New surf shop focuses on local
GLEN Johnson is a familiar face among the Coffs Coast's surfing fraternity.
He's surfed locally - and brilliantly - for most of his 40 years and is determined to make a go of his latest business venture.
Gangsta Surf, a family enterprise, has its official opening in Coffs Harbour's Orlando St on Saturday.
"My goal is to have a local business for local people and to keep prices down," Mr Johnson said.
"I've got the knowledge through years of experience - I've surfed these waves and won competitions in these waves and can offer a surfboard that will work.
"A good custom surfboard for a local and designed for local conditions."
He said Gangsta Surf would stock a full range of clothing for men, women and children and have custom boards - his predominant focus - along with accessories.
"We're going to have good quality clothing at reasonable prices. I'm also aiming to work with local companies and keep the products here," he said.
"I will be using local screenprinters to make local clothing."
Mr Johnson also has Gangsta Surf at Mermaid Beach and Mooloolaba in Queensland, another is opening soon in Melbourne, and there are two outlets in Bali.
He's also excited about branching into the tough American market.
To celebrate Saturday's official Coffs Harbour launch, Gangsta Surf will be giving away a free surfboard from 10am to noon.
Back in 2000, Mr Johnson was gutted when his Vision Surfboards in Lawson Crescent burnt down and he had no insurance.
But he's fought back and is looking forward to the new opportunities presented by Gangsta Surf.
Gangsta Surf is at Shop 1, 15 Orlando Street.
For more details, visit gangstasurf.com or contact Mr Johnson on 0438 158 993.