Best Surf Shops, June 2012

The Becker empire is shrinking a smidge: The Encinitas store recently closed, and the inventory is on sale at a temporary annex next to the Malibu location. But both the Hermosa Beach and Malibu shops, named for the creations of master shaper Phil Becker, are going strong. The former favors the shortboards perfect for the crazy-fast South Bay waves, while the latter stocks plenty of longboards capable of maneuvering the Malibu point breaks. Each store has racks galore of the beach wear of choice: blouses, skirts, and hooded sweaters by RVCA, Element, Billabong, and Volcom.