Kelly Slater being carried on peoples' shoulders with a crowd and the ocean in the background

Kahunas

Bill Feinberg, East Coast Surfing Hall of Fame

Bill Feinburg, who began surfing in 1962 in south Florida, opened the first surboard manufacturing business-Surfco – in Brevard County. He later opened Oceanside Surfboards- one of the most successful East Coast manufacturers of the late 60’s and early 70’s. He was inducted into the ECSHOF in 2012. Published on Feb 6, 2012 Bill Feinberg […]

Dick Catri Paddleout Video

Published on Jun 12, 2017 Dick Catri- the Godfather of East Coast Surfing- was memorialized in a traditional paddleout at Monster Hole, Sebastian Inlet- a surf spot Dick and Jack Murphy discovered in 1963. Friends and family from all across the mainland and Hawaii came to pay their respects to a surfing icon. poster art: […]

Dick Catri Remembrance on Surf Stories

Listen to this audio interview from Scott Mijares on Surf Stories. Scott has gathered interviews from  Dick’s friends including Bill Yerkes, Paul Strauch, Gary Propper, Sean Slater and many others. They share their stories and remembrances, many of which you may not have heard. Well worth an hour of your time.

Aloha O’e Dick Catri 1938-2017

Dick Catri has passed away. Dick made an indelible mark on the surfing world that may never be equaled. Dick was a pioneer, a visionary, an unrivaled promoter of Florida and East Coast surfing. At times he was a pirate and a scalawag. He was idolized by many and resented by some as well, which […]

Ricky Carroll- 25 years of R&D Surf

Ricky Carroll’s R&D Surf celebrates 25 years of business. Ricky got his start in the industry fixing dings at Natural Art, and progressed to full time shaping for NA and Seashapes. He later produced Pro Shapes, Local Motion, Donald Takayama, Hawaiian Pro and other labels at R&D Surf as well as shaping under his own […]

Vintage Youtube: Sean, Kelly and Todd-1987

Up and coming Florida stars Sean and Kelly Slater (15 years old at the time) and Todd Holland appear on Wave Watch-an obscure west coast cable program featuring Pete Townend and others interviewing surfing personalities of the day. Note that the Slater brothers were riding their Kechele boards and Todd has his Natural Art. Kelly […]

Tales of the East Munster Gremlin

    This quasi documentary by Will Lucas features vintage home surf movies filmed in the mid 1960’s, in and around Ormond, and Daytona Beach, FL. Surfing scenes from New York, New Jersey, North Carolina and South Carolina add to the interest of the film. The 20 minute video features interviews with Walker Fischer (the […]

Claude Codgen Promotional Video

This video from 2009 by Will Lucas showcases East Coast Hall of Famer Claude Codgen. It amply demonstrates why he is considered to be one of the East Coast’s great stylemasters-   Uploaded on Aug 1, 2009 Claude Codgen talks about his years in the manufacturing surfboards on the East Coast, of the USA. The […]

Yancy Spencer-1971

  By Tom Hutson This is Yancy III right around 1971 in Atlantic Beach, N.C. where he won $1,000, one of the highest, if not the highest, prizes ever offered for a mainland surf contest. He beat everyone – the guys who flew over from the west coast, including Dale Dobson pictured here – along […]

Pensacola’s Second Generation of Surfing

Written by Ken Roose/Edited by FSM July 10, 2016. Tom Grow provided his recollection of surfing experiences during the birth and first generation of Pensacola surfing beginning in 1957. The second generation will go to 1972 and continue on to Ken’s surfing years to date. The second generation of Pensacola surfing began around 1964 to […]

Scott Bush, Pensacola Beach, early to mid 1960's.

Pensacola Beach Surfing History Timeline

Written by Tom Grow Mahalo to Brenda Stokes for contacting Tom Grow and making this timeline available. 1941: Navy servicemen from California bring their surfboards to Florida with them during war time. Modern Surfing Begins 1957: A Navy guy comes to the beach with his surfboard and surfs while the Pensacola Beach lifeguards watch. Danny […]

Surf Legends of Jacksonville Beach

Enjoy this first rate video by Jax surf historian, Mitch Kaufmann- “A short documentary featuring North Florida’s 4 most influential surfers: Bruce Clelland Larry Miniard Joe Roland Dick Rosborough. Original footage by David Silver”

REMEMBERING DAVO

This is a thread from Swaylocks Forum discussing the passing of Dave “Davo” Dedrick. Sure do miss the guy. Swaylocks Davo Discussion

William, Stanley, and Dudley Whitman

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 […]

Richie Rudolph, 2016 ECSHOF inductee.

International competitor,  Cocoa Beach local and Quiet Flight team standout Richie Rudolph.

Cory Lopez- 2016 ECSHOF inductee

Cory Lopez- gulf coast native, big wave hellman and world tour competitor is inducted into the East Coast Surfing Hall of Fame.

2016 EHOF Inductee Phil Roberts

From the 2016 East Coast Hall Of Fame induction, internationally renowned artist and Floridian, Phil Roberts- http://www.eastcoastsurfinghalloffame.com/

Mark Perry, South Beach Legend

Mark Perry, South Beach Legend by Kim Kelly, Florida Surf Museum Mark grew up in post-WWII Miami, Florida. Sometime in 1964- probably on one of those roasting South Beach summer days- at 12 years old, Mark rode his first waves by the fishing pier. This patch of ocean in South Beach was known to the […]

Aerial Pioneer, John Holeman- ECHOF Induction

Thanks to Will Lucas for permission to publish this video

Interview- East Coast Legend, Todd Holland

Dan Reiter interviews Todd Holland, world renowned surfer for Talking Story. A documentary series which focuses on the history of Brevard County surfing, sponsored by the Florida Surf Museum.  

Carl Hatch and Bill Yerkes Talk Story

Thanks to Will Lucas/Surf64 for the video

Kelly Slater

  Supernaturally talented pro surfer from Cocoa Beach, Florida; a record-breaking eleven-time world champion (1992, 1994–98, 2005-2006, 2008, 2010-2011 ) who reinvented virtually every aspect of high-performance surfing. “His competitive statistics numb the brain,” world champion Shaun Tomson said of Slater, “and yet his most significant contributions have come from outside the competitive arena. No […]

Ron DiMenna

The Long, Strange Tale of Ron DiMenna by Matt Higgins, ESPN The legend says he’s as camera-shy as Bigfoot, or Banksy. A rap sheet tells of a taste for fast living. The rumors? Oh, boy, where to begin … Let’s start with a story about a surf mogul who hates publicity. It was 1988, and […]

William Whitman

EAST WEST – The William Francis Whitman Family

We are thrilled to have permission to bring you this article by Pamela Whitman Mattson, first published in the April/May 2011 issue of The Ocean Magazine. Thank you to Robert Wald and Pamela Whitman Mattson. As in the original article, all photographs are courtesy of the Whitman Family Collection. EAST WEST – The William Francis […]

Renee Eissler – Surfer – Adventurer – Teacher

Published on Jun 15, 2015 A Surf Documentary from Will Lucas featuring East Coast Surfing Hall of Fame Legend, Renee Eissler. Growing up in Daytona Shores Florida, Renee was not satisfied watching the guys surf. It was the mid 60’s and with surfboard sources limited, she ordered a Hansen board from California. Her love for […]

Dick Catri

Born in New Jersey, Catri [pronounced CAH-tri] moved to Miami as a boy. Upon graduating from high school in 1957, he began working as a beach attendant where he met a stunt diver named Jack “Murph the Surf” Murphy, who later achieved infamy for stealing the Star of India, the world’s largest sapphire. The California […]

Alexander Hume Ford: Preserving and Spreading the Hawaiian Sport of Kings

Alexander Hume Ford

The Hawaiians called him simply “Hume.” Alexander Hume Ford (1868-1945), magazine editor, playwright, photographer, unabashed campaigner and founder of Hawaii’s Outrigger Canoe Club, traveled widely in the Pacific Rim and promoted Duke Kahanamoku and George Freeth to an American audience. But he may best be remembered as the “guy who turned Jack London on to […]

Pat O’Hare

Pat is a Real Guy and has been in on things from the start and lived an amazingly rich and varied life, both in surfing and in general. This would make me the lucky guy. I get to pick his brains, ask questions about historical figures who loom large in the surfing world and enjoy being in his company.