Fairfax >Optical Goods > Fat Kat Surf Shop
greatest marin shop, ignore the kook that told the story. so basically i have been going to fat kat for 13 years ever since moving to marin from orange county and have never had a negative experience. i read the review about the guy that called and then they didnt have what he was looking for and asked the employee and it turns out he was asking for a "tailguard". first of all what the hell is that? like a nose guard but for your tail? never even seen one before. this is not 80s retro skateboarding buddy. and second, the employee made it clear that we had stomp pads if thats what he was looking for and he came in to look and it wasnt what he wanted cuz the thing he was looking for is completely make believe in his mind. tho a small shop, it def rivals of proof lab, stinson, or 2 mile... and the skate aspect brought by the new owners adds a good vibe. i have never given business to any marin county shop except for fat kat. other shops think they are hot stuff and better than everyone else when in reality i have seen lots of the kids in the water or skating and lets just say they could use some experience. i do give props to the owners tho who know a thing or two about surfing. however, make a trip to fat kat and youll be thoroughly satisfied as its the best shop in marin county hand down.
Best surf shop , best ding repair.
Rick still does all the ding repair, which is good cause he is the best. I think he has been doing it for 20 years...Always pro, and better priced than others.
Retail portion of the shop is way better now that Rick sold the shop to Whitney, a native of Stinson/bolinas, and cool chick that boosted the inventory 1000%
Check it out, nice selection of boards, usually a bunch of beaters and used boards for cheap. Sometimes you can find a score!@
Another Marin Fake Surf Shop.
I called the shop and asked for a specific product for my surfboard. The guy at the shop didn't know what I was talking about but he acted like he did ( I guess to save face...who knows.) He said they had it in stock. I got to the shop and they in fact did not have it. To add insult to injury, he makes all these excuses..."Oh, we were real busy when you called", etc....highly unlikely ! If he would have just told me the truth...." I was way too stoned, and don't know my braces from a traction pad anyway." I would have felt a little better.
This is a great place for Marin housewives and brat kids to spend daddy's money on overpriced clothing ( yet, still mostly made in third world sweat-shops. ) It really is nice to get your "retail-therapy" while acting like a surfer, you know...keepin' it real. ( See also this behavior at REI, but there they get to act like they're climbers because they buy caribiner keychains.)
Typically this behavior doesn't bother me, and still really doesn't. BUT, when you act like a surf shop, and when you act like you know about surf gear but don't it can really end up wasting other people's time.
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