As the weather warms, skateboarders are heading outside, looking to test their skills on a slice of pavement, concrete wall, metal railing or bowl-shaped ramp.
Whether you're planning to buy your first board or your 15th, Long Island has a number of skateboard shops that carry the most popular brands of boards, skateboard hardware and supplies, and gear to outfit yourself from head to toe.
"Skateboarding has always been more of a trendsetting way of style, and you definitely see the skater look on everyone nowadays," says Gino Iannucci, a professional skateboarder for more than 15 years, who recently opened his own shop -- one of a handful of new spots on the Island. "Our bestselling brand, Nike SB, which stands for Nike Skateboarding, attracts mostly nonskaters."
If you want to buy a skateboard or are just looking to dress the part, here is a sampling of local shops:
--Compiled by Pat Burson
Chapman Skateboards Shopping, Sports and recreation, Kids, Skating 127 Deer Park Ave. Babylon Not only does Chapman sell skateboards out of its Babylon storefront, the company has been ...
Mass Transit Kids, Shopping, Sports and recreation, Skating 78 Rockaway Ave. Valley Stream Carries skateboards (hot-selling brands are Alien Workshop, Baker, Chocolate, Girl and DGK) plus skateboard apparel ...
Poets Shopping, Sports and recreation, Kids, Skating 351 Westbury Ave. Carle Place T-shirts, hoodies and jeans hold down the left side of store - which has Oriental ...
Special Sauce Kids, Sports and recreation, Shopping, Skating 303 Main St. Huntington Skateboarders-turned-entrepreneurs Pete Szczebak and Chris Santucci opened the newest location of their Special Sauce franchise ...