Sunday, July 12, 2009
Surf's Up Dude: Check out the down-under, Australian-style surfer gear man.
Surf Down Under is located in Tampa’s Shops at Channelside. Florida’s Gulf Coast isn’t known for big surf or wild wave action but that doesn’t keep locals from adopting the surfer lifestyle to the max. A shop like this might just have the latest look as it prides itself on Australian-themed surfing apparel, shoes and accessories. They even carry hand made, one-of-a-kind jewelry. They stock brands such as: Billabong, Rip Curl, Roxy, Quiksilver, Rusty, Reef, Von Zipper, Oakley, Rainbow Sandals, Havaianas, and Paul Frank The shop is a few steps from the cruise ships and probably attracts a good share of passengers stocking up before hitting the beaches of Belize, Mexico and the Caribbean islands. That way the natives will definitely know who the American tourists are. Knarley surf dudes. Unless we have a good size storm off the Gulf (or a hurricane - which I did not just write) the east coast and the Atlantic attract most of Florida’s surfers. And there are many special spots they go to that are well known for decent waves. But not having real surf doesn’t keep the surfer culture down around here or dampen their spirits. No way man. You’d think it was the cove at Malibu the way they dress and act. Even boards on their roof. Hang ten dudes. Wax that board. Here's a great shop to check out. For sure.