El Skate Shop - The Wildest Skateboard Shop in the West
El Skate Shop began in 2002 as online shop AND brick and mortar shop in Huntington Beach, CA. At 177 square feet we were fairly certain we owned the title of "Smallest Skate Shop in The World".
We also went by the slogan of "The Almost Non-Profit Skate Shop" where we priced our inventory very low in order to make easier for people to keep skating. You could buy blank decks from $16 to $20. Grip was $3.
As of 2021, elskateshop.com is mostly an archival site. However, we still do sell grip tape, wax and hardware and may one day get back into the business of selling skate goods.
Past team riders included Dallas Rockvam, Aaron Babila, Chris Treiber, Chris Hernandez, Mike Davidson, Matt Bublitz, Amber Moffatt, Darrell Noran, Eric Ricks and Ryan Fitch.
Also known as “Christ” or “Holmes”, Christian Hosoi started his path to pro skateboarder at 7. His dad managed a skatepark in California, leading to Hosoi dropping out of school to hone his skills. Continue reading →
After starting skating at age 11 in Sao Paulo, Bob turned pro by the age of 14. In 1995 he won the Slam City Jam and has been wowing crowds ever since, competing in every Summer X-Game event from its start in 1995 to his retirement from the competition in 2017. Continue reading →
When we launched El Skate Shop back in the 1990s, the very first account we got was with Arcade Skateboards and their distribution. I can’t remember the name of the distro – but they sold Arcade Skateboards, Evol Snowboards and they had just released Osiris Shoes. Continue reading →
Riley Hawk, the son of Tony Hawk. Looks like he went the street skating route and not so much the vert route.
Believe it or not Riley’s dad didn’t FORCE Riley to become a skateboarder. Tony said, “Whatever you want to do.” And as a matter of fact, Riley took a big break from skateboarding during his High School years (which is when most people hone their skating skills). Pretty different. Continue reading →
Wow. Where do I begin. Wee Man sold me my FIRST double-kicktail skateboard deck. Before 1991 skateboards basically looked like fish. Then good ol’ Rodney Mullen invented the popsicle shaped boards most of us ride today. Continue reading →
He represents the pure spirit of the street skateboarder. He does it for the love and fun of it – and it shows in every turn, ollie and smile that vibrates like electromagnetic radiation, pilfering your body with Gonz particles – all traveling at the speed of Gonz. Continue reading →