80's Surfing and Cultre

Discussion in 'Global Surf Talk' started by archy 2.0, Jul 26, 2017.

  1. Zippy

    Zippy Well-Known Member

    Nov 16, 2007
    There was a shop right on the other side of 36, same road as where Moceans was in the end. Small place in an old storefront? I bought an MTB twin fin there, really obnoxious red checkered design. That might have been my favorite board of all time. Who remembers Zodiac surfboards? Really cheap, like $299 each. I had one and liked it, my buddy was forced to ride it once and said it was worst board he ever surfed.
     
  2. archy 2.0

    archy 2.0 Well-Known Member

    Jul 5, 2012
    LB your thinking of The Islanders owned by Vince Troniec (sp).
    The first surf shop I ever set foot in.
    The property that shop sat on is now Ocean Ave.
    Jeez how things change. I remember when Ocean Ave was along the ocean where the Hilton and the promenade is now and that 4 lane highway was little side streets and homes.
    Place sucks balls now. Time to move.
    Da Mole isn't doin too well. His diabetes gets progressively worse and he can't feel his feet now.

    Oh well.
    Islanders was classic and Tronec was a good surfer rolling with peeps like Corky Carrol.
     

  3. archy 2.0

    archy 2.0 Well-Known Member

    Jul 5, 2012
    Zodiac!!!
    Yes!!
    Made right in North Long Branch.
    Jimmy Jeffries.
    Dead now.
    Cancer. Never wore a mask or nothin.
     
  4. beachbreak

    beachbreak Well-Known Member

    Apr 7, 2008
    Agreed. Other than a 1976 6'8" gerry lopez lighning bolt wing pin single fin that was my first tubes i had a bunch of really crap boards when i first began that really held back any hope of progress. Made me who i am today. A struggling kook.
     
  5. beachbreak

    beachbreak Well-Known Member

    Apr 7, 2008
    Surfing seven presidents, pull right up and park, 1982, bleak, get fries at gaskins just to use the bathroom and warm up. There were some good local surfers. Weird wave compared to chadwick over the ledge late takeoffs, they were up ripping the slopey peak before it broke! I could never figure that place out. Then i took my friends down here and they got hammered.
     
  6. DonQ

    DonQ Well-Known Member

    Oct 23, 2014
    does anyone remember Triple X surfboards?
    Shaped in mobeach,I think he had a shop briefly.
    Atlantic Ave SS
     
  7. Zippy

    Zippy Well-Known Member

    Nov 16, 2007
    Now that sucks. I thought they moved to Belmar at some point. I remember hearing they were looking for a sander and I considered applying. Too bad DaMole is not doing well, he was probably the only shop owner that I felt really talked to me rather than past me or through me back then. Derf was a good guy too, but I always felt like the shop was for rich kids and Moceans was for the poor kids of which I was one.
     
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  8. archy 2.0

    archy 2.0 Well-Known Member

    Jul 5, 2012
    You're right.
    I got Zodiac mixed up with Triple X.
    It's been a long time.
     
  9. archy 2.0

    archy 2.0 Well-Known Member

    Jul 5, 2012
    DaMole genuinely cared about the local groms.
    He took time out of his life to support some of us for sure.
    He would take the late great Malta Mier (RIP) up and down the East Coast on his own dime to contests.
    He hooked me up early on when it was apparent that my parents hated me surfing.
    I eventually became a team rider for the shop and he even got me hooked up with Channel Islands.
    A bad business partnership, poor management, the decline of the industry in the 90's and finally the death of the scene at the white wall in North End was the end for Moceans.

    Derf I never really knew until the 90's. We crossed paths and he knew who I was, but later on whenever I went into his shop he had this air of Too Cool For School attitude and would never hook me up on anything.
    I even sent a girlfriend in there when I was on a surf trip to get some dings fixed.
    Simple minor and not many. When she went to pick it up he tried to charge her some ridiculous amount like $175.
    When I got back I went in there and raised hell till he backed off on the price.
    He came down to one of our locals one or twice and would just paddle to the peak and hassle like he owned the break.
    He got the message quick when we just boxed him and burned him on every wave.
    Show no respect, get no respect.
     
  10. Zippy

    Zippy Well-Known Member

    Nov 16, 2007
    I could see that with Derf. I have a tendency to think the problem is with myself first rather than seeing the shortcoming of the person I'm dealing with. For that reason the things you noticed went right over my head as I tried to be "cool" to. But the fact remains that at Moceans I felt at home and not looked down on and had no reason to try and be cool in that shop. That whole area from seven presidents to the white wall was a surf Mecca to me. Remember that break on the other side of the north jetty in front of the wall where it would break right into the rocks in front of those town houses? I liked that spot.
     
  11. archy 2.0

    archy 2.0 Well-Known Member

    Jul 5, 2012
    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.
     
  12. Zippy

    Zippy Well-Known Member

    Nov 16, 2007
    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?
     
  13. archy 2.0

    archy 2.0 Well-Known Member

    Jul 5, 2012
    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.
     
  14. cepriano

    cepriano Well-Known Member

    Apr 20, 2012
    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
     
  15. waterbaby

    waterbaby Well-Known Member

    Oct 1, 2012
    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.
     
  16. LongIslandBro

    LongIslandBro Well-Known Member

    317
    Jul 21, 2017
    Used to spend summers on LBI in the 80's. Had a board shaped by skip free. Any of you LBI guys remember him?
     
  17. LongIslandBro

    LongIslandBro Well-Known Member

    317
    Jul 21, 2017
  18. surfrat6

    surfrat6 Active Member

    39
    Sep 21, 2011
    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.
     
  19. jaklsurfs

    jaklsurfs Well-Known Member

    473
    Apr 26, 2015
    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
     
  20. jaklsurfs

    jaklsurfs Well-Known Member

    473
    Apr 26, 2015
    first time i surfed a good sized swell in buxton was june 1970 also first time i surfed the lighthouse.