It’s a reminder that we’ll soon need to leave for a high tide session and board demo at a noted local spot called The Poles. “Set it and forget it,” Jefferys instructs-an assurance to Ozzie and Burch that leaving lines in the water is not just normal protocol when fishing in this part of the world, it can often be the key to snagging a keeper. Fishing poles. Busch Beer. An unstable dock. And mullets. Lots of mullets.
Some who came felt obliged to tell us about better days. “You should have been here last week,” we heard again and again, a reference to the previous week’s swell, compliments of Winter Storm Riley, which brought overhead or larger surf to nearly every beach town on the Atlantic coast of Florida.
And the creative energy spread from the front of the compound to the shaping bay with Ryan Heavyside banging out a sweet little twin fish (which Wright made sure to paint all over before it was sent to be glassed), and Burch going to town on another blank, which under the hands of the Southern California shaping prodigy, became a fork-nosed, asym with concave entry rocker faster than anyone could say “Asymmetrical.
On a haphazardly built dock in Mayport, Florida, Encinitas’ Ryan Burch and Narabeen’s Ozzie Wright are inspecting about a half dozen, pint-sized finger mullets in a small bucket and receiving a lesson on how to properly bait a hook from Volcom East Coast Marketing Manager and North Florida native Dane Jefferys.
I’ve joined up with Wright, Burch, and the Volcom crew for a tour of the East Coast of Florida dubbed The Road Rager Surf Tour 2018.
But for now our group is anxiously waiting on a ride back to the little beach bungalow in which we’re staying behind famed south Florida surf shop Nomad’s, the location of the third event of our tour that took place the night before.
We’re standing outside Surfer Blood drummer, Mike McCleary’s new and well-apportioned music studio where various members of our group just finished laying down a song called “F*** Computers,” written by Wright in the Uber ride to the studio roughly two and half hours ago.
Beginning with an impromptu open jam at the end of The Mother Gooses’ set-which at one point featured Volcom employees Daniel Terry, Remy Stratton, and Dane Jefferys rotating through instruments, while Wright played guitar and sang an array of covers, like Donovan’s “Riki Tiki Tavi”-the music went late into the night, with talented Boynton Beach musicians joining in on everything from drums and bass to recorder (yes, a recorder! ).
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