Brevard’s CJ Hobgood, Danny Melhado Inducted into The 2022 ECSHOF

Hillard Grossman Re-printed from FLORIDA TODAY, January 3rd, 2022  Top photo: Nathan Adams/ESM Swaying palm trees in Bali, thunderous waves in Oahu and Champagne toasts off the coast of France. […]

Cocoa Beach legend Kelly Slater wins 56th career title ahead of 50th birthday

reprinted from  clickorlando.com Article by Hillard Grossman “This is the best win of my life,” Slater says HALEIWA, HAWAII – FEBRUARY 5: Eleven-time WSL Champion Kelly Slater of the United […]

Cecil Lear, ESA Co-Founder and East Coast Legend, Passes Away

The East Coast Surfing Hall of Fame is saddened to announce the passing of Cecil Lear today at 91 years of age. Cecil most recently participated in the Induction Ceremony […]

Joe Nuzzo-Founder of Suncoast Surf Shop Dead at 78

reposted from stpetecatalyst.com   Suncoast Surf Shop founder Joe Nuzzo, a longtime fixture on St. Pete Beach, died Thursday morning under hospice care. The 78-year-old U.S. Navy veteran had been […]

Greg Noll, Rick James and the Tale of the Severed Thumb

Enjoy this article about the legendary Greg Noll and the story about how a severed thumb encased in a dixie-cup shaped hunk of resin ended up in Noll’s shop. The […]

Juan Rodriguez- 7 Decades

Juan Rodriguez resides in a quiet corner of the surfing universe- Sarasota, Florida. Juan will be 70 years old in June where he has quietly built an international reputation as […]

Surf Contest Pioneer John Griffin-RIP

    John Griffin, pioneering contest promoter and professional surfing innovator, passed away on April 3rd 2021. John, and his brother Gunner, were instrumental in creating pro surfing as we […]

Portfolio: Allan Margolis

Margolis photo by Roger Scruggs Allan Margolis, one of the most prolific and talented Florida and East Coast photographers, passed away last year while surfing at Ft. Pierce Inlet. Margolis […]

Murf and Blake- A Legendary Session

The year was 1960. Tom Blake gazed out at the two young Florida surfers riding wave after wave of six foot flawless peeling surf. Perched in his lifeguard chair on […]

RIP Steve Holloway- Lightwave Surfboards

Steve Holloway passed away on April 13, 2020. Steve was the owner of the Cocoa Beach landmark Surf shop Lightwave Surfboards. Text taken from Steve’s obituary Stephen H. Price was […]

In Trim- The Gary Propper Story- by Paul Holmes

  Paul Holmes’ profile on Gary Propper ran in the November 1999 issue of Longboard magazine.  *  *  *  Before he even hit his teens, little Gary Propper was already […]

For A moment In Time We’re Kids Again” …RIP Allen Margolis

November 1, 2019 • Passings  Reprinted from Eastern Surf Magazine 2014 East Coast Surfing Hall Of Famer, and one of east coast surfings earliest, truly legendary short board era photographers, […]

Larry Miniard- Jacksonville’s Pioneer Style Master

Mahalo to Justin Quintal for permission to publish this page. Visit his webpage here: https://blackrosemfg.com/ Words: Justin Quintal Efforts to chronicle the story of surfing, though mostly well intention, have […]

East Coast Superstar, Gary Propper, Has Passed Away

Legendary east coast surfer Gary Propper died in his sleep Thursday night, March 14th. Gary was the east coast’s first superstar and a member of Dick Catri’s legendary Hobie surf […]

Slater’s Iconic “Tomahawk Chop” Turn!!

Crossfire! Dugan V. Mez’s Angle Of Slater’s Iconic “Tomahawk Chop” Turn!! Re-print from ESM online March 8, 2019 • ESM Crossfire!, Photos If it was a contest this one was […]

Donations Made in Will Lucas’ Memory

At the celebration of Life for surf historian Will Lucas –Will– it was requested that donations be made to the Florida Surf Museum. We are honored that Will thought enough […]

Noted Surfing Historian Will Lucas Has Passed Away

Noted east coast surfing historian and videographer Will Lucas passed away on the 20th of August after a long battle with cancer. Will was a prolific chronicler of east coast […]

Mike Whisnant:

  Mike Whisnant Whisnant Surfboards Photos by: Scott Cretul / @scottcretul Words by: Mike C. / Editor Location: Atlantic Beach, FL www.whisnantsufboards.com Instagram: @whisnant_surfboards Born and raised in the Jacksonville area, […]

A Truer Line: Balsa Shaper George Robinson

 By Dan Reiter Eastern Surf Magazine, 2016 The shaper formerly known as George Robinson looks too thickly alive, too vital for a man who has been planing and sanding rails […]

Jacksonville Surf Legends.. A Video by Mitch Kaufmann

Enjoy this video by Mitch Kaufmann of Jacksonville legends Clay Bennett, Winnie Strickland and Holly Rubin.  

RIP Ron Heavyside, South Florida Legend

South Florida Surfing pioneer and legend Ron Heavyside passed away on Apri 15th 2018. This article was published just days before his passing… County Pocket: Through time and tide, Nomad […]

East Beats West- Historic Trophy is Re-Discovered

                                                                                                                                                                        1966 was a momentous year in East Coast surfing history. While the sport had been slowly gaining in popularity for a while, the introduction of “The Endless Summer” movie […]

Dave Carson- 2018 ECSHOF Inductee

Congratulations to Dave Carson for being inducted into the 2018 East coast Surfing Hall of Fame. Dave began surfing in Cocoa Beach FL during high school. He later moved to […]

Scott Busbey- 2018 ECSHOF Inductee

Congratulations to Cocoa Beach surfing pioneer Scott Busbey who was inducted into the East Coast Surfing Hall Of Fame this year. Scott, Pete Dooley and George Easley  founded Natural Art […]

Freddie Groskruetz- Surfing Legend- Passes Away

Yet another surfing legend has left us. Freddie Groskruetz has died after losing a long battle with cancer. Freddie was highly regarded laminator who glassed thousands of boards for virtually […]

RIP Joe Twombly

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]


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 […]

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.

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]