1942 - looks like mats at the beach rental (SW of
day trips from Philadelphia to Ocean City New Jersey when the forecast looks
good. It’s just a bit more than an hour down the AC expressway.
That’s me riding a mat in OCNJ around
Classic Ocean City New Jersey guest house around 1960...
Mid-60s at the Inlet Delaware...
family spent much of the summer in the Inlet camp ground. The Inlet was best
when it was run by the hi-way department and there was a bar for them to hang
at.That allowed for a great culture of
surfers, fishermen, bikers and the likes.. it had a 24x7 buzz.I got a Hobie 9’6” in 1965 when I was 12.
little brother Bob says that we also rode canvas mats and plywood skim boards
that doubled as paipos but I only recall riding longboards.The south side of the inlet had a faster left
that lent itself to prone riding...maybe I had transcendental experiences on
the canvas mats there.
60s Surf Mobile...
surf buddy Fred had a 48 De Soto that was eventually equipped with an 8
track.Here I am with a girlfriend
en-route from the DE Inlet to Northern Assateague.We paddled our friends across the Ocean City
MD Inlet on our longboards.Life was
good as a teenager.
More recently ..
tubed in Orlando and time shifted to the present.
4GF Vespa,Seaglass Tuna with 1960s plywood
snow board w/ V bottom,52” Austin
Paipo,4GF Mini and mid 1980s Mach
7-7.I mostly ride the mini in typical
E-coast surf these days.I get the Vespa
out when there is more setup time available and glide becomes more important
than quick take off.
addition to day trips to NJ I spend vacations on Assateague and Buxton NC each
year and travel when I can.Costa Rica
Full circle...back to Ocean City, New Jersey in the old days. Notice the mat or paipo rider!