Wednesday afternoon, we made it over to the Pine Surf Shop & Gallery - open about a year now across from Farius Surf Shop (where Grain Home Grown Kits are available). Pine Gallery was a very cool place - great photos and art, and some pretty special boards for sale. We're hoping to do a larger event there in the future (get on the mailing list to be notified). We talked to a bunch of folks that made the trip down to see the boards, and even some old friends like kit builders and folks that have been regulars on our web site. Burgers, cold PBRs, and good conversation filled the afternoon before heading down to Beach Haven to show a slide show of Nick's exceptional photos. Our thanks to Jon and Ann Coen for setting us up on LBI.
Thursday we made a short run up to Bayhead where we definitely had to check into the Beach House Classic Board Shop. Eric and Sandi were super-nice and fun to talk to. The shop is a full-on classic in its own right, and shows their dedication to the roots of classic boards everywhere you look.
After hooking up with some friends for lunch, we hit the road for the return to Maine. It was a full-on slog, with heat, rain, night and fog all on tap. By the time we found our beds back home in the wee hours, we were bleary and done up. But even though there were no waves to demo boards in, I'm glad we went. There's no place like Jersey - the accents alone are worth the trip.