BAY HEAD — The spirit of the surfing community was on full display Sunday as surfers and surfboard enthusiasts from near and far headed to the Beach House Classic Boardshop to pay homage to an intergenerational art form during the annual Spring Old School Classic Boardswap.
According to organizers, the event, held April 25, brings the surfing family together in the fall and spring to reminisce and buy, sell and trade boards. Typically up to 400 or 500 surfers will pass through town for each boardswap, according to the Beach House Classic Boardshop owner Eric Beyer.
“It was a really good time. At first it was kind of stressful because my landlord redid the front of the building the week before … so it was finished the Wednesday before the boardswap, and then the rain, but that ended at 10 o’clock. So, it went really well and we had guys from all over the place, which was cool,” Mr. Beyer told The Ocean Star.
“It was definitely one of the better ones we have had and it was humbling how well it was received. It was just very community-oriented. So many people came to us at the end of the day and were just thankful that we did it and that they had something to do that was semi-normal. It just put smiles on peoples faces, which was nice.”
Mr. Beyer has been operating his shop for around 25 years and hosting the boardswap for about 15 of those years. He said that since he first started the swap, it’s become a staple not only for the borough, but for local surfers who look forward to the event.
“We have run it since 2007, so this is our 25th one. You don’t realize what it means to people each time,” he said. “We had our typical Rhode Island crew, we had guys from Florida that came up, we saw guys from Maryland and Massachusetts and Pennsylvania, Delaware. It was neat.
“We had a father and son who have been coming here since my son was in the seventh grade. I also had many more people who just have always heard about it but this was their first time coming so it was kind of neat. We had a guy from California who scheduled a work appointment in Philly around our date so he could be here, which was cool, too.”
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