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About Us

W82 (formerly Windward Boardshop) is Chicago’s original boardshop founded in 1982 located in Chicago’s lakeview neighborhood. We stock a wide selection of snowboarding, skateboarding, longboarding, swimwear, footwear, apparel and accessories and combine that with a team of knowledgeable gear specialists that will make sure you find the right gear for your unique adventures. Our longstanding experience in the industry and leading edge approach to customer service will change the way you think about a boardshop. Read on below to find the details on the history of windward, our 2010 remodel and new owners, the mission we set out to accomplish and the folks that keep Chicago’s original boardshop going.