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"a surfer's nirvana and a boarder's wonderland"

A surfer’s nirvana and a boarder’s wonderland set inside a tropical destination themed store. Tropical North is the go-to store downtown Barrie for the average hipster and adventurer, selling stylish clothing, seasonal outerwear, shoes, and boards of all kinds. Owned and operated by Jeff Borgmeyer, a former Canadian and World Champion Windsurfer, Tropical North has been equipping Barrie with surfing and boarding tips since 1991. This family owned surf shop is a genuinely unique board store and sets itself apart from all others in the area by involving itself in the community.

Jeff is a world traveler, bringing his experience and life lessons to his work. He has made Barrie his home, and believes in being a part of the community as much as possible. His experience in competitive Windsurfing enables him to share accredited knowledge with his customers, while the talented staff of boarders and surfers provide expert opinions and valuable advice.

"an unlimited supply of equipment for individual sports"

The shop itself is youthful and yet has a retro feel that appeals to all ages. The wood panels, bright colours, and straw-like rooftops on the change rooms, encompass the feeling of being away on a tropical island. There is an unlimited supply of equipment for individual sports for all seasons, and a vast collection of brand names such as: Quiksilver, Roxy, Volcom, Hurley, Oneill, Element, Billabong, Rusty, Sandbox, Nixon, Toms, Circa, Burton, and many more. However, what makes Tropical North unique is the interactive element they bring to the downtown. The store’s close proximity to the downtown waterfront means Tropical North can facilitate equipment rentals and provide lessons right from Barrie’s beaches.

Tropical North has a trailer set up right on the waterfront that is facilitated for renters and lessons. It is this commitment to the community of Barrie that defines the passion that Jeff has for his business. Lessons in windsurfing, paddle boarding, kite surfing, skateboarding, and more, Tropical North really is the place to go if you’re looking for some outdoor excitement. They also offer premium snowboard services, such a tune ups and expert advice for choosing the right board.
For the audacious water lover, hardcore boarder, and the fashion trendsetter, Tropical North has set the bar as Barrie’s finest board shop. Even if you have never been on a board in your life, don’t let that stop you, take a lesson from one of their experts and get our there.