Found: The Chillest Hats in San Francisco

Managing Editor Andrew Elkin shares his souvenir from a surf shop in the city’s Outer Sunset neighbourhood.

Collectively, the Air Canada enRoute team has amassed a trove of treasures from our travels – some iconic (tiles from Lisbon), others delicious (dulce de leche from Buenos Aires) and all reflective of the places we’ve been. We’re sharing them here – please share yours, too!

“When my big sister decided to move to California in 2014, it had as much to do with her love of surfing as her dislike for Montreal’s kind–of–endless winters. She went from riding waves a few days a year to three mornings a week. And, soon, I began receiving hand–screened tees and understated hats purchased from Mollusk Surf Shop in the Outer Sunset. The first hat, adorned with a pelican, became my signature topper. Each subsequent gift was like a bottle washing up on the beach, the message inside imploring me to glide on over and visit. Three trips later, I finally set foot in the shop, an oasis of calm and a temple to surfing just a short walk from Ocean Beach. That day I picked out a new hat for me – and one for my sister. Next time, maybe I’ll grab a board and a wetsuit and follow her out onto the water.”

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May 18, 2020