Sunday, March 1, 2015

A Quick PSA from Rebecca

Hi!  Rebecca here, I wanted to write a condensed and comprehensive beginners guide to purchasing your very first surfboard, especially from a females perspective.  (Men, this may still be helpful, so hang in with me)....
Working in the surf industry, we are asked this question by newbies and advanced surfers time and time again.  Navigating the waters through tons of different sizes and shapes of surfboards can be quite tricky.  Lets attempt to make it easier for you. 
  • Be Honest About Your Skill Level
    • Have you ever walked into a surf shop and suddenly felt like you need to, lets say, maybe embellish on your surfing abilities? You're not the only one, trust me.  Doing this will be your biggest enemy!  If you're a beginner say so, no one will laugh at you! (and if they do, they're jerks, you don't need that kind of negativity in your life!)  They will however secretly know if you're lying, it's a 6th sense for shapers. Be a proud beginner! You will usually want to start out with what we like to call a "Fun Shape",  this is a round nose, wider board, that is usually a little bit thicker.  This will make it easier for you to catch waves while you're still getting your bearings. Ain't no shame in a Fun Shape! 
  • Understand The Basics
    • Lower skill level = bigger board
    • Higher skill level = smaller board 
      • For the most part this is the rule of thumb.  The bigger the board, meaning the length, the width, and the thickness, the easier it will be to ride and vice versa.
    • Fin Set Up
      • The more fins, the stiffer the turns will be.  Less fins equals looser turns. The bigger your are, the bigger the fins for a shortboard. The general fin set up depends on the type of board you are looking at, there is not a standard set up for all boards.  Most longboards only have one fin, some have sidebites (two side fins).  Fins probably warrant their own post. 
    • Polyester Resin vs Epoxy Resin
      • A lot of people come in and say they want a "fiberglass" board.  Well, they're all fiberglass.  The resin and the foam are the difference.  Our particular shop uses traditional polyester resin and the newer epoxy resin.  Poly boards are heavier, while Epoxy EPS boards are lighter, stronger, and more buoyant.  Some people prefer one over the other, in our shop we have been seeing a stronger preference towards Epoxy. 
  • Know What You Love
    • Do you love popping up and cruising down the line, maybe walking the nose from time to time? You need a longboard.  Or do you love dropping in on bigger stuff, doing cutbacks and attempting your best Kelly Slater impression? You should probably get a shortboard with knify rails and a thinner tail. There's different boards for different styles, decide this for the most part before you talk to your shaper, although they are there to guide you if you need help.  
    • Have no idea what you love yet? Start with the Fun Shape and work your way up or down in length from there! 
  • The Color Of The Board Doesn't Matter
    • I have fallen victim to this myself.  Just because a board is beautiful does not mean it's going to work for you. You need a board that coincides with your height, weight, and skill level.  I love a pretty shortboard as much as rest, but I know if I paddle out on a super thin 5'8, no matter how beautiful it is, brings me nowhere fast.  Just because Kelly and John John can shred on a tiny little board doesn't mean you will right away.  Don't waste your money on a pretty board, spend it on the right board!
  • Find A Good, Local Shaper. 
    • I admit, this may be a little self serving, but hear me out.  With all of the big brand name boards out there, the local shaper is struggling. Do you know what the markup is on a surfboard? Peanuts.  Big companies like NSP for example, make their boards in China, where they're able to make somewhat of a decent profit.  They don't surf your local break, they don't see you standing there in the store, desperately trying to figure out what works best for you, or what will take your surfing to the next level.  Your local shaper however, does.  They can make a board completely customized to your every wish and desire, right down to that ugly mermaid you want painted on it. Usually their boards are even less than the big name boards, and if you ever have a problem, you can bring the board right back to the shaper.  
  • If You're Brand New, Buy Used
    • LISTEN TO ME!  If you are just starting out and want to buy a board, please by yourself a used surfboard.  I can't tell you how many people come in our store and buy a brand new glossed and polished beautiful board with all of the bells and whistles, only to find out, they don't like surfing!! Don't be that guy!  Most surf shops have a decent used board selection, and the shop kids will be more than happy to help you find a good one.  
  • Don't Let Men Talk Down To You
    • Educate yourself before you step in a shop and make a big purchase. During a recent trip to the West Coast, I stopped into a local surf shop.  I asked the guy in the shop what a particular board was made out of.  I got a bunch of jargon that didn't even really make sense, but I could see he was attempting to sell this board to me because it was geared aesthetically towards a female. He had a totally different approach with my husband.  I did enjoy his face after Mike told him we make boards.  
  • Don't Fall Victim To Marketing
    • How many board advertisements do you see in surfing magazines that are going to make you the next big thing?  Marketing my friends. Your worst enemy.  Stick with the facts and you will be just fine, or maybe even the next Kelly Slater. Who knows. 

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Black Friday Sale!!

Hope everyone is having a great thanksgiving.   Sorry we haven't updated the blog in a while. With the amazing surf we had all summer and the new baby girl we were blessed with in august things have been crazy!!
 Hope everyone got some waves today.

Saturday, May 3, 2014


We think (fingers crossed) winter is finally gone!!!  The shop is completely packed with brand new shapes, tons of merchandise, and brand new products to check out.  We are completely geared up and ready for the summer!  Surf and SUP Lessons are booking up and we can feel the buzz of summer around the shop.  Come stop down for some sick deals, we still have some winter discounts laying around!  Now is still a good time to put in an order for a custom before we become completely slammed during the summer!   Come out of hibernation and visit us! 

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Coming out of Hibernation!

Come down and celebrate the end of winter with us!  Amazing sales, the store is completely stocked with boards, including SUPs and new designs Mike came up with over the winter!   Come down and see all of your old friends, and pick up some gear for the summer!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Natures Shapes Photo Update

We hope everyone had a healthy happy end of 2013, and an awesome start to 2014.  We celebrated with our Natures Shapes family, and it was a perfect way to bring in 2014.  Enjoy some pictures from the past few weeks...

Mike going for a snowy cold paddle

Mike and Ed coming up with new ideas

Edgar ceremoniously lighting our New Years lanterns

A gorgeous Jay Alders inspired board we made for a customer recently

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Carver Skateboards

We recently started carrying Carver Skateboards.  They are the sickest skateboards we've ever encountered.  They're definitely as close as one can get to surfing on land.  We've been selling out like crazy.  Come down to the store to demo one of these beasts!

Friday, December 27, 2013

Mele Kalikimaka

We here at Natures Shapes hope everyone had a wonderful holiday!  We are really excited about this upcoming year, with a lot of really awesome happenings coming our way!

We've been working on some new designs, and using really innovative material recently, and we can't wait to share it with all of you.  Check back often, as we will be posting mini videos and other goodies for you to check out.

Also, stop down at our store, we are having awesome post-holiday sales on clothes and boards!  Don't miss out, right now really is the best time to stock up for the spring and summer!

Find us on all of your social media apps!:

Instagram Username: Natures Shapes

Friday, September 6, 2013

Rockaway Invasion in Sayville!

Natures Shapes believes in carrying products made by hand by local people.  Imported goods and big brand names will just not cut it in our store.  Staying true to that, we have brought in two new lines from Rockaway Beach this fall just for you.

Now selling in our shop: 
                  Defend Rockaway Shirts! Made by our really great friends and all around amazing people Beth and Keone!

Another really exciting line for the ladies....
Introducing, Grindergirl Swimwear! 

We have searched up and down for swimsuits for the ladies that are great quality and practical for surfing.  Finally we have found it, swimsuits that are made by hand in Rockaway by a woman, for a woman, specifically designed for surfing.  They have rubber edges that don't slip or fall off when you're in the water, and ties in each piece, so all of your bits and pieces stay covered when you pop up or happen to get worked. Another plus, they're REALLY pretty and so comfortable.  Designed for every body type, there's a suit for everyone.  (I tested mine, it's all I wear now)


Our SIX YEAR ANNIVERSARY PARTY! Can you believe it's been six years already?  We want to celebrate this accomplishment with everyone!  Bring your whole family, we will be BBQ-ing and firepit-ing and drink-ing all night. (see what I did there?)  If you were thinking about getting a Stand Up Paddleboard all summer but were holding off, now is the perfect time to get one.  There will be HUGE discounts on NEW SUPS all day as well as all boards in stock!  We have a ton of new clothes in for the fall and winter that will all be discounted as well! We are really looking forward to this, please stop down, even just to say hi and check out the store. 

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Summer Update!

We've been working overtime here at NS, and we are really excited to share with you whats been going on!

We have been making a ton of new short boards with carbon fiber, and some experimental designs.  Mike's been putting his innovative mind to good use.  Our showroom is stocked with sick designs and shapes. 

Our Stand Up and Surf Lessons are still going strong, call the store to book one!
We will also be offering yoga fit classes for the month of August, keep your eyes on our Facebook for class times and schedules!

This Wednesday we are excited to be attending our good friend John Beatties movie A Hundred Miles to the End**Click the link to buy tickets to the movie! We recommend it, likely it will sell out!**  The Natures Shapes showing is at 6:45. We will be raffling off a surfboard, so pick up your raffle ticket from Mike or Rebecca before entering the movie!! The drawing will be back at our shop at 8:30, along with an after party.  Bring your kids, bring your friends, stop down and support Johns movie, and Natures Shapes!  (There will be an additional showing at 8:30, however, only the 6:45 showing enters you for a board and access to the after party!!!)

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Mothers Day & Other Happenings!

Sorry for the very long delay between posts friends! We have been super busy gearing up for summer.  

Here's some updates!

  • New SUP and Short board models coming! 
  • We will announce our next *EPIC* Swap Sale in the coming weeks. 
  • We've been experimenting with carbon fiber and other new materials, so keep your eye out!  
  • We are really excited to announce that we will be holding weekly yoga classes in our back yard after Memorial Day!  
  • We are already booking up with Stand Up and Surf Lessons, so call the shop (631.750.0652) to book yours! *We also sell gift cards for them!*
  • RipCurls Spring and Summer shipment is in, tons of board shorts, walk shorts, hats and watches on display!  (Our favorite is the board shorts that double as walk shorts!)

Something we are really proud to announce:

  • Our Shop Manager, Rebecca, lost her Mother to breast cancer five years ago, so to honor her memory in the next weeks leading up to Mothers Day, anything purchased from our Locally Grown section, (which includes some really awesome handmade jewelry and artwork, all made by local surfers, perfect for all of the Moms in your life) will be matched with an equal donation to the American Cancer Society. You can't lose!