About Us

BOARDSPORTS was started in 1972 by John Boothroyd in a Toronto garage as Wind Promotions, a 100% core windsurfing business. We eventually found a proper store in the Beach area on Queen Street East. Then in 1996 we moved to Yonge Street where we spent the next 20 years! The store was renamed BOARDSPORTS to reflect the broadening focus on all board sports: snowboarding, skateboarding, wakeboarding, surfing, kiteboarding and more recently Stand-Up Paddle Boarding. As of January 2016 we have reloacted to 105 Vanderhoof Ave in Leaside Toronto. Our new location is huge with tons of parking and we are excited to be part of this great community!

Nowadays, Boardsports is owned and operated by Steve Martin. Steve started with the store back in 1995 as a summer employee. In 2003, after working a handful of years as an Engineer, Steve's passion for boarding brought him back to rejoin the Boardsports crew. Steve is a windsurfer (35 years), snowboarder (20 years). kiteboarder (18 years), Stand-Up Paddler (12 years), longboarder, and an enthusiastic (but struggling) surfer.

Along with Steve, we have a key group of awesome managers that are all dedicated riders. And we have been fortunate to attract amazing boarding experts that are professionals at advising customers in finding the perfect gear. Our motto is Expert Advice for Maximum Fun. Whether its gear, travel, or technique, let our experts help you maximize your riding fun.

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