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Good news for Cardiff surfers as bilingual surf shop opens in the city centre

Lobster Bob, sponsors of the Welsh surf team, have opened a bilingual surf shop in Cardiff city centre.

The shop, which covers two small floors, opened last week on Queen Street opposite the Capitol Centre. There are Santa Cruz surfboards, Gill wetsuits and a range of surf clothing brands including their own Lobster Bob range. They also do board wax but only under the Billabong brand.

Lobster Bob also arrange surf lessons both for beginners and advanced surfers. Beginner sessions start at £25 and there is an opportunity for sessions with four-times British surf champion Simon Tucker. There are also opportunities to arrange rib rides in the bay.

Lobster Bob also sponsor the Welsh Thundercat racing team and surf kayaker Nathan Eades who is ranked number nine in the world.


The Welsh surf team outside Lobster Bob on the day of the opening

John Davies, owner of Lobster Bob, said: “As a welsh company we decided to sponsor the Welsh team to promote and encourage Welsh youth to partake in a hugely exciting sport.

“We decided to move to the city centre having had a successful six months down in Mermaid Quay, and decided what Cardiff needed was a quality outlet that not only stocked great clothing but also great technical gear that allowed people to try different water activities.

“In our first week we’ve had a really positive response from the general public, who both love the location and the range of products at very competitive prices.

“The plan for 2009 is to double the amount of stores again, get involved in more water based activities, run the British Surf kayaking championships and support all our team riders!”

The Cardiff shop is Lobster Bob’s second shop as they also have one in Brighton. Mr Davies hopes the new store will be as successful as their previous location at Mermaid Quay in Cardiff Bay.


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