The favorite shop of Texas surfers
Surf Specialties Corp was established in 1985 by James Fulbright. With starting capital of $1000.00 and ten used boards, I began as a ding repair and used board business operating out of my garage. Since my building was properly zoned (neighborhood services), I was able to legally operate out of my garage with virtually no-overhead (ceiling clearance was only 6’6″ !! Get it..?? No overhead!! Ha-ha!!).
Garage operations continued for the next five years offering quality repairs (in-house), New and Used surfboards and surfing accessories. Word continued to spread quickly about this “underground” shop located on 37th Street. At that time, I was able to answer every surf report call personally. Nowadays, we upload a daily surf report online at surfspecialties.com.
During the period between 1987 and 1991, I formed a strong surf team that claimed “Texas State Surfing Champions” for FIVE years in a row !! A feat that has yet to be matched by any other Texas Surf Team !!
An old antique store was located next door to the shop located on the corner of 37th Street and Ave R. When the business owner suddenly died, my landlord asked me if I was interested in the property. Since I had long ago outgrown the confines of my garage location (600 sq. ft.), the first major move occurred in 1991: We moved twenty feet !! I painted the building bright blue, kept overhead low and continued to grow for the next four years by staying true to my “Hardcore” roots and giving personal service to my “loyal” customers. We now boasted of having 1000 sq. ft. !!
During the mid-90’s, after the demise of a couple of “beach front” stores, an opportunity arose to fill a void along the beach that had never been filled: A REAL surf shop catering to surfer’s first and foremost! This was a very risky proposition that hadn’t been accomplished since the 70’s. So, in 1995, we made our second move,this time to Galveston’s famous Seawall Boulevard!! Initially, (and with much hesitation), we rented 1000 sq. ft. and within a year, we realized it wasn’t large enough, and expanded to the current size of 2000 sq. ft.!!
Today, Surf Specialties carries between 60 and 90 surfboards at all times. We also stock more leashes, traction, board bags, wet suits and other surf accessories than most shops. We have a complete skateboard dept, a “build your own” surfboard dept, as well as carrying a large selection of new and used CD’s by the most popular rock, reggae, surf and rap artists of today.
In 2008, we moved back to our original location on 37th & Avenue R and combined hand shaping surfboards and the surf shop retail operation, with the feel of the original 60’s surf shop concept…shaping in the back and selling surfboards and t-shirts in the front!
Unique inventory, a convenient location, and our knowledgeable staff are just a few things we have to offer our loyal customers, which are the main reasons they return. Come and find out for yourself why we’re Texas surfers’ favorite surf shop!
See ya’ in the shop and in the water!!