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Surf Vehicles

Surfers have historically been creative (and cheap) when it comes to surf vehicles.  The challenge has always been moving maximum numbers of boards and surfers to the beach with minimum investment.  The "woodies" that are coveted surf rides now were originally popular because they were cheap "back in the day".  Hearses were also very popular because like a wagon, they could also haul a ton of boards and surfers and no one but a surfer would drive one.  As we stumble on interesting surf vehicles at the beach; we will share them here...


"Buy it and they will come".  Mayor John finally found his dream van and it was an instant hit with the gang...

Suddenly it was the 1960's in the beach lot again...

George sent us a photo of his sweet Volvo surf ride "Little Viking", 'nice George!

Kyle and his brother arriving in style in a '60 Oldsmobile, sweet...

Post surf there is nothing like some "tailgate" time with surf friends; here's Vanette sharing the back bumper of her surf van with friends Candace and Amy...

Who wouldn't smile when riding to the beach in a really cool VW convertible...

There is no end to the artistic creativity of surfers on safari...

This is a nice way to roll when you are going to make a surf check; this is Al in his 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air convertible.  A Haggerty's Surf Club hat, Kanvas by Katin T-shirt, sandals, a surfboard key fob, a beach towel on the seat and a hula girl on the dashboard, we love it...

Here is the front end of Al's Bel Air, just beautiful...

It was Christmas morning 2011 when this nice '56 Chevy Sedan Delivery rolled into the lot for a surf check, sweet...

"I love you"Like Suzanne Somers driving that dreamy white T-Bird in the movie "American Graffiti"; this beautiful '54 Chevy pick-up floated through the lot like a vision with the driver giving us the peace sign as she rolled by...  Photo by Amy

Ouu, a 1963 Ford Galaxie surf ride.  Aloha racks, a hula girl on the dash and a Mexican blanket on the rear seat, totally surf chic.  Room for a stack of boards on the roof and a stack of friends inside, nice...

This just looks like fun; thanks to Dan-O for the photo...

With probably 500 horsepower less than the buggy below; this is one nice little surf wagon....

Here we found an early 1900's horseless carriage that has been "slightly modified".  When carriages first went from horses to engines they simply hooked a carriage onto a motorized "tractor".  The owner, builder, driver here modified his tractor by installing a healthy fuel injected 426 Chrysler Hemi.  We think we could get quite a few surfers and boards in that buggy...

Sunny day, waves and a "WAY KUL 1" license plate on your sweet beach ride, life is good...

Two long boards plus one old Ford wagon equals tons of fun...

True to the surfer's lifestyle; one of the gang scored this groovy beach ride for only $1,000 and it came with a roof rack too...

This early '60's Thunderbird brings the kayaks to the beach in style...

No gas and no parking permit required; we love it...

We spotted this neat old Buick woodie on dawn patrol making an early morning surf check; way cool...

An early 60's Nova wagon with surf racks on the roof; Hawaiian covers on the seats and surf stickers on the windows; it doesn't get much better...

One of the requirements of a good surf vehicle is that they haul surfboards with minimum hassel.  Greg only rides boards that are over 9 feet and they all go into his new Honda Element just fine.  Looking good, Greg...

We spied this '65 bug on our way to the beach.  It's owner "Birdie" is a 'glasser at a local surf shop and inherited the car from his dad.  Great history; great surf ride...

This old Ford pick-up nicknamed the "Rusty G" is a regular at Torrance Beach.  It's owner George claims it's original paint and that he never has to wax it.  We love the coffee cup that is on the bed rail 365 days a year; wonder if the coffee is still hot?

This 1931 Model A hauls more bikes than surfboards; but it is a regular at TORR beach.  "So, let's see; if we paid $850 for it new in 1931 and drove it for the last 78 years; how many times would it have paid for itself?" 

Jaaack...  An old VW bus, roof racks and "Jack" on a bent antenna; what else could a surfer want?  O.K., we know, hot and 'glassy waves shoulder high with an off-shore wind and...