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”.
In 1962 Ron Dimenna opened RonJon Surf Shop, then a few years later Dick Catri replaced it with Shagg’s Surf Shop. The pier hosted the Easter Surf Festival for fifty years and many national and international surf stars have performed there.
Now known as the Cocoa Beach pier, the waves at the pier continue to attract a daily crew of regulars, surf schools, tourists and colorful characters. They provide entertainment for spectators watching the action while sipping a beer or eating a burger at one of the eateries on the pier.
pier photos courtesy of Buzzy Foyer