Shore is one of the largest surf-shop in the United Kingdom, offering a massive range of fashionable apparel, wetsuits and hardware online and in store. Stocking all major brands of surf gear and accessories, their price guarantee makes them hard to beat for all of your surf needs.
Simon Crawford founded Shore in 1982 as a 23-year-old student, with a love for the beach lifestyle. In a small hut on Shore Road in West Sussex, the company was created, originally starting with the short-term rental of surfboards, windsurfers, surf kayaks and a Hobie cat. With interest in windsurfing on the rise throughout the 1980’s, they began to offer tuition and selling items. By 1984 a functioning shop was erected in the nearby village with all profits contributing towards the purchase of more stock. As the store expanded on to a bigger site on Shore Road, so did the wetsuit sales. Shore soon became the UK’s number one retailer for wetsuits. Later the mail-order sales were established firstly with windsurf kits and then to other products. The ‘big break’ came in 1993 when an old Saab showroom was transformed in the UK’s largest surf shop and mail-order retailer. This also accompanied the introduction of surf fashion to the UK, with Shore’s mail order brochure being the first of it’s kind. The final push was the movement to the online platform that remains extremely successful.
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Services offered by Shore
Shore offers a wide range of surf apparel from big name brands including; Animal, Quicklsilver, Roxy, O’Neill Wetsuits, Billabong, Ripcurl, and Patagonia. Men’s and Women’s clothing is available, as well as accessories and footwear. Children’s surf gear can also be bought online for a range of ages including infants. Their wetsuit range is extensive and is available in all shapes and sizes. Prices range from cheaper options to the top models. Surfboards are available in varying style such as longboards, retro, beginner and Mini-mai. They also stock a variety of branded surfboards and SUP boards, as well as a multitude of accessories including wax, bags, repair kits, skateboards and suncream. Bodyboards and accessories are stocked online ranging from cheap products to more professional and durable styles. Shore has a range of kayaks, kayaking equipment and clothing. They have also branched into snow gear, with a selection of jackets, pants and accessories. Deals such as two t-shorts for £20 are common online and the ‘bargains’ section contains a significant stock of sale items.
Standard delivery is offered for free on purchases over £30, next working day delivery is free on purchases over £150 on orders within the UK. Delivery of oversized items such as surfboards and kayaks is £10-25. Shore also offer a price guarantee that their items cannot be found cheaper elsewhere online or in store, however in the unlikely event that this happens the price will be matched.
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