The SICKDAY Surf Shop opened its doors in April of 2005. Its first location was on Commercial street in Wellfleet where is began as a small, grassroots surf operation. But even before it opened its doors officially it was already in business in the mind of owner and Wellfleet local, Olaf Valli. The shop name is based on wordplay. Take a "sick day" and go surfing instead. If the surf is good, surfers will call it a "sick day" at the beach. Olaf says that he dreamt the name many months after deciding to open a surf shop and pondering a name for it. Olaf began surfing in his late teens after a childhood friend introduced him to the sport, taking him out on a surf session at Maguire's Landing in Wellfleet.
It began as surf shop that almost solely peddled surf hardware goods but it has now expanded to paddleboards, beach toys, name brand apparel, sandals, sunglasses, surf art, etc. and has branched into the skate world as well. In addition to selling products, Sickday still continues to teach lessons and rent all necessities for surfing.
Over the years as the business has grown, Olaf and Angie have given back to the Community by offering free lessons to many of the youth on Cape through the Wellfleet Recreational program. The surf shop also sponsors local surfers and skaters providing talented athletes with an affordable means to acquire their much-needed equipment. In addition, Sickday is a supporter of the Surfrider Foundation and Christian Surfers.
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