In the spring of 1998, Colin and Sabine Kearns opened The Surf Shop in downtown Qualicum Beach.
In 2001, Colin and Sabine had the opportunity to purchase acreage in the outskirts of Qualicum Beach (Whiskey Creek), a location conveniently situated on the only highway leading to the West Coast of Vancouver Island. Immediately spotting the business potential, the existing barn was renovated, stables were replaced with surfboards, and come spring of 2003, Island Longboards was born.
Over the next few years Island Longboards saw major growth, leading to yet another renovation. The barn, which began as a single room, saw the addition of a second story to house a bounty of new surfboards, now known as the Boardroom. During this time, Island Longboards developed its reputation for quality, excellence and customer service, all the while forging bonds with some of the best names in the surf industry. With the addition of the Boardroom, ILB quickly became the talk of the town, boasting the largest selection of boards in Canada.
In 2010, to better reflect the vision of the surf shop, Island Longboards was renamed Island Surf Company.
In 2018 Colin and Sabine sold Island Surf Company to long time customers, Colin and Shannon Dunlop.
The tradition of excellence and the love of surfing is here to stay. Whether your stoke comes in the form of an early morning session, a first great wave, winter swell, or a long weekend trip with loved ones, Colin, Shannon, and the Island Surf Company family will be there to help you obtain that perfect day.
Stop by the shop, meet Colin, Shannon, and the staff at ISC, and be a part of our next chapter.