“Seaside, Oregon, born and raised.”

“There was nowhere to get (surfing) gear. I started selling surfboards from my house. Once I sold 10 or 12, I thought I should just start a shop.”

“When we started the shop we had six wet suits in small, medium, large and extra large. If someone tried one on, I wouldn’t let them buy it because it was my “try on” suit. I would have to order it for them. But now we have 6,000 wet suits.”

“In 1980, there were about 12 guys and they all knew each other. Okay, maybe 15. It’s not like it is now.”

“Surfing is like being a heroin addict. Once you’ve had your first shot, you’ve got to have more, there’s no going back. As soon as people started to try it, they realized it. In the last 10 or 15 years, wet suit technology has improved dramatically. It opened up the doors for comfort and warmth. A lot more women started coming into the sport shortly after that because now they could look good, be comfortable, and actually learn to surf. There are plenty of women now that surf just as well as the guys.”

“I recommend renting for two or three times. By that time you know if it’s something you want to keep doing. I also recommend a local instructor, someone with a lot of experience like my instructors. And going to the right beach on the right day is also important for a beginner.”

“There are two beaches, Indian Beach and Short Sands. They are where 75 percent of our lessons are given in the summer.”

“Surfing itself. What’s happening now is there are artificial wave pools opening up everywhere. Kids in Kansas are learning to surf. In Bend, they have a wave pool that they put in the river that can make standing waves. As time goes, more and more of them will be popping up. We do a lot of business just sending them boards and wet suits.”

“Talking with people… Sharing the stoke is the ultimate. And then ripping into the boxes every day after UPS comes and seeing the new toys.”

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