What is the best older vehicle you think was the best way to get to the surf?
Below is a Chevy Handyman I came across in Maryland back in November. When I first saw it, I thought it was a Nomad. To me, it looks like a later version of the Woody! It got me to thinking about the characteristics of getting a vehicle if you are a surfer. Here are some things I look for: I like height so when I am on the highway, I can see vehicle activity ahead of me … I feel safer when I know I have a warning of a trouble spot on the road. Room for your buddies and 4 boards on the roof. Access to the roof and ability to attach aftermarket roof racks without compromising the vehicles aesthetic quality.
Another quality I look for is for local surf spot convenience … I like the ability to slide a 9’8″ inside the vehicle for the shorter trip avoiding the delay of roof top travel. The nose can rest comfortably on the dashboard! By the way, the Chevy Handyman pictured also had a small Ron Jon’s sticker in the back drivers side window! It all started for Ron Jon’s on Long Beach Island (LBI) New Jersey… fun fact that most would argue incorrectly was Cocoa Beach. I learned to surf on LBI and the family still has a house on the surfing beach in Harvey Cedars. Love LBI!
Let me know which older vehicle you like best to make the surf trip and we will tackle the newer models in the next blog! Be sure to share the characteristics you look for in your surf ride.