With perennial and awesome waves, it’s no wonder that Oceanside has a solidly entrenched surf culture. Drop by the California Surf Museum to know more about the history of the sport and check out some of their cool displays, including the evolution of the surfboard from wood to fiberglass. To buy your own board and gear, check out the following places: Surf Ride Surf Shops – Along the South Coast Highway, this place has an impressive selection of all manner of surfing paraphernalia: from new and used boards to leashes, watches, clothing, accessories, surfing books and videos, to gift items. Layaway plans are available for the more expensive goods. The shop also offers reasonably priced rentals and surf lessons for all levels. Asylum Surf - A locally owned surf shop located near the pier. They offer gear rentals if you don’t plan to purchase your own. Chick Sticks Surfboards – Locally made surf boards by an awesome girl for awesome girls—and that’s not just a tagline. Specially designed boards are great for those just starting out or are ready to catch bigger waves. Order a custom design at no extra cost. Wave Weapon Surf Shop - Operating since 1983, Wave Weapon is an iconic member of the local community. The owner, Lou-Dog, hand-shapes all boards and makes sure everything is of top-notch quality. He’s a great guy to chat with and is a mean shredder himself. Select Surf Studio - True to its name, this small surf shop only carries choice items. Their inventory is a collection of the best boards and gear you can find. Tilly’s - A SoCal-born shop that now ships worldwide. There are no surfboards but you can find everything else here. They have a huge selection of swimwear, clothing, accessories, skateboards, and everything related to the laidback surf lifestyle.