Thinking about perfecting that board slide? Finding the proper gear can help im-mensely. New Mexico’s first-rate skate shops have all the equipment and apparel you’ll need. A vast and varied selection of high-quality products paired with a staff comprised of experts in the field make for an excellent experience. Here are the nine best skate shops in the state.
You might wonder what hookahs, vapes, skateboards and hippies have in common. The answer: Peace Out in Alamogordo. It has a little bit of everything and draws an eclectic crowd, but it’s a safe environment for skateboarders to check out new equipment and just hang out. The owners are committed to improving activities in the area.
As the state’s oldest skate shop, this is the place to go for all things skateboard-ing. You’ll find the largest selection in the Land of Enchantment. Since 1976, they’ve followed the skating trends from sneaker rollers to in-line then to boards. More than 30 years later, it’s still locally owned and operated. There’s a full repair shop with an inventory of hard-to-find parts, plus shoes, gear and an enormous selection of skateboards, longboards and snowboards. There’s also a museum that houses rare original old school decks.
This is a destination for local skaters. A former graffiti artist turned textile artist has created a beautiful work of art with this shop. Colorful and unique boards line the walls in all manner of designs that pay homage to the underground hip hop and skateboard culture. You’ll also find local products, as well as tools, art materials, an art gallery, paint yard plus classes and mentoring from the owners.
Initiative is what’s happening here and it’s all focused on skateboarding. The idea behind the shop was to give the local skate community a home. With a diverse selection of products, this is a skater’s dream home away from home. The apparel and footwear represent the top name brands in the sport. Hard goods include decks, trucks wheels, grip, rails, bearings and tools.
Here’s a twist, this shop is locally skater-owned and operated. The owner chooses to carry product from skater-owned companies. Whether you’re looking to buy your first skateboard or upgrade your hardware, you’ll find everything you need here. Toy Machine, Huf and Creature products showcased. Hoodies, shoes, t-shirts round out the gear.
If it’s hot, BoarderStop has it. They pride themselves on having the latest from the top-of-the-line manufacturers of gear, clothing and hardware. A huge selection of skateboards and skate stuff makes this the go to place in town. They carry longboards and snowboards. If you can’t find what you’re looking for—hard to imagine—drop a note in their suggestion box and they’ll find it for you. They also offer to match other prices.
This shop transforms itself in spring and summer from a snowboarding spot to a skateboarder’s hangout. Decks, in all manner of colors and designs, deck out the walls. There’s everything you need to put an entire board together, and a consid-erable amount of apparel to play the part of a skater. You can even find sneakers to match your board! A knowledgeable and friendly staff make this a great starting point when you’re just getting into the sport.
Portales is not close to anything, except the Texas border. Finding this full-service shop that repairs longboards, skateboards and inline skates is like finding an oasis in the middle of the desert. They carry top brands like Garvity, Landyachts, Santa Cruz and Sector 9. They also carry t-shirts, hoodies, pants, skateboard shoes and sunglasses, as well as snowboard gear in the winter.
Skateboarding was born out of surfers’ desire to ride a wave, albeit a concrete one, year-round. This shop celebrates that culture with a wide-variety of boards, equipment and supplies. It may be tiny and nondescript on the outside, but inside it distinctively represents the skateboard culture with a variety of name-brand products.