Joe Twombly, an original member of Dick Catri’s legendary Hobie surf team has passed away. Joe later became a successful businessman with Twombly’s Nautical Furniture where he specialized in resin tables encasing ocean inspired items such as seashells, nautical charts etc. Joe was inducted into the East Coast Surfing Hall of Fame in 2012.
From Pete Dooley-
We loved you Joey Twombly, you made us laugh, you were a great businessman, I looked for you at the Pat paddle out for some of your great jokes. You always had great tips for other business people, you mentored, you were the one who called me to tell me “You’re in” when I was elected into the Hall of Fame.. You met me at the door at the Induction “one vodka no more than two” was your coaching for the speech... Another great businessman told me decades ago.. You know what Joey Twombly told me? (Funny but as always.. so true).. – “When I go to buy something I drive an old Volkswagen van, when I go to sell… I drive a Lincoln Continental”..
Such a craftsman, maintaining and expanding the resin table look with sea shells and sea sculptures encased in resin so people could have our lifestyle right in front of them forever.. Most of the people I admire, admired you more..
When you were a Hobie team surf star, you stoked us out at 16th street….you were just another stoked surf kid having a blast…
Wish I could have told you all of this before you chose to go.. but you would probably been cracking jokes and telling stories anyway.. Missed..