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. In 2015 we needed more space and moved to a 4600 sqft store at 105 Vanderhoof Ave in Leaside Toronto. New for the summer 2021, Boardsports is moving next store to 109 Vanderhoof Avenue. The new store is 8800sqft and our partner store, Sport Swap, will be joining us. With the merger of Boardsports and Sport Swap under one roof, it is time for a new name. The new name is Northline Sports. We will be launching a new ecommerce website later this year.

Nowadays, Boardsports (and Sport Swap) are 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 (38 years), snowboarder (23 years). kiteboarder (21 years), Stand-Up Paddler (14 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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