Bird opened up his Shed after parting ways with his previous partners at another surf shop in 2011. His hope was to return surf shops to what they were when he was growing up & working in them. He wanted to focus on what a surfer NEEDS- Boards, wetsuits, and board accessories. You won’t find fancy watches or trendy clothing here. What you will find is an extensive selection of surfboards, new and used, a place to hang out & watch the streaming contests, and it’s more than likely you’ll bump into a surf legend on any given day. You never know who’ll be dropping in on the shed.
Since 2011, Bird has gotten by with the help of great friends and a couple of loyal and patient employees. Bird is there 7 days a week, often 10-12 hours a day. And that’s not counting the days he hosts movie premiers or parties after closing.
By donating to this page, you’re showing your support for Bird, and all he has done for the surfing community- near and far. A little extra dough can help keep the doors open & lights on, keep merchandise in stock, help us set up & maintain an online store so Shed-stoke can be shared world-wide, and maybe even allow for Bird to hire additional part time employees so he can take a much deserved day off.
No donation is too small, if each of our over 5,000 fans on Facebook donated $5, it would be a huge help!
You can visit our website & facebook to see a little more about what Bird’s is all about….
Hello Shed Friends! I wanted to set this up in an effort to give the Shed a much needed ‘financial buffer’. We truly appreciate & value (more than you could ever imagine) our loyal Shed customers and are reaching out to you in an effort to help us spread the word about the Shed. We love when you join us for movies & parties- but keep in mind we seldom (if ever) profit off of the ticket sales. But we love doing it!…bringing people together to share in his passion was one of Bird’s major reasons for starting the Shed.
The thing is- all this stuff takes money! As you’ve probably noticed, it’s often Bird, Isaac or Bryan & some family members taking care of business at the Shed. It would be great to have a little seed money to allow those guys a day off here & there, build a stronger web presence (especially an online store so we can spread the Shed-stoke all over) , along with maintaining inventory levels & launching new styles so you’re never without the best Shed gear.
I know times are tough…believe me, I know. But Bird has always been there to help his community…always lending out gear, no questions asked (despite my constant pleas to at LEAST take a deposit). He’s at the Shed, day in & day out happy to talk story with anyone and everyone that walks through the door. We’re lucky to have him in the community, and every little bit helps keep him there.
If you’re not able to donate, or aren’t comfortable with crowdfunding- hey, no worries. Stop buy the Shed & stock up on your Christmas gifts, say ‘hi’ to Bird, and thank him for what he’s doing for the San Diego Surf Community (you will make his day, I promise). And if you’re so inclined, pass this message on.
Hope everyone has a very happy Holiday Season!
Summer may be over, but it sure doesn’t feel that way here at the Shed. Southern California has been experiencing yet another heat wave, and coastal temperatures were inching towards triple digits for a few days there. The water is as warm as ever, and with a killer south swell on it’s way out we’ve had to remind ourselves that it’s October! Summer was good to us, we even surpassed 5,000 ‘likes’ on Facebook!! (More to come on that soon!)
Fall is a welcomed season though, since it means that we’re battling less crowds, and looking forward to winter swells.
Speaking of winter… check out Bird’s thoughts on prepping for colder temperatures here
We had a great time with One Palm Media towards the end of September, screening their killer Cloudbreak documentary- THUNDERCLOUD to a packed house. To our friends on the East Coast- the Thundercloud crew is continuing their USA tour through the rest of October. Check their website for dates and details.
(photo: One Palm Media)
If you missed the last event, that’s a bummer. But not to worry! We’ve got some more fun events lined up…
William Painter presents: “Bring it Back”, a live slideshow of previously unreleased photographs from the one and only Aaron Chang. Space will be limited.
The 6th Annual Save the Waves Film Festival begins its 2014 US Tour with an epic evening of live music and fresh international surf films at Bird’s Surf Shed in San Diego on 11/7/14. North county rockers Taken By Canadians will open the night’s festivities which will feature world premieres of surf, adventure and documentary films. This event will have a cash bar with offerings from Pacifico Beer, Tito’s Vodka, & Suerte Tequila. The Save The Waves Film Festival is a fundraiser for Save The Waves Coalition and World Surfing Reserves, and all proceeds support their international coastal conservation programs.
**On a serious note- longtime Shed friend and all around legend, Brandon Lillard, was in a serious BASE jumping accident in September. Somewhere in the fine print of his insurance paperwork, there was a clause stating parachute activity would not be covered. The good news is that Brandon is alive, and recovering well. Also, in the miracles department, the scans performed at the ER in Utah discovered a potentially fatal (but treatable) heart condition that would have killed Brandon had it not been diagnosed. The bad news is that the medical bills surrounding his accident will no doubt be astronomical, and he should be focused on healing, not how he’s going to pay those bills. Brandon would never ask for himself, so it’s up to his friends and the people who love and admire him to help him through this. If you have a minute, please check out the Go Fund Me that has been set up to help. **
You won’t want to miss this epic documentary about the monster swell that hit Tavarua’s Cloudbreak in June 2012. Advanced tickets can be purchased here. 10/18/2014: William Painter presents: “Bring it Back” : a live slideshow of previously unreleased photos from world renowned photographer Aaron Chang of San Diego’s legendary waves and surfers. 11/7/2014: Save The Waves Film Festival Join us for an evening with the Save the Waves Coalition for their 6th annual Film Festival! The film festival is a one-night specialty event featuring documentary surf films, ocean conservation campaigns, live music and art. Stay tuned for more details!