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Best Used Sporting Goods Stores In Orange County

September 18, 2012 6:00 AM

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The easiest way to up the ante on your next getaway or shake up your fitness routine is to try out a new sport. And when it comes to sports, especially of the outdoor variety, there’s no better place to take advantage of the landscape than in southern California. Rather than investing in new sporting apparel, gear and accessories, try a less expensive route: rent for the day, buy used or trade your old gear for something better. Check out these top five shops for the best in snorkel and scuba gear, camping equipment, surfboards, bikes, skateboards and more – at a fraction of the cost.

SCUBA/ DIVE/ SNORKEL

Sports Chalet
16242 Beach Blvd
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
(714) 848-0988
www.sportchalet.com

One of biggest adrenaline rushes can be found just under the water while breathing. Scuba diving allows you to float away from the ocean’s surface, deeply inhaling and exhaling, while becoming submerged into harmonious sea life unlike anything found on land. For beginners, the best place to start is through classes in a pool. Visit the instructors at Sports Chalet Huntington Beach and take advantage of the on-site pool and classes for all levels. Veterans – fill up on air, rent gear or schedule a boat charter.

CAMP

REI – Huntington Beach
777 Edinger Ave, Suite 138
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
(714) 379-1938
www.rei.com

Autumn is the perfect time to head to one of California’s state parks not only to beat the crowds but also to enjoy ideal weather. For just $18, rent a two-man tent for the night, paying $8 for every additional day. Camp like a pro and rent all the additional essentials needed for a cozy escape into the wild: a camp stove, sleeping bags, pads and a backpack. Take advantage of one of REI’s free classes and learn how to set up the perfect camp kitchen or visit one of its garage sales and receive 50 to 90 percent off of gently-used equipment.

Related: Best Campgrounds Around Orange County

SURF

Sakal Surfboards
201A Main St
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
(714) 536-0505
www.sakalsurfboards.com

Whether you’re after a new or used board, Sakal Surfboards at the Huntington Beach Pier is the place to find the best in both long boards and short boards. Family owned and operated and handmade in the U.S.A, this surf haven offers a special trade-in deal: trade in your current board and get a new board for $300. Additionally, with any new board purchase, there’s a two-week guarantee: if you don’t love your board within two weeks, bring it back and Sakal will custom shape a new board at no additional cost. Hang loose and discover why this sport makes southern California so popular.

Zach’s Surf Shop
Zach’s Pier Plaza
405 Pacific Coast Highway
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
(714) 536-0215
www.zachshb.com

If you live inland, it’s easy to become discouraged by the idea of hauling your bikes down to the beach for a pedal – especially if you don’t have a bike rack. The easiest way to get cruising along the beach is to rent a beach cruiser for $10 an hour or $30 for the day with Zach’s Surf Shop. If you’re heading to the beach with a group, try renting a pedal cart – not only does this seat six to eight people, there’s no doubt you’ll enjoy a few laughs along the way too.

SKATE /VOLLEY/ TENNIS

OC Sports Xchange
1016 N Tustin Ave
Orange, CA 92867
(714) 633-1976

If you’ve got used sports gear cluttering up your house, exchange it for cash or swap it for a newer item you might actually use. OC Sports Exchange provides the perfect chance to re-spark an old flame and get active with a variety of sports ranging from skateboarding, volleyball, tennis and more. With an average southern California temperature of 75 degrees year-round, there’s no excuse not to take advantage of the endless miles of boardwalk, volleyball nets and tennis courts – for free.

Jessica Blotter has 10 years experience in the advertising industry and is founder of Publicly Loved – at the heart of brands, causes and events. As an author of two regional travel blogs with CBS Local and Examiner.com, she has produced more than 30 published articles covering regional getaway destinations and charitable events. Follow her onTwitter @publiclyloved.

 

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