Was the Spring of ’62 when surfing and the “addiction” that comes with this greatest sport was introduced to the Richards Family. It wasn’t long after that when we realized that although surfing takes place at the beach it shouldn’t be the case where surf shops can only be located near the coast. Understandably, surfers were surfacing everywhere and inland was definitely no exception. “Let’s open a surf shop in the Valley” was the suggestion thrown out and after much thought, research and ground work the family then made it a reality on October 6 of that year. We were also tuned into what was happening with skateboarding and its linked association with surfing . Thus, from our onset we incorporated our skate expertise into our product offering to give Val Surf the honor of being the “Oldest Surf-Skate Shop in the World”. Some years after that we followed by being on board from the absolute beginning of snowboarding in 1977 as well.
Our “Firsts” are many but what stands out more than any would be being the absolute first skate/surf mail order service, followed by being the very first dealer for Hobie and Channel Islands surfboards, Hang Ten and Quiksilver surfwear, plus Los Angeles for O’Neill, Burton and many others.
We have always lived the lifestyle and, to this day, the owners are still actively involved and participate in these three board sports that we love and have represented all these years.
Most importantly, and of course, very valued and appreciated are our customers and the surrounding community that have supported us through time. We wouldn’t be here today without you. In fact, we are in the third generation with many of you as you very well know!
With our four stores in Valley Village, Woodland Hills, Thousand Oaks and Valencia we send our thanks and celebrate with all of you our 55th Anniversary with many more to come!