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  • Collection: Oral History Collection

The Bailey brothers grew up in St. Augustine surfing at the Pier, Blowhole, and Vilano Beach. Surfing shaped the childhood and young adulthood of each…

Bert Tavary started surfing at age twelve in Galveston, Texas on the Gulf of Mexico. After graduating from high school, he spent four years in the…

Bill Conner first starting coming to St. Augustine as a child to visit his grandparents. He surfed in the late 1950s with his uncle and brothers. He…

Brandi Schmidt attended Flagler College, and moved to St. Augustine Beach to have better access to the surf. She began surfing Eastern Surfing…


Brooks Bailey talks about his father, Mark, teaching him how to surf, his favorite surf spots in St. Augustine, and trips he has taken to Costa…

Since the 1970s, Burgess Autrey has lived near Vilano Beach, his favorite spot to surf. He discussed his surfboard business, the Vilano Indians,…

Casey and Dan Stahr discuss the Vilano Indians, their favorite surf spots around the world, Zealand Stahr (Casey’s son), and the future of the surf…

Chris Ropero discussed how his father got him into surfing, his use of the Blue Sky Surf Shop, his favorite surf spots in St. Augustine, and a few…


Chris Way came to St. Augustine in second grade. As a pre-teen he began surfing, looking up to older teenaged surfers. He discussed territorialism…

David Banfield moved to St. Augustine when he was a child, and started surfing when he was 12. He attended Florida Southern University, studied abroad…

In his youth, David Farina spent time in surf shops to learn how to shape boards. At age 19, Surfing Magazine ranked him among America’s Top 30 “Up…

Dennis "Biddy" Hunter, was born and raised in St. Augustine. He became one of the first people to bring surfing to the community in the 1960s. He…


Elaine Davis is a legend in St. Augustine surfing history. At eight years old she moved to Florida with her family and started surfing around the…

Eric Norton discussed his first surfboard, bought and shipped from California. He also spoke about some of his surfing influences and what it was like…


Eric Searcy discussed his early years surfing in Ponte Vedra Beach. He also spoke about some of his favorite surf spots in Jacksonville and St.…

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