The Museum has added a classic Greg Noll surfboard to our collection thanks to the generosity of James and Faith Jones. James, who grew up in Sanford, bought this board in 1965 from Parker Boats in Orlando for $165. The board still has the original SlipCheck spray-on traction that was popular in the 60’s. He would travel primarily to Cocoa Beach to surf. James modified the original “D” fin  after later model boards appeared with more high performance raked fins- which likely improved the performance of this board as well. After a few years he got away from surfing and the board has been in storage ever since.

Greg Noll had connections with the east coast because Pat O’Hare had worked in his California shop and learned to shape there before moving to Florida in 1963. Noll began shipping boards to Florida soon afterward, selling boards through Yancey Spencer in Pensacola, Skip Savage in Delaware and numerous other east coast locations. He kept his east coast connections and was instrumental in forming the East Coast Surfing Hall of Fame in 1996.

Mahalo to James for adding a piece of history to the Florida Surf Museum!