As the mountains in Vermont are to\r\nskiing, the stellar waves and swells in San Diego are to surfing. As an\r\nintegral player in solidifying surfing into the West Coast culture, San Diego\r\nhas long been a mecca for the sport. Annual competitions are held here, and\r\nsome of the best pro and amateur surfers have gotten their chops on San Diego’s\r\ncoastline. We’re calling out some of the best surf shops in the area to get you\r\nready to ride the waves or explore the local surf culture. (But maybe take a\r\nlesson first!)\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n1. Mission\r\nSurf Shop\r\nThis community-focused store is just a short walk from Pacific Terrace and has\r\nall the gear a surfer could dream of. It also has an intimate, family-run\r\nbusiness feeling that greets every customer as if they’ve been coming here\r\nforever. With a knowledgeable staff and a friendly atmosphere, Mission Surf\r\nShop is the perfect place to pick up all your surfing needs. \r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n2. Bird’s\r\nSurf Shed\r\nBuilt out of an old military garage that used to house small planes, this lofty\r\nsurf shack, a short drive from the Pacific Terrace Hotel, is truly a surfer’s\r\ndream. With boards adorning the walls and ceilings, this store combines its expert\r\nstaff with a commitment to the community aspect of the sport. It regularly hosts\r\nscreenings and premieres of the latest surf films; moderates Q&A sessions\r\nwith local pros; and offers up its unique space to host events, parties, and\r\nmore. \r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n3. South\r\nCoast Surf Shop Pacific Beach\r\nThis surf shop is another favorite of ours located a short walk from the\r\nPacific Terrace Hotel. This shop\r\ncertainly caters to the more fashion-minded surfer, offering beach town\r\ninspired looks that even the most novice surfer can get behind. \r\n\r\nWhichever your surf level, these\r\nshops near our Pacific\r\nBeach hotel are sure to get you excited to hit the beach and hang ten!\r\nInterested in learning to surf or in honing your skills? Check out our surf\r\npackage, which includes a 90-minute group lesson just steps from the hotel.