Natures Shapes believes in carrying products made by hand by local people. Imported goods and big brand names will just not cut it in our store. Staying true to that, we have brought in two new lines from Rockaway Beach this fall just for you.
Now selling in our shop:
Defend Rockaway Shirts! Made by our really great friends and all around amazing people Beth and Keone!
Another really exciting line for the ladies....
Introducing, Grindergirl Swimwear!
We have searched up and down for swimsuits for the ladies that are great quality and practical for surfing. Finally we have found it, swimsuits that are made by hand in Rockaway by a woman, for a woman, specifically designed for surfing. They have rubber edges that don't slip or fall off when you're in the water, and ties in each piece, so all of your bits and pieces stay covered when you pop up or happen to get worked. Another plus, they're REALLY pretty and so comfortable. Designed for every body type, there's a suit for everyone. (I tested mine, it's all I wear now)
LAST BUT DEFINITELY NOT LEAST!
Our SIX YEAR ANNIVERSARY PARTY! Can you believe it's been six years already? We want to celebrate this accomplishment with everyone! Bring your whole family, we will be BBQ-ing and firepit-ing and drink-ing all night. (seewhat I did there?) If you were thinking about getting a Stand Up Paddleboard all summer but were holding off, now is the perfect time to get one. There will be HUGE discounts on NEW SUPS all day as well as all boards in stock! We have a ton of new clothes in for the fall and winter that will all be discounted as well! We are really looking forward to this, please stop down, even just to say hi and check out the store.
We've been working overtime here at NS, and we are really excited to share with you whats been going on!
have been making a ton of new short boards with carbon fiber, and some
experimental designs. Mike's been putting his innovative mind to good
use. Our showroom is stocked with sick designs and shapes.
Our Stand Up and Surf Lessons are still going strong, call the store to book one!
We will also be offering yoga fit classes for the month of August, keep your eyes on our Facebook for class times and schedules!
This Wednesday we are excited to be attending our good friend John Beatties movie A Hundred Miles to the End. **Click the link to buy tickets to the movie! We recommend it, likely it will sell out!** The
Natures Shapes showing is at 6:45. We will be raffling off a surfboard,
so pick up your raffle ticket from Mike or Rebecca before entering the
movie!! The drawing will be back at our shop at 8:30, along with an after party.
Bring your kids, bring your friends, stop down and support Johns movie,
and Natures Shapes! (There will be an additional showing at 8:30,
however, only the 6:45 showing enters you for a board and access to the
Sorry for the very long delay between posts friends! We have been super busy gearing up for summer.
Here's some updates!
New SUP and Short board models coming!
We will announce our next *EPIC* Swap Sale in the coming weeks.
We've been experimenting with carbon fiber and other new materials, so keep your eye out!
We are really excited to announce that we will be holding weekly yoga classes in our back yard after Memorial Day!
We are already booking up with Stand Up and Surf Lessons, so call the shop (631.750.0652) to book yours! *We also sell gift cards for them!*
RipCurls Spring and Summer shipment is in, tons of board shorts, walk shorts, hats and watches on display! (Our favorite is the board shorts that double as walk shorts!)
Something we are really proud to announce:
Our Shop Manager, Rebecca, lost her Mother to breast cancer five years ago, so to honor her memory in the next weeks leading up to Mothers Day, anything purchased from our Locally Grown section, (which includes some really awesome handmade jewelry and artwork, all made by local surfers, perfect for all of the Moms in your life) will be matched with an equal donation to the American Cancer Society. You can't lose!
Hey Everyone! We are super excited to announce a new line of jewelry we are carrying in the shop called, Where Watermelons Grow, by our friend Sarah. It's all handmade pieces that are absolutely beautiful and unique. As I'm sure you all know, we take pride in selling one of a kind locally made items, whether it be skateboards, T-shirts, or prints, and her jewelry definitely fits the bill. Her prices are insanely reasonable (ranging from $15-$32) We did a little interview with Sarah to put a face behind the art!
Why do you make jewelry?
Jewelry is a way for me to express myself artistically. It is an awesome feeling to have someone else appreciate your artwork and to be able to share it with them.
Do you surf?
Yes, I started surfing about two years ago. It has been a great way for me to enjoy the ocean year round. This past summer I moved to Massachusetts where mellow point breaks prevail. It's been good for keeping my toes on the nose as much as possible.
Does surfing inspire your jewelry?
Definitely. The idea for the design and style of each piece reflects my lifestyle. The color scheme is inspired by natural earth tones. I also like to incorporate some of natures more vibrant colors, like the blue hues of the ocean or the coral pink of the setting sun. Every piece is unique yet still portrays a similar theme.
Why did you choose to sell to Natures Shapes?
I want to promote my designs and the best way to do that is to market my jewelry to people who share similar interests and style.
She also adds;
I started creating and selling my own jewelry as a little girl when summering with my family on Fire Island. It began with macramé necklaces and friendship bracelets sitting atop a sandy beach towel draped over a weathered bench. My jewelry has come a long way since then and yet still reflects that simple pace of the beach life.
Most of my supplies come from recycled jewelry, antique stores, travels, family and friends. This wide variety of materials is what makes my jewelry one of a kind. I hope that you enjoy wearing my jewelry as much as I enjoy creating it.
Remember, Valentines Day is Thursday, February 14! Don't get stuck in the dog house, and pick up something for your better half. (Rebecca may even wrap it for you!)
Sorry for our absence! We're back to let you all know about our annual holiday party and sale!
that time of year again, and this year we don't just want to celebrate
the holidays, we want to celebrate our amazing customers! Stop by the
shop for almost $400 dollars off SUPS, big discounts on stock boards,
50% off select apparel and accessories, and other sick deals!
We really want to let you, our customer, know how appreciated you are! Your support over the years has been immense, and it has not gone unnoticed. Without you, our store would be nothing, and for that, we are eternally grateful.
Come down to the Half Penny Pub in Sayville around 8pm after our sale for some free food, drinks, and surf movies!
Mother Nature definitely showed us who was boss this past Saturday, but it won't stop us from celebrating! Our party & swap sale has been rescheduled to this Saturday, August 4th. All of the same deals & the same bands. There will be an art and skating demo in the parking lot, tons of food for everyone, and the best sales of the year. There will be special surf footage being played at night, and some really sick live music. The party starts at 6pm! Stop down and check it out!!
Mike is on 20 years of making boards, and 5 years of owning a successful store, come congratulate him!
**If you have any used funshapes, SUPS, or longboards that you want to sell bring them down! They will sell quickly!**
....and we're back! Everyone at Natures Shapes has been working their butts off making tons of boards of all shapes and sizes. The warm weather is finally here and we are getting out there (all while praying for waves) and enjoying it. We're excited for all of the contests, trips to Montauk, seeing old friends, and all of the other things summer holds for us. We do have a few quick announcements!
We are really excited to now be able to offer early morning yoga classes in the store geared towards surfers, taught by Rebecca, a 200 hour Yoga Alliance Registered Teacher. These classes will change your entire body, as well as mind! Your first class is free, check back for schedules and times shortly!
We are going to be holding group stand up paddle classes as well as our regular one on one sessions. This is a really great way to meet some new people, all while being in the water and getting fit. Moonlight paddles and other exciting things will be coming.
Mike is coming up with new designs and using carbon fiber to create some really interesting short boards that will be an interesting and fun ride. Keep an eye out on the blog for some new designs shortly.
Sorry for the absence of posts. We've been busy enjoying nice weather. Now that it's apparently winter again, we'll post. I'm sure a lot of you know that we make all of our own boards from start to finish, however, I'm not sure if most people realize all of the work that goes into it. Everyone at Natures Shapes is a serious workaholic, (I'm actually thinking it might be a requirement to work here). We work until 2, 3, sometimes even 4am pumping out custom boards for the people that have been nice enough to entrust us with their board design. We put a lot of our heart and soul into your board, it's what makes the difference between a mass manufactured chinese pop out, and a board built with YOU, the customer, in mind. We know what waves you ride (we ride them too), and we know what you are specifically looking for in your board. What beats that? Callused hands, tired arms, and sore backs are just a small price to pay for creating something that we know someone will love and enjoy for years.
So for those of you who may not be privy to the process, here's a general overview of how it goes.
Our boards start out as a blank, sometimes even a block of foam. From there Mike will take that blank and shape it into exactly what you want. This process can take hours.
Once lovingly hand shaped, and fins are installed, they are passed onto our AMAZING glasser, Ed Fawess, who is quite possibly the most meticulous man I've ever met. He effortlessly glasses, does SICK resin tins, foam stains, basically everything with complete grace and beauty, I've luckily had the privilege of learning and watching from him many times.This takes many hours, and sometimes up to 2 days. Also, he RIPS!
After the glassing process the board is then hot coated (a layer of resin) by Edgar. Anyone who knows Edgar, (most likely from seeing him out in the water at Gilgo) will tell you what a hard worker, and genuinely nice person he is. He loves his craft and more importantly is good at it. This can be a lengthy process because you have to wait for the board to dry!
After Edgar hotcoats both sides of the boards and it dries, it's ready to be sanded. Depending on the size of the board, this can take up to 3 hours. If it's just a sanded finish board, the process ends here. Phew!
If the board requires a gloss and polish, it then gets a gloss coat, (even after the initial sanding!) Once again, this is a lengthy process as you're at the mercy of the resins slow dry time.
The board is then polished. This is definitely the most tedious process and it takes a certain kind of person to do this. No scratches can be visible, and the board must have a flawless shine!
That's just a basic overview. Throw in customers who want copies of old boards, specific artwork or color, and the process can take much longer. We love what we do. We wouldn't trade it for the world. We are truly honored when someone comes into the shop and buys one of our boards. We love the look on someones face as they get to see a board they created in their imagination become something tangible.
*Also, come down for our swap sale, hopefully the weather will cooperate for some BBQ, Beer, Music, and Friends.
We love our customers, and we want to show that love starting right now. We are offering $150 off all SUPs in stock (there's TONS to choose from), buy one get one on all NS shirts, and 50% off all clothing (including hoodies and jackets) and accessories. This is an EPIC sale, so come down and check it out, it ends Sunday so take advantage while you can!