A side of wifi with your cof­fee?

After a surf, or wait­ing for a swell, Sun­shine Coast cafes have an­swered the call with bar­bers, boards, baris­tas and, of course, plenty of espresso

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CAFE sur­vival for the 21st cen­tury: good cof­fee with a side of wi-fi.

While surf­ing the web and sip­ping a flat white is a win­ning combo, a few Sun­shine Coast cafes have gone one step fur­ther and lit­er­ally com­bined surf­ing with cof­fee. Stock­ing all kinds of surf gear from ap­parel to boards and even surf pho­tog­ra­phy plus the liq­uid gold to fuel a surf, we’ve mapped out five of the best board shapers/baris­tas on the Coast.

Com­pound Sec­ond­hand Surf and Espresso

Surf and drink cof­fee is their motto, but there is so much more be­hind Com­pound Sec­ond­hand Surf and Espresso. The not-for-profit ven­ture had been brew­ing in the minds of Coolum surfers, Abe An­drews and Aaron Bradley, for years. Their dream was to cre­ate a space for surf­ing en­thu­si­asts to hang out and meet like-minded peo­ple while pe­rus­ing qual­ity surf-brand cloth­ing, surf­boards and other equip­ment to raise money for Chris­tian Surfers Aus­tralia. That dream be­came a real­ity in Septem­ber 2014 and the team at Com­pound are still pump­ing out cof­fees, surf gear and over­all good vibes. Get in­volved by donating items like surf-branded cloth­ing, beach­wear, retro or vin­tage surf­boards, kids' surf cloth­ing and other surf ac­ces­sories like wet­suits, fins and leg ropes. Any cloth­ing not sold in store will be given to other char­i­ties to help surf com­mu­ni­ties over­seas. 23B/15 Heath­field Rd, Coolum Beach. Glass Cof­fee House and Surf Gallery Glassy con­di­tions call for early morn­ings, long surfs, cof­fee breaks, de­li­cious fuel and more surf­ing. Glass Cof­fee House and Surf Gallery un­der­stand what surfers want and have com­bined it in one colour­ful lit­tle drift­wood shack a block back from Ma­roochy­dore Beach. Of­fer­ing a unique space for ocean lovers to re­lax, en­joy some fresh cof­fee and food while check­ing out the col­lec­tion of lo­cally crafted MS Surf­boards and pho­tog­ra­phy on dis­play. 4 80–82 Sixth Ave, Ma­roochy­dore.

Cap­tain Sip Sop’s Bar­ber Shop and Out­fit­ters

Come for the bar­ber, stay for the All­press Espresso and leave

with a Thomas Bexon Surf­board. Cap­tain Sip Sop’s is a play­ground for the modern-day man. Of­fer­ing a full-ser­vice bar­ber shop with a re­tail store, Thomas Bexon Surf­boards plus All­press Espresso, this joint is a one-stop lad shop.

175 Eu­mundi-Noosa Rd, Noosav­ille.

The Is­land Surf and Espresso

If you think Mud­jimba is a sleepy sea­side town, you ob­vi­ously haven’t dropped into the Is­land Surf and Espresso. This lo­cally owned and op­er­ated surf shop is pump­ing… and they are pump­ing out the cof­fees too. With an espresso bar serv­ing spe­cialty cof­fee and gourmet foods, there’s so much to see, taste and en­joy at this funky store. 6/15 Mud­jimba Esp, Ma­roochy­dore.

The Board­store

What’s a skater to do in a town full of ocean-mad surfers?

Swap the wa­ter for pave­ment and check out the skate gear at The Board­store. From clothes and footwear to boards and scoot­ers, you'll find every­thing skate­boards plus a finely brewed Stoker Cof­fee to fuel a day on the pave­ment. 110 Aero­drome Rd, Ma­roochy­dore.

PHO­TOS: BIANCA WHITE

COF­FEE UP: Com­pound Sec­ond­hand Surf and Espresso is a non-for-profit surf shop and cafe in Coolum help­ing raise money for Chris­tian Surfers Aus­tralia.

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