This is my site dedicated to surfing of a different kind -- the wet kind.  As I mentioned in my

home page, surfing became important to me around the age of 15.   My friend & I rented

boards at South Beach in Miami and after 2 hours we were both hooked.

My   first      real   board   was   a   Rick   9’   6   longboard   which   cost   $145.         I   knew   I   was         BOSS      riding my   Rick   Custom   Surfboard   during   the   winter   of   1965.         One   of   my   best   boards   was   shaped by   a   guy   called      ‘Murph   the   Surf’      who   was   well   known   in   Miami   as   a   great   surfer   but   was having some well publicized problems with the law. All   of   a   sudden   the   Australians   were   showing   the   rest   of   the   world   that   size   DID   matter   with their   new   short   boards   which,   at   that   time,   were   8’3      with   a   deep   V   bottom   in   the   tail.            We all   followed   suit   using   these   more   manoeuvrable   boards   to   go   places   on   a   wave   which   we had never dreamed of before.  Personally my shortest board was a 6’ fun shape.  I   shifted   to   riding   ‘WaveSkis’   when   I   was   in   my   30’s   due   to   a   chronic back   problem.         This   is   an   Australian   /   South   African   sport   where you   use   a      kayak   paddle   &   sit   up   on   the   ski.      You   drop   in,   cut   back &   work   the   wave   as   in   surfing   but   you   are   strapped   into   this   ski with   a   seat   belt   &   foot   straps.         I   was   in   the   best   shape   of   my   life while I was on that waveski. From   there   I   began   windsurfing   &   collected   lots   of      gear   for   all   the   different   conditions;      3   boards,   9 sails,   2   masts,   2   booms   &   on   &   on.         I   really   enjoyed   the   sport   but   after   a   while   the   simplicity   of   a surfboard & a bar of wax began to look pretty good. I   returned   from   Hawaii   a   couple   of   years   ago   because   although   the   surf,   weather   &   sights   were really   great,      most   of   the   well   known   spots   are   very   crowded.            I’m      back   in   Indialantic   where   you can   always   find   an   area   with   few   surfers.      I’ll   see   ya   at   the   boardwalk,      Paradise,   Pelican,   Seagull, 3rd Avenue (Mel Beach), 13th or 16th (Cocoa), O Club or at 2nd Light.   Well   I’ve   finally   hung   up   my   surfboards.      After   removing   any number   of   skin   cancers...   the   last   five   have   been   melanoma.     No   problem   since   we   caught   them   early   but   it   just   doesn’t   seem smart to bake myself any longer. Surfing   and   watersports   in   general   have   been   my   joy   to   have participated   in   for   many   decades.      As   is   the   case   with   life,   this   is simply a new chapter.  
Surf  
© John W Lasseter
Surf  
© John W Lasseter

This is my site dedicated to surfing of a different 

kind -- the wet kind.  As I mentioned in my home

page, surfing became important to me around

the age of 15.   My friend & I rented boards at

South Beach in Miami and after 2 hours we were

both hooked.

My first  real board was a Rick 9’ 6 longboard which cost $145.   I knew I was   BOSS  riding my Rick Custom Surfboard during the winter of 1965.   One of my best boards was shaped by a guy called  ‘Murph the Surf’  who was well known in Miami as a great surfer but was having some well publicized problems with the law. All of a sudden the Australians were showing the rest of the world that size DID matter with their new short boards which, at that time, were 8’3  with a deep V bottom in the tail.    We all followed suit using these more manoeuvrable boards to go places on a wave which we had never dreamed of before.  Personally my shortest board was a 6’ fun shape.  I shifted to riding ‘WaveSkis’ when I was in my 30’s due to a chronic back problem.   This is an Australian / South African sport where you use a  kayak paddle & sit up on the ski.  You drop in, cut back & work the wave as in surfing but you are strapped into this ski with a seat belt & foot straps.   I was in the best shape of my life while I was on that waveski. From there I began windsurfing & collected lots of  gear for all the different conditions;  3 boards, 9 sails, 2 masts, 2 booms & on & on.   I really enjoyed the sport but after a while the simplicity of a surfboard & a bar of wax began to look pretty good. I returned from Hawaii a couple of years ago because although the surf, weather & sights were really great,  most of the well known spots are very crowded.    I’m  back in Indialantic where you can always find an area with few surfers.  I’ll see ya at the boardwalk,  Paradise, Pelican, Seagull, 3rd Avenue (Mel Beach), 13th or 16th (Cocoa), O Club or at 2nd Light.   Well I’ve finally hung up my surfboards.  After removing any number of skin cancers... the last five have been melanoma.  No problem since we caught them early but it just doesn’t seem smart to bake myself any longer. Surfing and watersports in general have been my joy to have participated in for many decades.  As is the case with life, this is simply a new chapter.  

This is my site dedicated to surfing of a different kind --

the wet kind.  As I mentioned in my home page, surfing

became important to me around the age of 15.   My

friend & I rented boards at South Beach in Miami and

after 2 hours we were both hooked.

My   first      real   board   was   a   Rick   9’   6   longboard   which   cost $145.         I   knew   I   was         BOSS      riding   my   Rick   Custom Surfboard   during   the   winter   of   1965.         One   of   my   best boards   was   shaped   by   a   guy   called      ‘Murph   the   Surf’     who   was   well   known   in   Miami   as   a   great   surfer   but   was having some well publicized problems with the law. All   of   a   sudden   the   Australians   were   showing   the   rest   of   the   world   that   size DID   matter   with   their   new   short   boards   which,   at   that   time,   were   8’3      with   a deep    V    bottom    in    the    tail.                We    all    followed    suit    using    these    more manoeuvrable   boards   to   go   places   on   a   wave   which   we   had   never   dreamed   of before.  Personally my shortest board was a 6’ fun shape.  I   shifted   to   riding   ‘WaveSkis’   when   I   was   in   my 30’s   due   to   a   chronic   back   problem.         This   is an   Australian   /   South   African   sport   where   you use   a      kayak   paddle   &   sit   up   on   the   ski.      You drop    in,    cut    back    &    work    the    wave    as    in surfing   but   you   are   strapped   into   this   ski   with a   seat   belt   &   foot   straps.         I   was   in   the   best shape of my life while I was on that waveski. From   there   I   began   windsurfing   &   collected   lots   of      gear   for   all the   different   conditions;      3   boards,   9   sails,   2   masts,   2   booms &   on   &   on.         I   really   enjoyed   the   sport   but   after   a   while   the simplicity   of   a   surfboard   &   a   bar   of   wax   began   to   look   pretty good. I    returned    from    Hawaii    a    couple    of    years    ago    because although   the   surf,   weather   &   sights   were   really   great,      most   of the    well    known    spots    are    very    crowded.                I’m        back    in Indialantic   where   you   can   always   find   an   area   with   few   surfers.      I’ll   see   ya   at the   boardwalk,      Paradise,   Pelican,   Seagull,   3rd   Avenue   (Mel   Beach),   13th   or 16th (Cocoa), O Club or at 2nd Light.   Well    I’ve    finally    hung    up    my    surfboards.      After      removing      any      number      of      skin cancers...       the       last       five       have       been melanoma.      No   problem   since   we   caught them   early   but   it   just   doesn’t   seem   smart   to bake myself any longer. Surfing    and    watersports    in    general    have been   my   joy   to   have   participated   in   for   many   decades.      As   is   the   case   with   life, this is simply a new chapter.  
Surf  
© John W Lasseter