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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 brother. The Baileys, discussed the health benefits of surfing, international surfing, altercations…

Since the 1970s, Burgess Autrey has lived near Vilano Beach, his favorite spot to surf. He discussed his surfboard business, the Vilano Indians, Fourth of July surf competitions, the St. Augustine Longboard Club, being a Regional Director for 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 moved to Australia in 1970. He discussed surf etiquette in Florida and Australia, his friendships in…


Greg Rockwell began surfing with his family in Cocoa Beach, Florida on vacations. He attended Flagler College, and as a college student he surfed almost daily. He discussed territorialism, favorite surf spots, and the feeling of being with God out…

Rick Zappone came to St. Augustine in 1981 to attend Flagler College. Zappone surfed at a competitive level and later became a representative for several surfing brands. He discussed the Flagler College Surf Team, the NSSA’s first attempt at a…

Rick Shiver spent his childhood surfing in St. Augustine until he moved to Hawaii. Upon his return to the continental United States, Shiver lived in Atlanta, GA and Daytona Beach, FL and continued surfing. He discussed the naming of various St.…


Patrick Madden started surfing in 1964 in Jacksonville. He moved to St. Augustine and surfed North Beach. He ran a surf shop out of Camachee Cove and later began making his own surfboards. His factory was north of town, close to the Autrey…


Jamie Davis started surfing when his father went out fishing. He moved to St. Augustine, Florida when he was twenty years old. He is one of three sons of surfing parents Ron and Lynn Davis who sheltered, mentored, and fed young surfers in the…

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 and Coming” shapers. Farina moved to St. Augustine and started Zion Surf Company. He sells Farina…

Zander Morton started surfing when he was five, inspired by his family. His family moved to St. Augustine to run the restaurant A1A Ale Works. He surfed for St. Augustine’s Surf Station, and O’Neill and Local Motion Surfboards sponsored him. 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 age of fourteen. She attended Flagler College and then moved to Hawaii to pursue surfing for ten…

Mike Greenwood made custom surfboards under his Greenwood label. He made an agreement with Blue Sky surf shop to sell his boards, where he had a loyal following. He stills enjoys surfing and fishing and shared his surf stories.


Ron and Lynn met working at a pancake house in Ormond Beach and married at age seventeen. They moved to St. Augustine in 1989 and opened up North Beach Surf Camp for a brief while in Vilano. Over the years they became surfing parents to many,…


In 1966, Jeffrey Hollway moved to St. Augustine Beach to teach math at St. Augustine High School. He bought a used surf board and began surfing, often seeing his students at the beach. He discussed his fond memories of surfing at St. Augustine…

John Gamble was born in Cuba. After the Cuban Revolution, the Gamble family moved to New Brunswick, New Jersey. Surf movies inspired Gamble to try the sport one day. He discussed his surfing lifestyle and the many adventures he took part in, such as…
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