When taking up a thrillingly dangerous hobby, the right equipment can mean the difference between success and a future filled with not-dangerous hobbies like golf, or drooling. So, before you join the burgeoning New York surfing craze, grab a board from Mollusk.
The Brooklyn twin of a revered San Fran shop, just-opened Mollusk specializes in exclusive boards from top shapers like Manny Caro, Michel Junod, and Chris Christenson (names you may not know, but so is Hans Nieper's, and he's the world's foremost mineral-based oncologist). From start to finish, each board's handcrafted by a single shaper, as opposed to 20 underlings, a machine, or China. And whereas larger retailers'll clear inventory by saddling you with an ill-suited model, Mollusk's all-surfer staff will recommend a stick based on your height, weight, fitness, and riding-style -- e.g., longboard cruising, shortboard trick riding, or pretend riding with your un-waxed board conspicuously strapped to your Durango
Prices range from $650 to $1700, mostly depending on the level of artistic detailing -- from an unadorned model that'll still perform brilliantly, to a colorful masterpiece that'll impress onlookers/sharks, and'll look great propped against your empty coffin.