Proof Lab

★★★☆☆
  • 244 Shoreline Hwy

    Mill Valley, CA 94941

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  • 415-380-8900

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Daily, 10am - 6pm

Sports & Recreation

Sports & Recreation
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I called the shop and asked for a specific product for my surfboard. The guy at the shop didn't know what I was talking about but he acted like he did ( I guess to save face...who knows.) He said they had it in stock. I got to the shop and they in fact did not have it. To add insult to injury, he makes all these excuses..."Oh, we were real busy when you called", etc....highly unlikely ! If he would have just told me the truth...." I was way too stoned, and don't know my braces from a traction pad anyway." I would have felt a little better. This is a great place for Marin housewives and brat kids to spend daddy's money on overpriced clothing ( yet, still mostly made in third world sweat-shops. ) It really is nice to get your "retail-therapy" while acting like a surfer, you know...keepin' it real. ( See also this behavior at REI, but there they get to act like they're climbers because they buy caribiner keychains.) Typically this behavior doesn't bother me, and still really doesn't. BUT, when you act like a surf shop, and when you act like you know about surf gear but don't it can really end up wasting other people's time.

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★☆☆☆☆

I called the shop and asked for a specific product for my surfboard. The guy at the shop didn't know what I was talking about but he acted like he did ( I guess to save face...who knows.) He said they had it in stock. I got to the shop and they in fact did not have it. To add insult to injury, he makes all these excuses..."Oh, we were real busy when you called", etc....highly unlikely ! If he would have just told me the truth...." I was way too stoned, and don't know my braces from a traction pad anyway." I would have felt a little better. This is a great place for Marin housewives and brat kids to spend daddy's money on overpriced clothing ( yet, still mostly made in third world sweat-shops. ) It really is nice to get your "retail-therapy" while acting like a surfer, you know...keepin' it real. ( See also this behavior at REI, but there they get to act like they're climbers because they buy caribiner keychains.) Typically this behavior doesn't bother me, and still really doesn't. BUT, when you act like a surf shop, and when you act like you know about surf gear but don't it can really end up wasting other people's time.

Pros: None

Cons: lots

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This place gets 5 stars because is is owned by people who love what they do, not just someone to make a buck. The guys who bought it are local surfers that use the merchandise they sell not just ordinary Joes who want to rip off Marin folk or tourists who want to rent surfboards. They are people i grew up with or know people i grew up with who have been around trying to make it happen and finally did. There is an inside half pipe and an outside large skate ramp. On the weekends there is a large crowd watching the local talent and sharing the good surf vibe that goes around this local loved shop.

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★★★★★

This place gets 5 stars because is is owned by people who love what they do, not just someone to make a buck. The guys who bought it are local surfers that use the merchandise they sell not just ordinary Joes who want to rip off Marin folk or tourists who want to rent surfboards. They are people i grew up with or know people i grew up with who have been around trying to make it happen and finally did. There is an inside half pipe and an outside large skate ramp. On the weekends there is a large crowd watching the local talent and sharing the good surf vibe that goes around this local loved shop.

Pros: friendly, fun (ramp inside), rentals

Cons: nothing

 

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