Boarders Surf Shop Christian Stathis

Christian Stathis

Born and raised in Rockaway Beach, Christian grew up surfing and knows the waterways of this beach. His love for surfing lead him to opening Boarders in 2004. He is also a NYC Firefighter. Since the first day Boarders opened Christian has worked to provide the same care in the shop as he does for NYC residents in need of rescue.  A father and husband Christian has stayed true to all that is Rockaway.

Boarders Surf Shop Steve Stathis

Steve Stathis

A massive supporter of the Rockaway Beach Community. Steve is the founder and former president of the GrayBeards. A dedicated group of men whose mission statement is "to help our neighbors in their time of need". They have been pretty busy since 2001 to present doing exactly that! After Superstorm Sandy ravaged the neighborhood the GrayBeards distributed more then $1.2 million to more than 700 victims in our community. Steve Stathis is an honorable, genuine, caring guy. He is the original OG, who can definitely give you a solid story about this Magical Island. 

Boarders Surf Shop Jimmy Dowd


Born and raised in Old Howard Beach (located on Jamaica bay). Growing up his mom took him daily down to the beach. This is where his love for surfing came to light. As soon as he was old enough he moved to Rockaway Beach and it has been his home ever since. Since the 90's he has worked in skateboard retail shops in Manhattan. Jimmy is the Owner of St James Clothing est. 2000 and Co-Owner of Boarders Surf Shop alongside the Stathis Family. Jimmy Dowd is a true devotee to the neighborhood.