Sure, if all you want out of a surf shop is a place to buy boards and wetsuits, OC is chock-a-block with them. But if you’re looking for a shop with the personality and culture that has made the surf community stick together for the past several decades, there’s only one option. For as suburban and rich as most of Newport Beach is now, the old-school surf culture is still there with the Froghouse. Much like how Blackie’s is the bar for those yearning for the days when Newport was more about surfing than real estate, the Froghouse is a jam-packed trip through time to the era of OC’s peak surf culture.
6908 W. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, (949) 642-5690.
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