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Discussion in 'Surfing' started by Dawnpatrol, Nov 8, 2019.
A true Ocean Beach institution that I have patronized dating back to 1970 when he carried blemished Aqua-Jet surfboards for a quarter of the price of a new one. I bought a 7' pin from him. Fun board but a wee bit too floaty. Over the years I got a fair price on boards, wetsuits and surfrack pads from Bob. Truly sad to see him pull out but he had one helluva run.
Real surf shops are on the extinction list. Truly sad.
Man, this hits home--literally. I remember the old shop on Vicente, going in there and being amazed by all the beautiful guns, not to mention the heavy D.O.A. photos on the wall.
My first board was a 7'0" Wise... Bought it in '72 at his shop which was right across the street from where my dad lived... Got my first wetsuit there too, a Surfer House angled chest-zip... I think each were $150, which was a ton of money to me back then... Spent a lot of days in that shop, avoiding my dad... I was a grom from the Est Bay trying to figure it all out... The pictures high on the walls, above the boards, only fueled the curiosity... I always love the smells when you opened the door... Neoprene, polyester resin and sandalwood wax... He sold clothes, mostly Ben Davis pants, leather belts and silk-screen shirts of the era... The real deal that is as lacking nowadays as surf movies showing at Civic Auditoriums and Women's Centers... Thanks again Bob for being there, providing inspiration and keeping it real...
I still call the surf report, three times a day. It was a lifesaver when I lived in Berkeley. I remember having to hit redial endlessly before they modernized the phone system.