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From Duke Kahanamoku's California conquest to the legend of Dogtown and Z-Boys, our urban shores helped to spread the worldwide gospel of surf and skate culture. Yet the genuine, Santa Monica Bay outlets of this scene, including Randy Wright's Horizons West surf shop and Cesario “Block” Montano's Venice Originals skate shop, are no more. Luckily Rider Shack on the edge of Venice keeps the locals' spirit alive. Husband-and-wife Jeff and Lacey Glass started this endeavor in a nearby garage 10 years ago. Now their full-fledged retail shop on Washington Boulevard carries boards by one of the area's favorite shapers, Guy Okazaki, as well as from Lost, Channel Islands, Shred the Gnar, Donald Takayama Collection (by Surftech) and more. Wet suits? The shop has both kinds: Rip Curl and O'Neill. There are skateboards, bikinis, board shorts and ding repairs for your stick right on site. You can even rescue one of Rider Shack's dozens of used boards just to make sure it doesn't end up as furniture or wall art at an Abbot Kinney interior design boutique. Be a hero.

LA Weekly