Everybody knows that surfing is cool. But to stay afloat in the surf business, you need to be more than just cool - you have to be original. Steve Hennigh should know. He's been surfing for 47 years - since he was 8 - and he's run his own surf shop for almost 30.
Good Clean Fun Surf and Sport opened in north Morro Bay in 1976, and after about two years, Hennigh relocated the shop to Ocean Front Street in Cayucos. Twenty-five years and two locations later, Good Clean Fun is now leaving its spot at 136 North Ocean, from the building that time took care of.
"The ocean ate it like an old boat," Hennigh said of the ocean-front location.
Last month the shop moved up the street, into an older but far more appealing structure. Consolidating with his kayaking store, Cayucos Outfitters, Hennigh now services all your watersports needs under one roof.
At 178 North Ocean St., Good Clean Fun now occupies the historic Tognini Building, built in 1920 as the original Cayucos Firehouse. It has what Hennigh describes as a very hip, art deco interior.
"It has a lot of charisma," he said. "It's definitely one of a kind."
Hennigh's taking that artistic flavor and running with it - or paddling with it, more likely. He's already arranged to display works from local surf artists like Charlie Clingman and Chris Pederson, as well as a local photographer for Surfer magazine.
Good Clean Fun isn't just an outlet for surfboards, surf accessories, and beach fashion, Hennigh explained, it's an expression of surf culture. And the grand opening party - coming soon - will actually be more of an art show than a fashion sale.
Instead of plastering the historic walls with promo posters from Quicksilver and O'Neill, like any other mall-style surf shop, Hennigh's decking the place out with old signs, collectible surfboards, and great art.
"I'm not trying to promote the big brands, I'm trying to promote the sport of surfing."
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