Mount Surf Shop is a family-owned, locally-run surf and ski shop located in Mount Maunganui, New Zealand.
The story began in 1996, when Redge Spiers, a keen surfer and skier, returned to New Zealand after a number of years travelling the world. Having met his wife Toni during a snow season in Whistler, the pair decided to swap the snow-capped mountains for a beach-side life in Mount Maunganui.
Redge began repairing surfboards from his shed for a couple of the surf stores that had sprung up around the Mount, as well as helping local legend Mike Murden and his sons at High Voltage. One of the stores he worked with was Ocean Sports, a store in Downtown Mount Maunganui selling second hand sporting goods. After a while, he and his mate Dusty Waddell decided to buy the place, aptly naming it Mount Surf Shop.
With more stock arriving and a growing set of classic boards, the collection gradually found itself being showcased from the rafters, constantly being added to by local surfers wanting to show theirs off too. The Totara Street spot became the local ‘Surf Museum’, a retired feature of the store since it moved a few blocks up the same road, but an attraction we still have enquiries about to this day.
A few years down the line, Dusty felt it was time to take more of a back-seat in the business – and passed his share on to his son Scott, who had just moved back to NZ after working overseas. Both Mount Surf Shops and the newly opened Rip Curl at the Mount continued to thrive until both partners felt it was time for new adventures, and who better to pass the store onto than their current and ex-employees, Matt (Timmy) Saunders and Lauren Pedersen.
Timmy and Lauren continue to run Mount Surf Shop and their Mt Rip Curl store, alongside their trusty mascot Cooper.