From Our Archive
This story was published before Summer 2021, when we launched our new digital experience.

The Perfect Surfboard

Brooklyn’s Pilgrim Surf + Supply can make whatever type of board a heart desires.

MOST READ STYLE
How to Shop Vintage

Fashion

How to Shop Vintage

“Euphoria” costume designer Heidi Bivens talks retro hunting.

Peter Marino, the Architect King of Fifth Avenue

Design

Peter Marino, the Architect King of Fifth Avenue

Saving humanity’s live retail experience from the cold metaverse — one dazzling...

LifeLabs MegaWarm: The Best Winter Jacket

Fashion

The World’s Warmest Jacket

This deliciously pillowy puffer — made from 87% recycled materials — will keep you...

Chris Gentile, owner of Pilgrim Surf + Supply, has always had a soft spot for small-batch surfboard shapers—not the big brands that cosponsor contests but the craftsmen who put out one hand-shaped board at a time. “The shapers we represent are part of a folk tradition,” Gentile explains. “It’s a craft that’s passed down from master to apprentice.” Choosing the right board is a complex calculus that involves your size, weight, experience, riding style, geographic location and aesthetic taste. Hence the need for this airy, fishbowl-like Williamsburg store, where you can peruse for hours over an espresso or a cold beer. If Pilgrim does not have exactly what you need, a custom order is one phone call away; Gentile has a direct line to some of the best surfboard shapers on both coasts. Looking for a long board to get you through the mushy East Coast summers? Try a classic single-fin Kookbox from long-board champion Joel Tudor. Eco-conscious? Go with Danny Hess, who uses cork and poplar instead of fiberglass and polystyrene. When a sport requires exactly one piece of equipment, every detail counts. Custom boards start at $700; 68 N. Third St.; pilgrimsurfsupply.com.

Newsletter

Let’s Keep in Touch

Subscribe to our newsletter

You’re no longer on our newsletter list, but you can resubscribe anytime.