“I worked at a surf shop for 15 years, so opening my own store seemed like the next logical step,” says Chauncey Rhodes, owner of Chauncey’s Surf Shop on 29th Street and 53rd Street in Ocean City. Born and raised in the Washington, DC, region, Chauncey began surfing when he was 12-years old and was visiting his older brother, Blair, in Ocean City. By the time Chauncey was 14-years old, he was a regular surfer who spent his summers at the beach. In 1994, Chauncey opened his surf shop on 29th Street. Approximately five years later, he opened a second location on 53rd Street, with nearly six-times more space than his original store.
“I take pride in my staff, and I think our commitment to customer service sets us apart from competition,” says Chauncey. Indeed, Chauncey’s top-notch customer service has led the surf shop to develop an impressive local following. Whether your board bends in less than perfect conditions, or the airline breaks it during wintertime travel, Chauncey’s Surf Shop is the best place to bring your surfboard for repairs. The staff at Chauncey’s Surf Shop is comprised of full-time and part-time employees, some of whom are students and schoolteachers in the off-season. “Each one of us surfs,” says Chauncey. “It’s a lifestyle.”
In addition to surfboard sales, rentals, and repairs, Chauncey’s Surf Shop also carries top-of-the-line wetsuits, apparel, accessories, skateboards, and body boards. Stylish swimwear, shoes, sunglasses, and women’s and men’s apparel fill the shelves at both locations. At Chauncey’s, shoppers find popular brands like Roxy, Lost, Hurley, Reef, Volcom, Rip Curl, and more.
Chauncey’s Surf Shop on 29th Street always features a large selection of discounted used surfboards in stock. New and used brands like Con, Lost, Bessell, Walden, Harbour, Takayama, Christensen, JC Hawaii, and Al Merrick/Channel Islands line the walls. Both store locations offer new and used boards for rent and sale. Plus, you can shop online at www.chaunceyssurfshop.com
. Both locations also sell wax, fins, racks, leashes, hoods, boots, gloves, tail pads, and board bags.
Eager to fulfill all of your wetsuit needs, Chauncey’s Surf Shop features Xcel, Matuse, O’Neill, Quiksilver, and Rip Curl brands. Ladies indulge in the hottest surf fashion by Fox, Roxy, Obey, RVCA, Insight, Lucy Love, and Ezekiel Girl. Dresses, handbags, swimsuits, and Ugg® boots are just a few of countless fashion items at Chauncey’s Surf Shop. Guys can shop for most of these brands and more, like Split, Hurley, and Rip Curl. Plus, Chauncey’s Surf Shop offers a full selection of sunglasses, including Spy, Soda, Native, Arnette, Electric, Ray Ban, Maui Jim, Paul Frank, and Von Zipper.
Chauncey’s Surf Shop’s supply of toys doesn’t stop with surfboards. Both stores also carry skim boards, indo boards, body boards, swim fins, books, surf DVDs, and skateboard decks, completes, and accessories. Whether you’re looking for the perfect gift, the coolest fashion, or the best toys in town, Chauncey’s Surf Shop has it all.
“If you’re a first-time surfer in Ocean City, remember that surf conditions change daily here,” advises Chauncey. “Start with a big. long surfboard on small, clean waves, and don’t get discouraged.” Chauncey’s Surf Shop offers surfboard rentals in a variety of sizes, ranging from 8- to 24-hour rental periods. The rates are ridiculously cheap, too.
“After 16 years of business, I’m pleased with our customer loyalty and with the rate that our sales have skyrocketed,” says Chauncey. Without a doubt, if you ask any Ocean City local where to take your surfboard for repairs, he or she will tell you, “Take it to Chauncey’s Surf Shop.”
Chauncey’s Surf Shop is open year round from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the summer, and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the off-season. Midnight Madness, Facebook Madness, and tax-free sales occur throughout the summer, so check the store for this week’s specials. Also, become a fan on Facebook to stay in the loop. For more information, visit www.chaunceyssurfshop.com
, call (410) 289-7405, or stop into Chauncey’s Surf Shop on 29th Street and 53rd Street.