Mollusk Surf Shop

Best Surf Shops, June 2012

Between the exposed-wood interior and its location in the Abbot Kinney neighborhood, Mollusk Surf Shop looks like a Venice boutique. But the board selection is serious stuff, from the eggs by Gary Hanel to the pigs by Marc Andreini to the stokers by Bruce Fowler, with demo boards of Fowler’s latest designs available for daylong use. This is the only shop in L.A. County that sells the environmentally sensitive Patagonia wet suits—pricey but with ironclad warranties (we’re waiting for warmer weather to try the two-millimeter version). Mollusk also stocks the superflexible Nineplus wet suits, made from high-tech Japanese rubber and coated with a finish that acts like a windbreaker. This Southern California outpost of the San Francisco mothership carries the Mollusk line of tees, which sport graceful renderings of pelicans, sea urchins, and anemones. You can also feel the Bay Area influence in the wide array of surf books and DVDs.