Maybe a volkswagen bus with a surfboard on top caught your eye, or you noticed it on a sunny day. Well, there’s a bit of the beach on Eastlake in Seattle. Cheka-Looka is a traditional style surf shop. From the shaping room to the flip-flops, this little surf shop has it all. You can find handcrafted surfboards on display that are shaped right next door, and they will also custom shape any paddle or skim board that you can think up. Among their other products are sandals, shorts videos, a ding repair shop, fin replacement, and wetsuits to keep you warm in the Washington waters.
The shop originally started on July 1st 1998 as a sort of hobby shop that had a good vibe where friends could hang out and talk of the washington surf and at the same time get good deals on equipment. Now the owners Jeff Abandonato and Jason Richardson along with Brian Anderson in the shaping bay, run a surf outlet with name brands such as Rip Curl, O’neil, Mormaii, and Channel Island Surf along with used boards and a full range of rental equipment.