Whether it’s just an awesome skate shoe or replacement wheels for your 10-year-old longboard, Sacramento is the place to be for finding the perfect skate shop. If you’re integrated into the scene or just watching from the edge of the bowl, these five skateshops have everything you need.
Ground Zero Boardshop Davis
225 G St.
Davis, CA 95616
Hours: Mon to Sat – 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sun – 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
With hundreds of decks, wheels and trucks, if you want to shop skate, shop Ground Zero Clothing and Boardshop. Featuring brands from Alien Workshop to Zoo York and most everything in between, Ground Zero is a full service boarder-owned and operated skate and snowboard shop with 15 years of experience and the best inventory in NorCal. Besides boards, Ground Zero boasts some of the best prices in the Sacramento area. Follow its Facebook and Twitter pages, or the GZ blog for in-store specials and events.
Surf & Skate
7411 Greenback Ln.
Citrus Heights, CA 95610
Price: $5 for four hours
Hours: Mon to Fri – 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sat – 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sun – 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
This store’s location at Greenback and San Juan sits atop an acre and a half with not one, but two Steveo Brockway signature skate parks featuring some of the best terrain in the biz. Receipts of store purchases can earn free entry into the park. Surf & Skate not only has a vast array of product and brands, it also hosts a skate team and skate lessons, birthday parties, exclusive events and free, weekly skate jams.
526 Main St.
Hours: Mon to Fri – 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Sat to Sun – 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Skater owned and operated, SorD’s skate or die mantra takes a twist on tradition as it invites skaters to go big, small, beginner or pro, as long as you love to skate. Located between College and First streets this place features more than 300 wheel sets, at least 200 trucks, more than 400 decks and at least 100 complete boards. Skate life without skate apparel just isn’t skate life, so has the whole hook up with 250 pairs of shades, 40 styles of shoes and skate-brand only clothing. With its own team on board, SorD guarantees one of the largest inventories in NorCal.
109 Court St.
Woodland, CA 95695
Hours: daily – 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Butch’s boasts all outfits from straight boarding shred to sexy sideline duds. Offering brands that include Oakley, Vans, Independent Girl and Alien Workshop, Butch’s is home to cutting-edge gear and the latest street fashion. Before going to the big skate park in the sky, Butch worked his way up from a youngster in Pacific Beach to a Hobie board shaper to an educator and advocate for special education programs. Butch’s still carries on community advancement with youth programs and donations to school fundraisers, the YMCA and other non-profit organizations. Coming from three generations of boarders, this store knows how to best help every boarder.
330 East Bidwell St.
Folsom, CA 95630
Hours: Mon to Sat – 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sun – 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
PLA Skateboarding covers every skate need, but its contribution to the skate scene doesn’t end there. Special events on the PLA skate menu also include year-end events that include clothing and gear pre-releases and skateboarding photography or video shows. Events like this, an up-to-date Facebook following, leaked photos on its website and store specials keep this store’s skate rats coming back.
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