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What Wetsuit Thickness Do I Need for San Diego?

July 20, 2017

Southern California is known for its consistently warm weather, beautiful beaches, tan bodies and of course, surfing. From rippable beach breaks like Blacks to the...

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Surf Etiquette: A Refresher Course

July 20, 2017

Ah, summer, a wonderful time for tourists and residents alike to enjoy the beautiful beaches of San Diego. While there’s plenty of room for all...

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Full Speed Ahead

July 18, 2017

Travel addicted - hiking to the peak of Mt. Masada, Israel, 2015 As I mentioned in a previous post – I have some pretty big...

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Summer Surfboard Guide

July 12, 2017

At first, I was going to write a post for all of you about various types of boards that are great for summer, but as...

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Hansen's Instagram Giveaway Contest

July 11, 2017

Its GIVEAWAY TIME! Our friends at Famous Surf @famoussurf are giving YOU the biggest Instagram Giveaway we have ever done! It includes everything pictured here:1 6' Deluxe Famous...

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No Place Like Home (in Encinitas CA)

June 30, 2017

That’s me at Pipes a few months ago. Photo by Chris Grant Hi there! My name is Stephanie Schechter, and I am a 21-year-old surfer...

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Hansen's Annual Fourth Of July Sale

June 28, 2017

Score amazing deals at our Annual 4th of July Sale! With up to 50% OFF of selected swimwear, sportswear, casual wear, backpacks, footwear, wetsuits and...

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What You Need to Start Ocean Swimming

June 16, 2017

The sport of ocean swimming is not for everyone. It is particular to a certain type of person….one who eschews the comfort of a warm...

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Peak to Peak Part 4 - Hawaii, Hap and Hobie: How Hansen Surfboards Took Shape

June 07, 2017

In Peak to Peak Part 4, we pick up with Don living on the North Shore of Oahu as he works to grow his surfboard...

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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!