New Smyrna Beach is a lovely slip of island off Central Florida's east coast, an inlet below the bustle of Daytona and worlds away. Legend tells us Ponce de Leon landed here before sailing to St. Augustine to found North America's oldest city. The town has fostered more world-class surfers than any other on earth. Here surfing is not a sport, hobby, or pastime. Surfing is a way of life with its own rules, language, culture and customs.
In a new pictorial history book by local author Kate Cumiskey, over 200 vintage photographs commemorate the pioneers and the professionals, the grommets and maybe a kook or two.
Highlights of Surfing in New Smyrna Beach:
• Never before seen historic photographs from both public and private collections
• The notorious inlet of Crane's The Open Boat
• The New Smyrna Beach Surfing Monument
• Photos of Skipper Eppelin, Ron Dreggors and Charlie Lyons
Available at area bookstores, independent retailers, and online retailers, or through Arcadia Publishing at 888.313.2665 or www.arcadiapublishing.com.
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