I visited the Tropical Blends Surf Shop at 907 South Queen Street here in Honolulu, Hawaii and took a look at surf heaven. In the last year, the store has more than doubled in size, largely due to the growing interest in stand up paddle gear.
The shop, which is owned by Jim Hayes, now has three rooms to display their full line of surfboards and standups. In the standup areas, they have molded pvc boards, customs, demos and all sorts of prototypes. It’s wall to wall and floor to ceiling surf gear at Tropical Blends. Mark Raaphorst’s F14 is also here.
There’s a lot to see inside the shop with a stock of roughly 80+ high quality custom surfboards made by some of the best shapers in the industry, souvenir shirts, Vibram Five Finger Shoes, StandUp Journal mag and accessories.
There’s a mixture of shortboards and longboards with bright colors, different shapes and interesting designs. It’s a perfect hangout for surfers of all ages and there’s always a story to be told. The staff is knowledgeable and can help with board and gear selection.
The new SUP boards on display were the Wahine 10′6″ for the ladies, the Moku 11′7″, the Kaie’e 10′6″, and the Luana 10′9″.
I took a short video and some pictures of the StandUp shop and boards that were on display.