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  1. #131
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    Sure do, but I didn't start surfing up there till the mid 90s even though some of my best friends lived and surfed up there. Even then my sessions up there were far and few between.
    I was and forever will always be a West End boy.
    I had no reason to go up there. From Takanassee to the pier there was always a wave and I could strongly argue that West End was hands down a better wave than those spots.
    In fact I used to tell my friends from up there to come surf The Pit.
    They never really did and that was fine with me. Only a handful of us had that mile and a half all to ourselves and a crowd was rare.

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    Was it all in the north side of the pier? Like the haunted mansion pier? I was at the pier once and the south side looked nice under the lights but after that I never saw it breaking again. I was stopped by the cops down there one night at 2 in the morning. Pulled from the car and frisked, was there a windmill or something down there? Near Monmouth university? Sorry it's been so long since I've been there I'm trying to place what was considered west end, cedar avenue maybe?

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    North End is pretty much from Gaskins to Monmouth Beach.
    From Gaskins to the pier there generally wasn't anything of real quality.
    The Pier itself never had a decent wave and there was a lot of dangerous sh!t under the water from decades of erosion to it.
    The end of the pier complex (stores, arcades, bars, etc) on the South side was a pretty long jetty named Wizard's World for the arcade in front of it that got good occasionally.
    There were two more long jetties south of there that got absolutely world class on big south swells but were fickle.
    South of that there were a bunch of smaller jetties and they all had their day and were fairly consistent.
    Then you got to West End where The Pit is.
    That's where the Windmill is and is still there.
    There was also a Carvel Ice Cream parlor and a movie theater. A head shop and record store.
    Got man. Talking about this really brings back some memories.
    So yeah after The Pit one beach South was FreeLoaders.
    That was my spot growing up in high school because no matter how flat it was everywhere, there was always a little wave.
    And since everyone was enamored with the scene at North End, I was always surfing and surfing alone or with one or two others.

  4. #134
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    Quote Originally Posted by archy 2.0 View Post
    North End is pretty much from Gaskins to Monmouth Beach.
    From Gaskins to the pier there generally wasn't anything of real quality.
    The Pier itself never had a decent wave and there was a lot of dangerous sh!t under the water from decades of erosion to it.
    The end of the pier complex (stores, arcades, bars, etc) on the South side was a pretty long jetty named Wizard's World for the arcade in front of it that got good occasionally.
    There were two more long jetties south of there that got absolutely world class on big south swells but were fickle.
    South of that there were a bunch of smaller jetties and they all had their day and were fairly consistent.
    Then you got to West End where The Pit is.
    That's where the Windmill is and is still there.
    There was also a Carvel Ice Cream parlor and a movie theater. A head shop and record store.
    Got man. Talking about this really brings back some memories.
    So yeah after The Pit one beach South was FreeLoaders.
    That was my spot growing up in high school because no matter how flat it was everywhere, there was always a little wave.
    And since everyone was enamored with the scene at North End, I was always surfing and surfing alone or with one or two others.
    I remember,think it was like 4-5 yrs ago a swell a few days before thanksgiving washed up a cement piling or a buoy or something,dont really remember what it was,but it was bobbing in the lineup for a week lol,in west end.do u remember that,i think I have a pic of it on one of my old cameras.also after sandy there were some 8x8 wood posts floating around,always something good in the water lol.i spent a lot of time in lb when I first started surfing,after sandy nomoco started breaking again and havnt needed to travel

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    Quote Originally Posted by LazyE View Post
    Graduated HS 82. Started surfing and partying religiously in 78. Surfed Hatteras when it was Hugh the week after graduation on my favorite 5'6" twin fin NA. Favorite board ever. Started playing in a band getting paid and getting laid. 80's where awesome!
    nice. I graduated in 83. Tried the College of Charleston for a year, but ended up skateboarding, "surfing" and partying all the time. I couldn't surf frontside yet and my board was way too small for me, so it would basically sink after the take-off...but it was so good looking (excellent airbrush and it was a thruster, which was pretty new and kinda rare at the time) that I didn't want to even think about another board. Natural Art was the most desirable brand on the east coast back then (the "Channel Islands" of the east coast).

    After dropping out of COC, tried to art school in Fort Lauderdale for a couple years...and finally got a thicker twin that actually floated me (but it was plain white).

    Then jumped to Los Angeles for the rest of the 80s - thanks to a cool/alcoholic aunt that let me crash on her sofa. She was sloshed on wine most of the time, which allowed me to overstay my welcome for about a year (not proud of it). Her house was about 7 miles from the beach and I didn't have a car, so I usually skateboarded (gladly) to the beach every day. After finally scraping up enough money to buy a brand new local board...I proceeded to "flat-top" the fins within the first week, while skating down a steep hill, board under arm, and eating sh!t. Didn't learn how to surf really well until I moved to Nor Cal in the 90s.

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    Used to spend summers on LBI in the 80's. Had a board shaped by skip free. Any of you LBI guys remember him?

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    Skip Frye

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    Grew up in Squan.. Main Street and GeeGee's was home. First board was in '73, David Nuuhiwa Fish 5' 10" swallow glassed on fins. I'd buy it back in a second.

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    In 1970 i had a 5 4 hobie shaped by munoz in 1970 and a 6 ft corky carrol spacestick .i wish i still had that hobie the corky carrol spacestick was a pos

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    first time i surfed a good sized swell in buxton was june 1970 also first time i surfed the lighthouse.