A staple of the surfing community since 1983, Spyder Surf is a South Bay mainstay. While its PCH flagship store is a 7,000-square-foot monster of a shop, it's Spyder's second location in Hermosa Beach, Spyder II, that's the real gem. Located just feet from Hermosa Beach Pier, Spyder II's proximity to one of L.A.'s most iconic surf spots is less of a coincidence and more of a luxury. Thanks to the warm service and knowledgeable staff, there's not another shop like it. Whether you just need a bar of wax or a new, hand-shaped Spyder surfboard, Spyder II has all the tools to get you barreled on the pier's north side in no time. 65 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach. (310) 374-2494, spydersurf.com.
— K.C. Libman