland.com, (631) 728-0066)
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