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  • Collection: Oral History Collection


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.…

Jeffrey Sturtevant discussed moving to St. Augustine as an eighteen year old. He began shaping boards and opened his own business with his friends. He…

Robbie Wiles discussed his early progression as a surfer, from using a boogie board to then using different types of short boards. Further, he talked…

Ross Howatt was born in August of 1986 in Jacksonville Florida. He moved to St. Augustine as a child and he grew up surfing Vilano Beach. His father…

Louie Preysz discusses growing up in St. Augustine, his favorite surf spots, and surf contests that he’s attended over the years.

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…


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…

Terry Drozd grew up in St. Augustine Beach and earned his reputation as a grommet of St. Augustine surfing. McDaniel began surfing in Vero Beach and…

Gabe Kling discusses growing up and surfing on Vilano Beach, his career as a professional surfer, and some of his favorite people to surf with.

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…


Lester Goode is a native of St. Augustine and one of the first people to start surfing at the St. Augustine Beach Pier. In 1967, he became injured…

Ric Schilling was born in Jacksonville, but he grew up surfing in St. Augustine. He traveled to surf in Hawaii, South America, and Puerto Rico. He was…

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…


Matt Jeffs moved to St. Augustine with his parents in the early 1970s. Jeffs began lifeguarding in 1978 and became a member of the elite lifeguard…

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

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