CHARLES ROBERTSON – FRONTSIDE BOARDSLIDE

Your Guide to Sydney’s Best Skate Shops


Ever thought about picking up a skateboard and don’t know where to start?

First thing to know is that skateboarders are inherently jaded, opinionated and standoffish to outsiders trying to enter their world. If this sounds like it’s for you, then use the list to get pointed in the right direction. You’ll be bad-mouthing those mall shop patrons with your homies at the local park in no time.

In all seriousness though, if you love skateboarding, support it. The easiest and first way to do this is to shop at stores that are either owned by skaters, or people who are giving something back to the skateboarding community by stocking Australian brands and sponsoring a local team. We caught up with the team riders of our favourite shops, to learn more about why you should hit their spots up if you’re around the Sydney area.

Dylan Monk – Bastard Plant

Boarders

Shop team skater

Dylan Monk.

Why should people visit the shop?

To annoy Dean Parsons, and the staff can actually skate.

What’s the most memorable story involving the shop?

When the original ‘Boarders Inc.’ in Long Reef burnt down. My friends and I all scored cheap shoes and boards thanks to smoke damage.

646 Pittwater Rd, Brookvale NSW 2100

Jack Paterson – Frontside 180

335

Shop team skater

Jack Paterson.

Why should people visit the shop?

It’s the coolest place in the universe, Greg is a sick cunt and it’s got a better team than UPS.

What’s the most memorable story involving the shop?

The night of the premiere of the 335 video. The video was so good that someone got glassed during my part. The whole team got fucked up collectively and partied until returning to the store the following day.

335 Stanmore Rd, Petersham NSW 2049

Levi Jarvis – Wallie

Lodown

Shop team skater

Levi Jarvis.

Why should people visit the shop?

Why the fuck wouldn’t you?

What’s the most memorable story involving the shop?

The ones I don’t remember are the best, I guess. I flew down Caringbah train station stairs in a trolley and landed at the cops feet. The captains of my trolley ship were none other than Gavin (shop owner) and Squish (teammate). Every time I walk into that shop it’s a pleasure, it’s my home and they are my family.

140 Cronulla St, Cronulla NSW 2230

Cody Riley – Backside Ollie

STM

Shop team skater

Cody Riley.

Why should people visit the shop?

STM is a locally owned store that’s been in business for 20 years, and the local skateboarder has also been the manager of the store for the past eight years. Everything is up to date with the newest shit, there’s a huge selection, and there’s always a nice vibe in store.

What’s the most memorable story involving the shop?

One recent memorable moment was the Tyre Kickers video premiere at 107 Projects in Redfern that showcased some of our team riders. We worked with Leo on the event, fun was had, vibe was sick! Also one can’t forget the joint Xmas party with UPS/355/Lodown last year.

426 Oxford St, Bondi Junction NSW 2022

Robert Macalister – Backside Blunt

Kingpin

Shop team skater

Robert Macalister.

Why should people visit the shop?

Hands down, best shop in Western Sydney.

What’s the most memorable story involving the shop?

Opening of the Wollongong shop. Don’t remember a thing.

1/552 High St, Penrith NSW 2751

Charles Roberston – Frontside Boardslide

U.P.S.

Shop team skater

Charles Robertson.

Why should people visit the shop?

Both Dan and Faz are both the friendliest shop owners so it’s always a good visit. They stock the best stuff and basically have everything you could want in a small shop. It’s also in a prime location right on the edge of the city.

What’s the most memorable story involving the shop?

Going on trips with the whole team like the Skate Copa Melbourne Comp or the little trip to Port Macquarie we did a while ago. The team is the best so it’s always really fun.

Central Park Shopping Centre, 28 Broadway, Chippendale NSW 2008.

Ben James – Kickflip

ABD (Bonus Wildcard)

Shop team skater

Ben James.

Why should people visit the shop?

They’ve only been open a few months, but friend and shop rider Benny assures me they’re in it for the right reasons. The shop is in a prime location for the Sydney city skate spots and only really sells skateboarder-owned brands.

What’s the most memorable story involving the shop?

Watching CCTV footage on Sundays of the drunken mess from the weekend is always entertaining.

6/6-14 Oxford St, Darlinghurst NSW 2010

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