Only a few months shy of turning two, Fat Lips Surf Shop has already become a household name in General Luna. Give credit to the owner Timothy Paddon for creating an affordable go-to surf shop in an island mired with touristy prices, while supporting the growing number of local superstars in the sport of surfing. Here’s a quick list on why we’ll keep going back to Fat Lips for our island purchases.
1. Get entertained by the owner himself
When he isn’t out surfing, you’ll find Tim manning the shop. He’s a Brit-native who lived most of his career in mainland China, sashaying from there to Siargao for years just to surf so he’s definitely filled with rich experiences about the island and the locals he adamantly supports.
2. Take a step at a greener purchase
Following a no-plastic policy, what you choose from the shelves is pretty much how you’ll get it. The shop tries to cut out packaging from its whole process from supplier deliveries to customer purchases.
3. Hail Filipino labels
Fat Lips has a good ratio of purely Filipino surf brands alongside its imported products. They’re the only shop in the whole Philippines dedicated to carrying the much-in-demand Reefside merchandise, but also carrying an array of local apparel from Surfista Travels, AFrame and Siargao Gold, to name a few.
4. Support local surfers
Fat Lips also has their own cluster of wearable surf apparel, from tees to caps. Most of all, they carry surf rockstar Marama Tokong’s own Gwapitos line of shirts and sandos, where proceeds go to his personal travel fund, so he can keep representing the Philippines in various international competitions all around the world.
5. Check out their sale bin
The broke traveller will always be attracted to bargains, and the sale bin at Fat Lips is every cheapskate’s dream. Take your pick from bikinis and board shorts to bring home to your beach collection.
6. Get your branded goods at less
Remember those surplus shops in Subic for imported surf apparel? Fat Lips is likened to its humbler, less capitalistic island version. Boys, take the opportunity to grab a pair of Hurley’s Phantom board shorts for a fourth of its selling retail price. Girls, be sure to check out a varied collection of swimwear on the shelves from Billabong and the likes.
7. Discounts for islanders
And Filipinos! Tim explained he wanted to even out the playing field for the locals so he now offers a discount but evolved to include any Filipino native. (But for the local surfers, he has a soft spot and is more akin to give away merch)
8. Cheapest board rental
While most spots will offer the typical PHP 800 per day board rental, Tim starts his prices at just PHP 350, which does go down if you plan on borrowing it longer (weeks or months). However, when you do get to catch him manning the store, he’s pretty open to haggling those already rock bottom board rental rates.
Fat Lips Surfshop has moved since from its prior location beside Kermit’s, and is now situated along the stretch of the Tourism Rd. Watch out for their logo along the side of the road on the way to Cloud 9.