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The Coastal Connection

2 Ratings: 4.0
Skateboard Shop/Art Gallery in Hermosa Beach, CA

http://www.thecoastalconnection.net/      Address: 131 Pier Ave, Hermosa Beach CA, 90254   Phone: 310.374.7800      Skateboard shop/Art gallery on Pier Ave in Hermosa Beach that sells everything … see full wiki

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Coastal Connection Is Hermosa Beach's Newest Skate Shop....

  • Oct 13, 2009
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A while ago, I had received a skateboard deck as a gift from an acquaintance who had heard I loved skateboarding but, hadn't been in almost a decade. A skateboard deck is the actual skateboard minus the wheels, trucks, grip tape and hardware that turn it into transportation. Every day that I go to the Pier, I look wistfully at the skateboarders being pulled by their dogs. But, it sat in my apartment for a while because I am Queen of Procrastination when it comes to stuff that I want but, don't really need. That all changed when Coastal Connection opened up down the street from my house, I couldn't put it off any longer. One Saturday morning, @Nando1 and I decided to check it out.

A laid back, blonde-haired, blue-eyed skater was behind the counter and welcomed us with a quick and warm smile. We looked around the shop which looks like an art gallery, with skateboards on one wall that looked much more like art than something you'd use to cruise the Strand and amazing art by local artists on the opposite wall. They design their own decks in the back of the store and shape their own boards, which is pretty unique for a skate shop.

There are two glass display cases which make up the front counter. In the one to the left, you have everything you need to build a skateboard plus stickers and skateboarding DVDs. The one to the right has hand blown glass art that range in sizes, artfully displayed.

The shop is small with one rack of T-shirts in the middle. They have plans to take over the shop next door and make that the clothing shop but, they have to deal with the psychic that has leased it but, hasn't moved in yet. Maybe she saw their wish in her crystal ball and no, I'm not making this up- I love Hermosa!

I asked our new skater friend Gabe if they ever had any store events, since it had enough space and seemed to support local artists and if they ever had any DJs ;) He said that they are going to start art shows once a month where they will have drinks, music and art.

My brand new skateboard with Independent trucks, new wheels, and a cool Rude Boy grip tape design to match the bottom of my deck totaled $90. They also have a stack of complete skateboards (already built) in the front window which range from $130-$200 and are mostly longboards.

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October 13, 2009
I don't skate, but I love tagging along my skater friends to skate shops.  It's like going to an art gallery!  Did you put together the skateboard yourself?  Or did you have them do it for you?  Sounds fun either way! :)
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