Early Florida Surfing History

Daytona Beach was one of the earliest centers for surfing in Florida with a strong community of surfers dating back to the early 30’s. Some of the first organized contests on the east coast were held on their beaches and pioneers like the Whitman brothers and Gauldin Reed participated.

This video was produced in 2006 but has not been accessible for many years. It features interviews with Dick Catri, Mimi Monroe and others, including the last known interview with surfing pioneer and ECSHOF member Gauldin Reed. Big mahalos to the producer Carl Flamm and WDBC 15 director Andrew Chalanick for helping us track this down. Enjoy!

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