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Freedom Surf Shop has been a mainstay of the Virginia Beach surf community since 2005. Upon entering our doors strangers become friends over long talks about the latest shortboard, longboard, SUP or wetsuit design and on our blog the conversation continues.

Justin Quintal x Black Rose MFG.

Justin Quintal x Black Rose MFG.

With a few weeks of late hurricane activity severely impacting our beloved east coast + a fiery presidential race, we have all been stuck in a weird place! Take a breather and watch shop amigo Justin Quintal make the best of late September sessions at his home in Jacksonville, FL on a few personal Black Rose MFG. boards!
Shout out to all families and local businesses affected by Hurricane Matthew. Hope all is well!
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Eric Arakawa

Eric Arakawa

What do you know about Eric Arakawa?

Eric, the man behind the brands Hawaiian Island Creations (HIC), Island Classics and Eric Arakawa Designs, was born and raised in Hawaii where he began shaping at the age of 14. His shapes have been ridden by countless Hawaiian and international pros on the WQS and the WCT, but most famously Eric was the man behind Andy Irons' surfboards for much of his time on tour. Thanks to his experience working with countless pro surfers, Eric's boards not only surf well in the powerful swells of the Hawaiian Islands, but also in a variety of breaks around the world, including Virginia Beach and some of his most dynamic shapes are ones best suited for our less than perfect surf (including the Stubby, Slingshot and Bandit). In 2003, the year Andy won his second of 3 consecutive World Championships, Eric was recognized as Surfing Magazine's shaper of the year.

Simon Anderson

Some may know, and some may not. Simon Anderson reshaped surfing for for the generations to come by introducing the modern day thruster on what was then the most sizable / perfect right point anyone has seen on tour at Bells Beach in 1981. With ease and powerfulness, Simon demonstrated what was capable on a thruster. Since then 8,197,342 three fin thrusters have been built around the globe and 33 world titles have been won using a thruster. We have a lot to thank Simon Anderson, and we are stoked to carry a variety of models in the shop! Get yours TODAY!
Cruise through the 2016 catalog - https://issuu.com/kayleneharvey/docs/simon_catalogue_website
Or visit - http://simonandersonsurfboards.com/au/

Tavarua from Above

Tavarua from Above

Some beautiful drone footage from the most recent Men's WCT event in Fiji.

The Starboard Whopper - More Arriving Friday, June 3rd

The Starboard Whopper - More Arriving Friday, June 3rd

This Friday we'll have one of our favorite SUP models, the Whopper by Starboard, coming back into stock. The Whopper is the perfect all around shape, with enough beef to float an adult and child or the biggest member of your family, and the dimensions to handle a fun day paddling flatwater or in the surf.

Under the Radar: The Almond Butter

Under the Radar: The Almond Butter

With all the buzz around Tomo and Kelly Slater's collaborations some of Firewire's other fresh-for-2016 shapes have flown under the radar including one we've been riding and absolutely stoked on, the Almond Butter by Rob Machado. In this video Rob shows off what the shape is capable of and talks about some of its design features.

David Carson - All for a Few Good Waves

David Carson - All for a Few Good Waves

World famous graphic designer David Carson talks life, work and surf in this little bio. If you've never heard of the man or seen footage of Kane Garden then this one's a must watch.

Sunova SUP Demo Boards Available for the Next 10 Days!!!

Sunova SUP Demo Boards Available for the Next 10 Days!!!

We figured we would wet your appetite with this review of the Sunova Speeed SUP model before urging you to come in and demo a Sunova or 3 at some point over the next week or two. The SUP surf community has been stoked on the way these boards have performed and now you can see what all the fuss is about all you have to do is bring a valid driver's license and credit card (which won't get run unless you disappear on us), fill out some paperwork and go paddle - what could be easier?

The Mini Howard by Takayama

The Mini Howard by Takayama

After eyeing this model for a couple of years we finally have it in! The Mini-Howard is a versatile 2+1 egg that will work in just about anything - big, small, blown out or perfect, and inject a ton of soul into your surfing. Check out Devon Howard (the model's namesake) riding his and then swing by the shop to feel ours up.

The Arrival of the Hokule'a

The Arrival of the Hokule'a

In 1978 Eddie Aikau jumped on his surfboard and paddled away from the capsized Hokule'a on a mission to find help. The crew of the Hokule'a was later rescued, but Aikau was never seen again. So begins the most famous (for surfers at least) chapter of the Hokule'a, a traditional sailing canoe built in the 70's to rediscover and recreate a sense of what was possible for the Ancient Polynesians.

Today the Hokule'a is sailing again and currently finds itself in the 2nd half of a worldwide voyage that began in 2013 and is expected to conclude next year, and one of the stops and that voyage is Hampton Roads. Slated to arrive today (Friday, April 22nd) at the James River Fishing Pier in Newport News where it will spend 24hrs before heading to the Riverwalk Landing Marina in Yorktown for close to 2 weeks. During that period a series of special events with the crew of the Hokule'a will be held at the Mariner's Museum.

Check out the Hokule'a's website fore more info about all of the exciting events to come, and check out this video on the Hokule'a for a better idea of how amazing this ship and voyage are.

Introducing ourCASTE

Introducing ourCASTE

Another of our new for 2016 brands is ourCASTE, which is like Roark's older, slightly more responsible brother. Modern fits, meet fresh, clean styles and technical embellishments to make sure you get the most out of your gear no matter the situation. You can see tons of new styles from the ourCASTE gang on our shelves now, so swing by!

SIC Bullet

SIC Bullet

2016 has been a year of changes for us when it comes to our SUP selection. We've dumped one or two of the old brands and brought in several more world class brands to fill out our offering. SIC SUPs out of Maui is one of our more exciting additions to the lineup this year as it provides us with a proper downwind SUP for the first time. This class of board lets us tap into open ocean adventures and is an incredible mixture of surf and race elements (even our buddies who hate the grind of paddling any type of distance love downwinders). Check out this video from SIC on their Bullet one of the more versatile boards in their range and a world class downwind model and afterwards swing by the shop and check one out in person.

Roxy + Black Rose = Kelia Moniz

Roxy + Black Rose = Kelia Moniz

Summer is fast approaching and with it tons of goods from our favorite brands. Two very different companies, both of which have new product coming into Freedom over the next week or two, share one of our favorite surfers in common, Kelia Moniz. Long time Roxy athlete and more recently the first team rider for Justin Quintal's new longboard line, Black Rose, Kelia has the surfing lifestyle pretty dialed as you can see from this clip from Roxy! 

Freedom Surf x Sunova Demo

Freedom Surf x Sunova Demo

We were stoked to host the gang at Sunova a couple weeks ago for a couple of SUP demos and a shop hang out. Our hope is to do it all over again at some point this summer, so if you missed out dry your eyes, watch this video and stay tuned for info on the next one. If you made it to the most recent demo then you have our permission to jump up and down and scream "that's me!" during this video. In any case Sunova SUPs are in store now, so you should probably come take a peak.

Roark Revival - Live to Tell the Story or Die Trying

Roark Revival - Live to Tell the Story or Die Trying

Hands down our favorite brand to emerge over the past couple of years has been Roark Revival. Each season sees the brand take fresh inspiration from an exotic locale visited by a talented team of designers and athletes. Check out this video to see what Roark has in store for us summer 2016.