10 things you remember about the good old days

Discussion in 'Global Surf Talk' started by fl.surfdog, Oct 24, 2015.

  1. fl.surfdog

    fl.surfdog Well-Known Member

    Dec 6, 2010
    1) I remember single fins only.
    2) What the hell is a leash.
    3) Going to the surf shop and smelling resin instead of new clothing.
    4) Sexwax was the only wax.
    5) 1/2 inch thick wetsuites
    6) Epoxy....what's epoxy
    7) Having fun, instead of competing.
    8) Uncrowded beaches.
    9) Camping on the beach and surfing at first light.
    10) Drinking a beer on the beach after a long sesh.

    Let's have fun with this......let me hear your thoughts.
  2. titsandpits

    titsandpits Well-Known Member

    Sep 4, 2012
    3,8,9 I wish I could have been older to experience

  3. Barry Cuda

    Barry Cuda Guest

    #4-- we bought paraffin wax at the local Gulf fuel stations....sex wax was not yet on the market.

    a) each one of us four surfers in the Opel Cadet donating 25 cents for fuel to get to the beach; it filled the tank!!
    b) $1 was enough for lunch on the beach--a hot dog with "everything" on it and a large Coca Cola.
    c) climbing on the roof of my parents home in PR in order to view the ocean to check the surf with a telescope.
    d) my CON Ugly surfboard
    e) my Sidewinder surfboard (made in Florida but I cannot remember the Brand name--anyone remember?? The name started with H)

    too many others for me to recall

    just googled the board and found this: http://www.thesurfboardproject.com/holmesy-sidewinder/
    only 200 were made, and I owned one; too bad I did not keep it. Great nose rider!!
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  4. jballen2

    jballen2 Well-Known Member

    Sep 5, 2010
    11) watching the weather channel to see if the wind switched
    12) not giving a **** about equipment and just surfing the only board you own no matter if it was 1' or 10'
    13) hanging at the pier all day long. Every day.
    14) thinking that older locals were cooler than any pro surfer you'd see in magazines
    15) surf magazines seemed way cooler and way more action packed as a kid
    16) surf videos having actual music and not some electronic crap
    17) not getting super pissed when somebody else paddles out when you're surfing by yourself (this one might just apply to me, I'm more selfish than the average person)
    18) being able to buy a new surfboard for $400 or less. And we're talking name brand here
    19) no Instagram or Facebook or color-coded surf forecasting sites or any other internet crap that I feel like is making it more crowded by the day. I realize the irony on this one
    20) hating on longboarders and boogie boarders just because that's what you were taught to do. Y'all got lucky that SUPs were invented

    For me the good old days were really from like 2000-2005, when I was in my early teens. Things have changed a lot since then but I'm sure people felt the same way then about the "good old days" of the early 90's
  5. Zeroevol

    Zeroevol Well-Known Member

    Jun 22, 2009
    Pulling the posters out of the Surfing magazine and hanging them on the bedroom wall. Then, sneaking the centerfold out of the Playboy magazine and hanging it underneath the surfing poster!

    4) sexwax was the only wax
    22) Everything was fluorescent, and cool. LOL
    23) Gotcha
    24) paddling out at IRI on an overcast 4-6' glassy day and about 2 people out besides me and 3 buddies
    25) Hanging out at the surf shop was actually cool. (Mandalaly Surfshop, Clearwater, FL)
  6. Radderbsurfin

    Radderbsurfin Well-Known Member

    Jun 21, 2013
    26) ditching school with friends to catch a swell.( boss man and my mortgage co. frown upon this lately.)
  7. DonQ

    DonQ Well-Known Member

    Oct 23, 2014
    Even though I started surfing in the 70s, I still believe these are the good old days. I look forward to every swell with the same anticipation and the occasional surprise swell. All we knew is that the weather systems moved west to east and heavy onshore winds meant something good to come. Earlier times my bud and I would hitch hike or take the train with our boards to the beach and we where about 14 at the time. Getting my drivers license opens up new travels. I could get from Jersey to Hatteras and back, eat ,sleep and play for days for under 80 bucks. Gas about 57 cents a gallon. The smells of fiberglass resin, coconut wax, and seawater all bring me back to those earlier times. I still laugh about the leash system when the boxed fin had the securing screw kind of like an eye bolt to tie your leash to. Custom boards and off racks were 200-300.o yea beaver tail wetsuites.
    The industry makes way better boards and equipment now and is producing some phenomenal surfers for those willing to put the time in under all conditions. Too bad the pricing hasn't stayed the same for these up-starts.
    Always in my mind are the beginnings, which keeps me going forward and waiting for the next wave.
  8. goofy footer

    goofy footer Well-Known Member

    Sep 23, 2010
    1) $5.00 worth of gas got you to the beach
    2) called local surf shop for swell forecast
    3) 7'6" Con Butterfly
    4) drilled a hole through base of fin to attach leash
    5) Sunshine House G & S 's came with Frye Wings
    6) No high rise condo's from 94th St to Bobby Bakers @ 118th St. O.C's old surfing beach area
    7) Hippie girls in bikini's
  9. LBCrew

    LBCrew Well-Known Member

    Aug 12, 2009
    Ditching school on a midwinter day to surf, keeping warm between sessions with a fire in the dunes.

    Driving myself to the beach when my parents were on vacation when I was 13.

    Hanging out in the corner of the shaping room watching Dan Heritage Sr. do his magic. If I stood there long enough, he'd dig out a reject blank and some lumpy resin and sell them to me.

    "Hellooooo, this is Clay...."

    Watching surf FILMS at Cape May Convention Hall... and the crowd getting ROWDY.

    A quart of Miller and a Slim Jim for $.99.
  10. Barry bottomfeeder

    Barry bottomfeeder Well-Known Member

    Oct 19, 2015
    The Piping Plover was just another bird. Not anendangered species that dictated our beach access.
    Rockaways was not a trendy place and at times very dangerous.
    King David Manor
    Farmer John wetsuits and booties w zippers
    Surf East dry suits with velcro straps to seal the wrist and ankle.
  11. kidrock

    kidrock Well-Known Member

    Aug 1, 2010
    1) Bayley wetsuits
    2) Black rubber "goon cords"
    3) All boards were Clark Foam
    4) The smell of Sex Wax lasted for days
    5) My first used Lis Fish costed $90 from Select Surf Shop
    6) Saving up Sick Days at school to ditch during swells
    7) Leaving parties at 2 am to illegally siphon gas to surf Baja
    8) Surfing Baja before the condo's and hotels were built over the best waves
    9) Gas was 65 cents per gallon (California)
    10) Cigs were 75 cents per pack
    11) my '64 VW Van
  12. bagus

    bagus Well-Known Member

    Jul 13, 2014
    Columbian red $35oz
    Columbian gold
    thai sticks $20
    super suits
    rolling rock nips at school lunch
    mr natural
    mad magazine , alfred e newman
    calling coast guard station for marine weather forecast
    putting slugs in payphones at beach so you couldn't call your buddies and tell them how good it is
    being an outcast of society , f the man
    being able to just flip a load and go on an extended surf trip
    raggety ann at that Halloween costume party, would love to find her again

    in the land of the blind only one eyed jacks are king

    o those were the days
  13. Barry Cuda

    Barry Cuda Guest

    Mr. Natural, o bagus??
    How about Fritz the Cat???
    Zap Comics
    Janis Joplin Cheap Thrills.....great album!!
    Panama Red.
    Lebanese Hash

    o bagus
  14. bagus

    bagus Well-Known Member

    Jul 13, 2014
    crappy paki
  15. antoine

    antoine Well-Known Member

    Mar 10, 2013
    Great tread! Keep it up forum followers!!
  16. kidrock

    kidrock Well-Known Member

    Aug 1, 2010
    The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers
    Midnight Movie decision: "The Song Remains The Same", "Rocky Horror" or "Andy Warhol's Frankenstein"?
    Hare Krishna's
    Original Churchill swimfins (all green, all soft)
    Heavy localism
    Laughing at the "New Wave" kooks like Danny Kwock

    oh yeah...and hairy beavers
  17. DonQ

    DonQ Well-Known Member

    Oct 23, 2014
    And Spam was something that got stuck in your teeth too.
  18. yankee

    yankee Well-Known Member

    Sep 26, 2008
    Driving to the campgrounds at Hatteras, arriving at night & always finding a spot no matter what time of year.

    Hatteras light. In the original spot.

    Sunshine House in OCMD & Claude Codgen's boards: still have my 6'7 Codgen.

    Those stupid beads that dudes wore around their neck.

    Surf movies at OCMD convention center.

    I think these days are better, though. Seriously.
  19. bagus

    bagus Well-Known Member

    Jul 13, 2014
  20. DawnPatrol321

    DawnPatrol321 Well-Known Member

    Mar 6, 2012