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Family Down Under

May 18, 2018

It has been so fun to have my mom here in Australia, especially for Mother’s Day! Over the past seven months, I’ve had a handful...

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The Byron Bay General Store

May 14, 2018

When your meal is this pretty, you’re allowed to take a picture. This week, my post is dedicated to one of the establishments where I...

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5 Clips To Get You Fired Up To Surf

May 13, 2018

Far too often, we go check our local surf spot and the waves are, for lack of a better word, haggard. Whether it’s a marginal...

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Yeah The Girls

May 06, 2018

All-girls party waves are even more fun when there’s more than one girl in the water! Photo by Alex Roberts , shooting for Solsoya ....

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Two Days Down the Coast

April 27, 2018

Liv’s trusty steed - a 1993 Toyota Townace named Greg. This past weekend, I ran into my friend Olivia Donnelly, who is originally from Santa...

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The Single Fin Mingle

April 20, 2018

The artwork for the Single Fin Mingle, all created by the talented Bradley King, is hands down some of the coolest art I have ever...

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Green Trends Down Under!

April 19, 2018

Just me in the big blue sea, in a Sol Soya swimsuit made of recycled materials. Photo by Remi Bedora. Although an annual Earth Day...

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World Tour Spooked Out of WA

April 18, 2018

As all surfers know, when we step off the continent and paddle out, there is an inherent risk associated with this decision. To put it...

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#CheersMick - 5 Reasons Why We Will Always Remember Mick Fanning

April 12, 2018

As the tour makes its way to West Oz for the third and final stop of the Australian leg, it’s with mixed emotions as a...

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The Hansen Surf Shop Story

In the early 1960s, Don Hansen returned home to Cardiff, California from an epic surf season on the North Shore of Oahu and opened up Hansen Surfboards. As the 1960s were a time of radical progression in the surf world, by the 1970s surfing was transforming from an outcast lifestyle sport into a mainstream source of recreation for California families.

Identifying the need for a quality surf shop, Don moved his operation up the street to Encinitas and opened up Hansen Surfboards, a retail store located directly across the street from the world renowned wave at Swami’s. Still family owned and operated, Hansen’s is San Diego County’s preeminent surf retailer.

Hansen’s has become much more than a surf shop and now stands as pillar of the community, offering a place for surfers, beach enthusiasts and travelers alike to shop, learn and talk story. With a knowledgeable staff that lives and breathes the surf and beach lifestyle, Hansen’s prides itself on selling fun!

With over 20,000 square feet of retail space, a large selection of today’s top surf and fashion brands and an expert staff, shopping at Hansen’s is truly an experience. We carry all of surfing’s most prominent labels including: Quiksilver, Billabong, Rip Curl, O’Neill, Volcom, Hurley, RVCA and Roxy as well as fashion forward brands like: Brixton, Nixon, RAEN and Vissla.

For over 55 years, Hansen Surfboards has led the way in both surfboard production and surf and fashion retail. From our large selection of over 500 surfboards, ski and snowboard shop and huge selection of boardshorts, surf clothing, wetsuits and sandals, Hansen’s has everything you need to keep you looking and feeling coastal cool.

Shop online or stop in today and allow Hansen’s experienced and professional staff help you find the right beach and surf wear and equipment, so you can enjoy the stoke of a life lived to the fullest!