Frequently Asked Questions

Wind Powered®

Shibumi® beach shades are designed to float effortlessly on the ocean breeze. As little as 3 mph of wind is all it takes to keep the canopy floating comfortably.

Because the canopy has no rigid structure, Shibumi beach shades cannot fly away in a strong gust, or tumble down the beach.

Check the current wind conditions at your beach, and view wind forecasts anywhere in the world here: windfinder.com

Shibumi® beach shades need wind to work properly!

Just 2-3 mph of breeze is all Shibumi beach shades need, and most beaches will have a sufficient breeze more than 90% of the time.

Sometimes, the wind at the beach may simply not cooperate, and that makes Shibumi beach shade use difficult. For example, earlier in the day, before the air temperature has had a chance to warm up enough to drive a good breeze, the wind may be too light for ideal use. However, most sunny days at the beach are sufficiently windy, particularly by the afternoon.

We use this handy website to check the wind conditions and forecast before heading out to the beach: windfinder.com

Definitely! Shibumi® beach shades are designed to be easily set up by one person.

The Shibumi Shade® beach shade will easily accommodate a group of 6 sitting comfortably side by side in the shade, with room leftover for bags, coolers, beach gear, etc!

The Shibumi Shade Mini® beach shade is best for small groups (1-2 people), and provides about half of the shaded area of the original Shibumi Shade.

When you buy a Shibumi® beach shade from us, your satisfaction is important.

If you’re not satisfied, no worries!  We accept returns from customers who purchase a Shibumi® beach shade from our website for up to a year from the date of purchase.  

We’re dedicated to making the world’s best beach shade from the highest quality materials, and our number one priority is simply that you love your Shibumi® beach shade.  Within 3 years from the date of purchase, we offer 1 canopy replacement and 1 pole set replacement should you need a replacement.  We can also offer a Free Repair Kit for small nicks and tears in your canopy.

Commercial use of the Shibumi® beach shade, such as for rental purposes, voids return and replacement.  Use of unauthorized third-party accessories voids return and replacement.

Please see our Warranty & Return Policy here for full details and limitations.  

Both the Shibumi Shade® beach shade and Shibumi Shade Mini® beach shade are only offered in our signature blue and teal colors. We love the way these colors complement the colors in the ocean. When you see our blue and teal colors on the beach, you'll also know it's a genuine Shibumi® beach shade.

To our knowledge, Shibumi® beach shades are allowed on every beach in the United States except (1) Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach, Horry County, SC, (2) Rehoboth/ Bethany Beach, DE, and (3) Long Beach Township/ Beach Haven/ Manasquan, NJ:

  • Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach allow only traditional umbrellas between Memorial Day and Labor Day. (Shibumi beach shades are allowed after Labor Day).
  • Horry County, SC allows only traditional umbrellas year round.
  • Rehoboth and Bethany Beach, DE allow only traditional umbrellas year round.
  • Long Beach Township/ Beach Haven/ Manasquan, NJ allow only traditional umbrellas year round.

“Shibumi” is a design concept meaning effortless perfection. At Shibumi, we're on a mission to help you achieve your perfect beach day through elegant product innovation and high-quality design.

Please let us know if you encounter any fake or knockoff Shibumi Shades on the beach or anywhere else. This really helps us protect our intellectual property and protect others from counterfeit products! Please use the form on this page:
Report Fakes and Knockoffs

Look for our single curved frame and free-flowing, rectangular canopy.