Retail Roundup - Surfing into Black Friday Edition
While we'd all rather be on the water than in a mall on any given day, Black Friday might be one exception. The day after Thanksgiving is a bargain-hunter's heaven, and with the economy starting to rebound, many retailers are predicting that the deals will be better than ever, and surf-centric retailers are no exception. While most stores haven't "officially" released their deals yet, you can guarantee that all of the following shops will be worth stopping by during Black Friday, November 26.
For instance, Huntington Surf and Sport, a beloved SoCal surf industry staple, is rumored to have 20 to 50% off STOREWIDE on Black Friday. 20 to 50% off on everything from wetsuits to Uggs? Sign me up.
PacSun and Bass Pro Shops, while not as surf-centric, are also rumored to have some incredible deals this year. Bass Pro specializes in all kinds of outdoor gear and will get you especially outfitted for your winter snow trip, while PacSun makes sure you look good doing it.
Also, Hurley and Volcom are advertising warehouse sales soon to come, so keep your eyes peeled for that. (Just last week, Hurley hosted a warehouse sale in Santa Ana with everything 50 to 70% off!) Typically, this is warehouse sale season, so there are bound to be more in the coming weeks. When we find out when and where to get these deals, we'll be sure to let you know!
Despite some good news for surfing shoppers, there are a few storm clouds on the horizon this fall. The historic surf shop "The Frog House" in Newport Beach might be forced to close because of regulations regarding it's business status in a residential neighborhood. The Frog House has been in this location since 1963 and is a Southern California legend amongst pros and groms alike. A Facebook group has been formed to protest the closing, and we hope that a resolution will be found this fall.
Also, in Hermosa Beach, the city is objecting to a Quiksilver-sponsored mural of Kelly Slater at Spyder Surfboards. While local surfers are outraged, saying that Hermosa Beach is turning its back on local culture, the city seems firm in its decision to not honor one of our best and brightest.
One last piece of bad news before we remember all the Black Friday deals we're looking forward to - airlines have recently increased fees for checking surfboards, according to the OC Beach Blog. (This problem is most noted within the U.S. Delta is the worst, at $200 each way per surfboard bag, but a few international airlines, like Qantas, still don't charge.)
However, we still have Black Friday to look forward to, so it ain't all bad. This has been your Retail Roundup, only from Off the Lip. Happy shopping!