Skate culture thrives in local board shops. The independent shops that are owned by riders and serve the skate community as meeting places, event sponsors, and of course, the places to get gear, are among the best. Here are some of our favorite skate shops in Alaska.
Boarderline Legacy is a skate and snow shop that is owned and operated by riders. A reincarnation of the Boarderline shop—which was run by the current owners father for a quarter century until it closed in 2006—Legacy is determined to introduce a new generation of riders to the importance and camaraderie that a core shop brings to a community.
Another youngster is locked and loaded and ready to shred! The homie Max came through the shop a little while back and said that he was about to start fishing with his grandpa as a deck hand to make some summer cash and was wondering if I would be able to set him up with his first complete when he had the extra funds. Of course I said hell yeah and he was serious. So after stacking some cheese for the last few weeks he rolled in and we did just that. That whole story is literally why we love to sell skateboards. It's an awesome feeling to stoke a kid out and send them on their way knowing that they are about to begin an awesome chapter of fun in their life. I remember getting my first complete like it was yesterday and we at Boarderline strive to make the experience one to remember and always let them know where you can come to keep the fun times and memories rolling in. Whether it be to get a new deck, tune up your ride or just hand out for a bit, Thats why we're here. Plus we have all the dopest skate stuff as you can tell from Max's new complete. Have fun out there Max and keep shredding! @taters_spamm #skatelife #skateboardingisfun #skateboarding #skateshop #skatealaska #skatejuneau #minishred #gooutside #skateak #boarderlinelegacy #boarderlineak #skateanddestroy
Blue & Gold is one of the anchors of Anchorage’s skate community. It was founded by an X-Games gold medalist and has a mission to create a community where riders can come together and develop their skills. In addition to maintaining a full inventory of skate and snow gear, Blue & Gold is careful to stock gear that is designed and sized specifically for women in the sport.
@donovan_907 said he wanted a board that would be good for all the terrain @resortalyeska has to offer. The new @ejackshreds E-Jack Knife checks all the boxes along with graphics that rep Alaska to the fullest. Thanks for the support Donovan. Can't wait to see you ripping the Southface Showdown on that board. #blueandgoldak #libtech #snowboardak #alyeska #snowboardalaska
Another shop in Alaska’s most thriving skate scene, Sequence Boardshop is located in downtown Juneau, close to the city’s indoor skate park. This full-fledged retail shop has all the decks, trucks, wheels, bearings, and gear that you’ll need and is a popular place for skaters to hang out and come together.
Joel’s Place is an indoor skate park with a well-stocked pro-shop that caters to the skating youth in Fairbanks. Not only do they offer products and a place to skate, Joel’s Place has classes and programs to teach kids to skate and to foster a community of riders in Fairbanks.
Skate Shop in Homer is the only skate shop on the peninsula. It’s a brave endeavor meant to serve the small, but strong, community of skateboard and longboard riders on the Kenai. With Skate Shop, this community now has a hub and a place to get the gear they need to ride.
907Boards is the brainchild of a 15-year-old rider that has come to be a foundation of rider culture in Anchorage. They are a full-service boardshop that sells all the components and gear you’ll need. But, they’re also a training facility and community hub that offers classes, lessons, and events for riders on the Last Frontier.
Rainskates is Alaska’s very own, homegrown wheel company. If you want wheels for your Alaska-customized deck, Rainskates Wheels is the way to go. With almost two decades of industry expertise, they can set your board up with wheels in just about any size or color.