Daytona Beach, 1938: Florida Surfing Championships

Surf Spots

The Sad Fate of Sebastian Inlet

This video from Surfer Magazine depicts how efforts to save the famous wave ultimately caused it’s demise. The History of Sebastian Inlet's First Peak For nearly 40 years, Sebastian Inlet's freak wedge groomed some of the world's most radical surfers. Ten years after its death, its importance has never been more clear. This is the […]

Sebastian Inlet 1990 ESA Regionals

Enjoy this video from Mitch Kaufmann featuring great longboard surfing from Yancey Spencer, Bill McMillan, Doug Deal and others- including a special appearance by Surf Bob!  

Florida’s Melbourne Beach Surf Club 1979-83

This 10 minute film features Curtis Byrd discussing The Melbourne Beach Surf Club’s early years beginning around 1979. In 1983, as part of Founder’s Day, The Pineapple Surf Contest was born. Lots of great photos. Produced by Will Lucas – surf64.com – in 2013 as part of the Movies In The Park Series. Remastered in […]

North Florida’s Iconic Hixon’s Surf Shop

Video by Mitch Kaufmann Quote from Bill’s obituary April 24th, 2012: RIP William Hixon, 68, surf pioneer, appraiser later in life by John F. Morrison Philadelphia Daily News Bill Hixon was a legend in the rarefied world of Florida surfing, where intrepid young people relish tropical storms and other coastal upheavals that send normal people […]

SWELLS OF INTEREST: East Central Florida Hurricane and Tropical Storm Surf

Published on Apr 3, 2016 Swells of Interest documents 7 years of hurricane and tropical storm surf in East Central Florida. Filmed, edited, and produced by Diana Wehrell-Grabowski, PhD. Storm narrations by Mike Watson of Surfline and Bill McMillen. Thank you to my Sister, Suzanne Wehrell for playing Detective “Sandy Beach”. Thanks to all the […]

Pensacola Icon: Hutson Hardware and Surf Shop

We received this classic photo from Tom Hutson- a lifelong Pensacola surfer : “This is Hutson Hardware and Surf Shop in Pensacola. This was after my grandparents sold their hardware store to Mr. and Mrs. Waters (pictured here), who eventually changed it to a hardware and surf shop. I’m guessing this photo was taken in […]

Surfing Canaveral Shoals- The Real Story

  by Bob Freeman October, 1967 Canaveral Shoals… A small group of us were hanging out at Canaveral Jetties and discussing what the waves might be like out around the Cape. We all knew those beaches were off-limits. Then someone mentioned that on really big days that waves break several miles out where the outer […]

Monster Hole

feature photo courtesy of Tom Dugan/ESM Most Florida surf spots are are just variations of your standard beach break- mostly distinguishable from one another by the fluctuations of swell, tide and wind. Some distinguish themselves from others due to subtle variations in bottom topography. Fewer still have achieved mythical status that often doesn’t hold up […]

Bob Freeman

Surfing Inside Canaveral Jetties

Bob Freeman’s Surfing Memories (bobfreemansurf.com)   1966 Not having a car really sucked. Back then I lived in the old Gateway apartments in Cape Canaveral, so I mostly surfed the Cheri Down area. Weekends I would make the long beach walk to Canaveral Pier to surf there for the day. One Saturday morning, the surf was big […]

Hurricane Bertha Brings Surf To Central Florida, July 2008

Video by Diana Wehrell-Grabowski Footage of surf during the Hurricane Bertha Swell. Shot at four different locations in central Florida during two weekends. The swell from Hurricane Bertha was ideal for longboarders. Central Florida surfers were treated with waves from Hurricane Bertha for two weekends in a row. Background music provided by the Aquanuts, a […]

Sebastian Inlet- 1979

Excerpt from Pete Dooley’s video “It Was Better Back Then”.

Surfboards Hawaii Surf Shop 1968

Surfboards Hawaii Surf Shop 1968

From 1968. This was the Surfboards Hawaii shop, owned by Che Sharp. It later became the Oceanside Surf Shop. The building is still there in south Cocoa Beach. That’s Sam Gornto entering the shop. Here’s a price list from the Surfboards Hawaii shop from about that time:

Historical Photo of Canaveral Pier with the pier extending into the distance. At the top, a large red and white sign reads: Canaveral Pier. On the left, a smaller black and white sign reads: COCOA GOOD VIBRATIONS BEACH. On the right is a Ron Jon Surfing Shop sign.

Canaveral Pier (Cocoa Beach Pier)

The Canaveral Pier is likely the most iconic surf spot in Florida along with Sebastian Inlet. Built in 1962, right when the surfing craze hit Florida, it immediately became a focal point for east coast surfing. The structure concentrated sand around it which amplified and groomed the often meager swell, contributing to Cocoa Beach’s reputation as the “Small Wave Capital of the World”.