In Los Angeles, serious skateboarding is not just for tricksters. For many, these rolling planks are modes of transportation; for others, they’re a way to move a heavy load. Whatever the chosen practice for this inventive means of moving, Angelenos demand a diverse selection to fit the right bill — and to come off as groovy as possible in the process. Consider the following five best skateboarding shops to be found in Los Angeles.
Soul Skating LA
770 S. Boyle Ave.
Boyle Heights, CA 90023
Hours: Mon to Thur – 12 p.m. to 8 p.m., Fri – 12 p.m. to 7 p.m., Sat – 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sun – 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
As the name suggests, this outfit is devoted to skateboarding culture in every sense, from running workshops to hosting events devoted to what has become a global athletic movement. As for the SK8 shop within Soul Skating LA, expect an alluring array of decks, accessories and art to equip customers ready to ride at nearby Hollenbeck Park Skate Plaza, only one block south of this full-service store, or in any of the other skate parks provided by the City of Angels.
12015 Venice Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90066
Hours: Mon to Sat – 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sun – 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Hanging around the wild and crazy Venice boardwalk scene can make a person suddenly want to to take part by skating on wheels of any type. For a quick skateboard purchase to use then and there, and then, afterward, stop by this handy shop for basic needs as well as quick repair parts should that be necessary to be on your way to board in full view of the mighty Pacific.
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2420 Hyperion Avenue
Hours: Mon to Fri – 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., Sat – 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., Sun – 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
This small shop frequented by locals and situated on the line that divides Silver Lake and Los Feliz has been around for generations as arguably the oldest of its type in Los Angeles. Beginners are welcome here where experienced customers often pitch in with suggestions, comparing notes with knowledgeable staff who have customers up and boarding in as much time as it takes to climb up the steep hill that fronts this skateboarder’s mecca. By the way, after that, the ride down to Hyperion Ave. is a breeze.
110 S San Pedro St
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Hours: Sun to Tues – 12 p.m. – 8 p.m., Wed to Sat – 12 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Non Factory staff live and breathe skateboarding so much so that their shop runs a team devoted to the sport. Beyond competing in local and regional competitions (many won by this particular team), these athletic folks who frequent this Little Tokyo outlet know this is the go-to place for hardware, wheels, longboards and, of course, short boards, as well as the latest in hipster skateboard garb, too. Buyers can expect expert service from this downtown haven that not only includes board and foot sizing for the best ride, but also helpful advice about which product is best for that customer’s particular needs.
Collective Skate Shop
3105 West 6th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90020
Hours: Mon to Sat – 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sun – 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Flocks of street boarders frequent Koreatown, so this area shop comes in handy for those rollers who not only depend on this spot for its convenience during a breakdown, but also when looking to restore or replace the ride of the moment. From start-up brands to the latest and greatest names out there, boards abound in this friendly outlet that even carries spray paint. Talk about full service.
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Los Angeles freelance travel writer Jane Lasky, contributes to publications such as Travel + Leisure, Vogue and Esquire. Her weekly sojourning column ran in 40 newspapers for 20 years. Jane is anything but an accidental tourist. Check out her articles on Examiner.com.