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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.

SURFBOARDS DESIGNED FOR SURFING NOT FASHION - MICHEL JUNOD SURFBOARDS

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Master surfboard shapers don't come around all to often. We are thrilled with the addition of Michel Junod surfboards to our boardroom assortment. From the days of strictly 9 1/2 foot surfboards, Michel has been through the shaping roll coaster for over 50 years. Known for single-fin logs, quad fishes, and performance shapes he has successfully carved a career in surfboard manufacturing where he resides in Santa Cruz, CA. In 2007 he was featured in Thomas Campbells film 'The Present' where he strolled across Western Africa with rippers like Al Knost & Dave Rastavich. Michel and Thomas have collaborated on surfboard design ever since and his art work can be found on all of his recent boards.
A true pioneer of the "ride everything" movement. Heres what we have on our racks!

- 10' Easy Rider (yellow)
- 9'4 Easy Rider (green/yellow)
- 9'4 Easy Rider (teal)
- 5'11 Fish (yellow)
- 6'2 Egg (red)
- 7'6 Carver (gold)

Follow | https://www.facebook.com/surfjunod/ & @micheljunodsurfboards

 JUNOD SURFBOARDS at FREEDOM SURF SHOP - VIRGINIA BEACH, VA

JUNOD SURFBOARDS at FREEDOM SURF SHOP - VIRGINIA BEACH, VA

Meet your shaper series by our friends at Mollusk Surf Shop

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CJ Nelson Designs

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Our shops short 13 year history has shown no shortage of selling the best surf craft east of the Mississippi. This Spring we are carrying on the tradition with the newest addition to our board room CJ Nelson Designs!
CJ is one of our generations iconic surfers most known for his advanced nose riding and STYLE. Being featured in modern classic surf flicks like Sprout, The Present, and many other epic parts have showcased his amazing talents. With a new perspective on surfing as well as surfboard design over the past years he has collaborated with some of the best shapers and experimented thoroughly with new materials to progress not only his craft, but for all surfers who share the same perspective. Recently CJ took the win at Mexi Log festival & won his first Joel Tudor Duct Tape Invitational in La Saladita, Mexico on his newest model The Guerrero. For more stories behind the shapes feel free to visit - https://cjnelsondesigns.com.

We'll have a full range of boards from CJ Nelson Designs in collaborations with Ian Chisholm, Corey Colapinto, and Eden Saul for 2018. 
We are stoked to be one of few dealers on the East Coast | For any questions feel free to pop by the shop OR give us a ring at (757) 491-0266!

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"Surfing is our Santuary,The Shop is our Shrine & Saltwater is our Wine"

November 2017: Over a few post surf beers, a brainstorming session offered up a Holiday Marketing Campaign that tried to define the nature of our shop and the stoke it resonated.  The concept was as simple as this: " Surfing is our sanctuary, The Shop is our Shrine & Saltwater is our Wine." We would execute this campaign by offering up a weekly photo contest, that best described  what surfing means to you! We also got creative with our Holiday exterior windows and tied in Tibetan Prayer Flags (which represented a sacred place)  surrounded by images that we felt best conveyed our beliefs. The outside of the windows were painted with words that we wished to share with our community.

The weekly photo contest kind of petered out, as some ventures do. But the words created that November evening have proven to be powerful! This year Freedom Surf Shop will celebrate 13 years of being in business. A lot has changed in those 13 years, but the one thing that has not is our passion for surfing and celebrating it through our shop.

2018 will offer up more of what you have come to expect! More surfboards, a amazing selection of SUPS,  Girls and Guys clothing that you can't find instantly at the touch of your phone. But most of all we will offer our knowledge and friendship, with humility and respect to all that walk though our sacred doors.

Get out and surf. Find your sanctuary. . .  Then come see us .

 

 

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!
If you haven't kept up with anything recent with Black Rose simply follow :
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/blackrosemfg/?fref=ts
Insta - @blkrsemfg
Web - http://blackrosemfg.com

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/

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.