Can't remember... Born and raised in Cape May, and my mom says I was swimming before I could walk. Not sure I believe her, really. But my earliest memories of riding waves are on a canvas "raft." If you know what I'm talking about, your chest and stomach will sting with the memories of being rashed so bad you were one big scab two days later. I started borrowing boards from local kids hanging out on the beach shortly after that... back then it was common that if you weren't using your board you let somebody borrow it for a few waves. Surfing culture has changed a lot since then... Got my first board... a used 7'0 Challenger Eastern single fin... in 1974 or '75. One of Tinker's shapes, if the name means anything to you. Good Lord, boards sucked back then. Rode that for years, and when my parents realized surfing was for real for me, they let gave me a new board for Christmas... an original MR twin fin.