Can Surf Shop Dubai bring surf gear to the masses? Carl De Villiers says yes
So, is there a big surfing community in Dubai? After going down to the beach when I arrived in Dubai I knew there was potential for a large surfing community. This inspired me to open my store. The interest in surfing is much bigger than I anticipated, mainly among the expats, which has only increased since we opened the store back in April – it’s been great.
Where can you catch the best surf in Dubai? The beach at JBR and Sunset Beach by the Burj Al Arab are probably the most popular surfing spots. I post the surf conditions on www.surfersofdubai.com every morning so surfers can pick the best beaches to go to without leaving the house.
Are your customers stereotypical ‘surfer dudes’ or do you get a mix of people? We get the most interesting mix of people in the shop. Our customers are mainly expats at beginner or intermediate level. We’ve also had visitors from all over the UAE and, most recently, from Saudi.
What sort of gear do you have? We carry over 40 different styles of board to suit any budget, as well as second hand boards. We can also make custom-made surf boards so you can come to us and choose the style and artwork of each unique board. We stock surf accessories as well –travel bags, repair kits, clothing and loads more.
A percentage of your profit goes to charity. What made you want to donate? Surfing with sharks makes you aware how volatile they are to hunting so Saving sharks is an important charity to us. Surf Aid helps underprivileged regions around the world connected through surfing.
What are the professional surfers into at the moment? Paddle-boarding is getting real interest. It’s an awesome way to exercise and to enjoy the waves.
We can’t get the boards in quick enough! We hear that you’re setting up a surf school in Dubai too. We’re opening a surf school for kids and adults towards the end of this year. We want to encourage more locals to learn to surf in the UAE, so lessons for them will start off being free of charge. Finally, your website should be launches near the end of the month. Until then, how can we find out more information about the store? Apart from coming into the store in International City, our Facebook group ‘Surf Shop Dubai’, is probably the easiest way. The group has been so popular that it looks like we’re set to be the biggest sports-based group from the UAE. Surf Shop Dubai, Shop 14, Russia Court, International City. 04 422 1232