Gary Brown, owner of Surf & Ski Custom Screen Printing, is a longtime local business man. He first founded the company in 1968 and has been in business for over 48 years. Though they have moved locations several times in order to keep up with their growth, they have always been headquartered in Mesa, Arizona.
Surf & Ski Enterprises provides printing and art services. They specialize in screen printing techniques for
T-shirts, with two automatic printers and 10 manual printers available. They also have a direct-to-garment printer for one-of-a-kind T-shirts, as well as a wide range of additional services such as embroidery, transfers, vinyl-cut lettering, banners, business cards, calendars, sports bottles, mugs and many other unique promotional items. They have tens of thousands of products to choose from and partner with over 4,000 promotional companies. Job size is no problem for them; they have done print jobs as large as 38,000 T-shirts. They’ve printed T-shirts for large corporations, trade shows, family reunions, girls’ camps, Scout camps, Mesa Public Schools, large families on vacation at Disneyland and even squares for use in quilting. Surf & Ski has tried very hard to keep their prices down—in fact, they’ve had little change in their pricing in nearly 15 years—and they ship all over the country.
They have many longtime loyal customers, some who’ve been with them past the 20 and 30 year marks. Surf & Ski offers a unique service that many larger companies can’t, in that they are able to stock most of their screens so customers do not have to pay twice to have them remade later. They have over 13, 000 screens in stock. Another added bonus in choosing Surf & Ski is their knowledgeable veteran employees.
“We have some amazing and experienced employees,” says Gary, “some who have been with the company over 3 decades and one who has been here for 45 years.”
Gary has been a loyal member of the Mesa Chamber of Commerce since January of 1978 and a short time ago the company received the Chamber’s Heritage award.
Gary also participates in humanitarian work and has recently helped with T-shirts for local Mesa non-profits, such as Helen’s Hope Chest, A New Leaf and the Child Crisis Center.
Surf & Ski’s location is one of the oldest offices in downtown Mesa, the O.S. Stapley building, dating back to 1895. They are located downtown at 137 West Main Street, and their phone number is 480-834-5010. Surf & Ski is open Monday through Friday and closed on Saturdays and Sundays.