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The Legendary Stories of Don Hansen


Distant Shores, Different Stores - Finbox Supply Co.

November 16, 2017

I was worried I wouldn’t be able to find the shop... It wasn’t a problem. While I’m away from home, I unfortunately can’t just pop...

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Five Neat Things About Australia!

November 10, 2017

Oh yeah, it's super beautiful here. As I approach the one month mark since my arrival in Australia, I thought it would be fun to...

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The Great Van Hunt Part Two

November 07, 2017

Always wear proper safety gear when using tools, kids. Don’t worry everyone (I’m sure you were all worried), I FOUND A VAN! The Mitsubishi Express...

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The Great Van Hunt

October 30, 2017

The ‘82 Transporter that just wasn’t meant to be. Since the earliest stages of planning this trip, I have had the idea in my head...

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Snow Sale & Swap 2017

October 26, 2017

2017 SNOW SALE & SWAP Starting this Saturday, October 28th through Friday, November 3rd,bring your gently used snow clothing and equipment into the shop and...

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Singapore Struggles and Successes

October 20, 2017

First there was rain, then there was a rainbow, but alas, there was no pot of gold. I expected my transit experience from Sri Lanka...

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Ski & Snowboard Rental & Repair

October 18, 2017

As the days begin to shorten, the early morning temperatures drop and the crisp winds chill the tips of your ears. Even in the evenings...

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Onwards and Downwards

October 11, 2017

Thanks to photographer Robbie Jack, for trusting me not to send my board straight into his camera lens. After two months of tropical surf and...

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What Surfboard Is Right For You?

October 06, 2017

Hansen’s officially started making surfboards in 1960 when legendary founder, Don Hansen, began shaping under his name in a small Hawaiian shack on the North...

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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!