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.
He instantly fell in love. During this time in his life he was attending school in CA, which provided him a ripe opportunity for both surf culture and waves. It was also during this time that he decided he would enter the field of computers. He moved back home and began working as a computer-networking technician. After a day in the office, he couldn't wait to get in the water. Surfing provided a much needed escape. The combination of daily surf sessions and entrepreneurial heritage laid the perfect groundwork for opening his business.
In September of 2004, Olaf married Angie (his college sweetheart) and they began to work on making this dream a reality. Where Olaf is the heart of Sickday- knowledgeable in many aspects of surfing, Angie is the mind- organizing the behind the scenes aspects of the business. Together, they have worked to grow the business from its humble beginning to its present home on 361 Main Street 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.
Sickday Surf Shop Faq's
Q) How do I get to SICKDAY Surf & Skate shop?
A) We are located on Main Street in downtown Wellfleet.
our address is:
361 Main Street
Wellfleet, MA 02667
Directions from Upper Cape (Hyannis/Boston): Take Route 6 East into Wellfleet. At second stop light in Wellfleet turn Left onto Main street. We are located on the corner of Holbrook Ave and Main Street.
Directions from the Lower Cape (Provincetown): Take Route 6 West into Wellfleet. At the second stop light in Wellfleet turn right onto Main Street. We are located on the corner of Holbrook Ave and Main Street.
Q) Where's the best beach to go surfing?
A) Umm.. well this is a tough one to answer. Cape Cod has beach breaks which are constantly shifting and changing. The best beach to surf today may not even have a surfable break next week. That being said, WhiteCrest beach has been nicknamed "Surfers Beach" because of its consistent surfable beach break.