Skateboarding made its debut on the West Coast in the 1950s to help surfers build their board skills, even when the waves were flat for the day. Since then, skating has gained major popularity, morphing into its own sport and culture. Whether you skateboard for fun or to get around town, check out these DC-area shops for all your skateboarding needs.
2220 14th St. Northwest
Washington, DC 20009
Hours: Mon to Sat – 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sun – 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
From new skateboards to shoes to gear, Palace 5ive has it all. Known for its minimalist street-vibe design and helpful customer service representatives, Palace 5ive provides an awesome selection of skateboards and garments from all the hottest skateboarding brands, including Girl, Deathwish, DGK and Anti-Hero. The shop also provides footwear, eyewear and accessories from popular brands such as Adidas and Stussy.
Alpine Ski and Skate Shop
21999 Shaw Rd.
Sterling, VA 20164
Hours: Mon to Fri – 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sat – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sun – 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Visit the Alpine Ski and Skate Shop in Sterling and find all the latest in skateboards, longboards and skateboarding gear. Popular skateboarding brands available at the shop include Plan B, Element and Flip. For more than 40 years, the Alpine Ski and Skate Shop has catered to the ski, skate and snowboard needs of DC Metro area residents. There’s no need to worry about getting the wrong product as each customer service representative provides helpful recommendations and advice based on his or her own experiences with the particular product. The shop also provides inline skates and gear, skis, ski boots, snowboards, snowboard boots and clothing.
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East Coast Board Shop
10358 Lee Hwy.
Fairfax, VA 22030
Hours: Mon to Fri – 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sat – 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sun – 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Learn new skateboarding tricks, update your skateboarding equipment or create your own skateboard at East Coast Board Shop. The shop provides gear including parts and accessories, decks, wheels, trucks, helmets and pads as well as pre-assembled longboards, shortboards, skating videos, books and magazines, and ramps and rails. The shop also caters to other action sports products and gear for surfing, wakeboarding, skiing, snowboarding and snowskating.
207 N. Market St.
Frederick, MD 21701
Hours: Mon to Sat – 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sun – 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
If you like to try before you buy, head on over to Pitcrew in Frederick. The shop provides demos to take for a spin around the shop before you plop down your hard-earned cash. The shop also provides the latest brands in skateboards and gear, including Alien Workshop, Chocolate and Toy Machine. Check out Pitcrew’s old-school skateboard decks, complete longboards as well as a wide variety of wheels, trucks, bearings and other skateboard hardware. The shop also provides shoes, clothing, accessories, safety gear and more for men, women and children as well as skiing and snowboarding products, accessories and gear.
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Roll Skate Shop
16650 Georgia Ave.
Olney, MD 20832
Hours: Mon to Thurs – 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Fri – 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Sat – 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Sun – 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Roll Skate Shop provides more than just skateboards and gear, it also hosts educational and drug and violence-free skating events for kids and adults alike. Find all of the latest skateboarding gear and brands including Zoo York, Spitfire and Banshee Bungee. The shop also hosts skateboarding lessons for kids ages three and up, skateboarding demos, competitions and movie nights. Come here for all of that, plus skateboarding hardware, wheels, tracks, boards, ramps, decals and stickers as well as inline and roller skates and bodyboards.
Susan Diranian is a freelance writer living in Ashburn, VA. She is covering Travel & Outdoors. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.