About Us

No one has been selling your favorite equipment longer then us! 

Established in 1999. Alternative Groove is Nanaimo’s original and finest source for Skateboarding, Surfing, Snowboarding, Skiing and Wakeboarding equipment and apparel.  

We work hard to stay current, and offer a product lineup of only the best and most suitable brands for our customers’ needs. Our huge selection includes pieces from some of the industry’s most popular makes and some unique local and international gems you won’t find anywhere else. 

If we don’t have what you’re looking for in stock, we will do our very best to find it for you.

The staff at Alternative Groove are passionate about their sports, and are highly knowledgeable of the industry and products we carry.


“We Sell what we Ride, and we Ride what we Sell!”


Marc Ebdrup OWNER  

AKA: Dark Marc / Eats: Jumbalaya and Pulled Pork / Motto: "Quality is doing things right when no one is watching" (Henry Ford) 

 Email Marc : Marc@alternativegroove.ca



AKA: The Ginga Ninja /  Job: Designer Girl and Social Media Junkie / Loves: Humans, Coffee and my 6ft Swallow Tail / Dislikes: Scary Movies and Yetis / Philosophy: Sometimes you're the Windshield, sometimes you're the Bug! <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

Contact :  Julie@alternativegroove.ca  


Justin Wingrove  ASSISTANT MANAGER  

Job: Motor Bike Riding Poncho Model / Likes: Dirt Bikes, Snowboarding, and Colourful Underwear / Dislikes: Gluten, Pollution and Sock Puppets / Truth: "Your only young once, but can be immature forever!"

Contact : staff@alternativegroove.ca


Chris "Fozzy" Backhouse 

AKA: Quizz / Loves: snowboarding and skimboarding / Favourite movie: Remember the Titans / Favourite food: turkey tetrazzini just the way the mother makes it / Motto: "Half the fun is falling down."



Daniel Gardiner 


AKA: Danny G / Favourite Film: ZOOLANDER / Favourite Food: Cheese / Enjoys: Cuffed pants and show off socks / Motto : Born Boardin! 


Branton Thomson 


AKA: THE NUGG / Likes: Skateboarding, Snowboarding and Cheese / Enjoys: "My Package"