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New surf shop opens in city

Scott Barbour opens The Boardwalk in Parksville this summer
Scott Barbour

For Scott Barbour, opening up a second surf shop in Parksville meant one thing: location, location, location.

So, the owner of Whiskey Creek’s Island Surf Co. found a storefront at The Beach Club along Highway 19A in which to open The Boardwalk.

Catering to tourists and locals alike who are looking for stand-up paddleboards and skim boards — as well as a full line of beach apparel — The Board Shop has it all.

“I had seen the place had been vacant for a couple of years, said Barbour, adding he decided to take advantage of the location when he felt it was time to expand.

Barbour said while his Whiskey Creek surf shop is still well-known for its surf boards, it wasn’t the greatest location for beach clothing — whereas The Beach Club resort location will change that.

“There is higher traffic here,” he said, noting The Boardwalk will carry apparel, skim boards, paddleboards and more.

There will be both sales and rentals available for summer beach visitors.

Come winter, Barbour added he plans to branch out into the snow sports, offering tickets to Mount Washington, outerwear and snowboarding gear.

They were planning on being open this past weekend, with hours of 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. —  so check them out on Facebook or give them a call at 250-240-9400, or drop by the storefront in the new commercial buildings at The Beach Club on Highway 19A in Parksville.