A few weeks ago, I jumped on Volcom’s tour bus–a somewhat reliable 1983 Wanderlodge–with an idiosyncratic crew of locals (Wayne Satterwhite, Daniel Terry, and my doppelgänger Dane Jefferys), and two of the most distinctive personalities in all of surfdom, Encinitas’s Ryan Burch and Narabeen’s Ozzie Wright, and headed south down State Road A1A on what had been dubbed The “Road Rager Surf Tour 2018.”
Our plan was to visit surf towns along the Atlantic coast of the Sunshine state, stopping to surf and intermittently throw parties, starting with a stop right here in Jacksonville, a revelrous event at Atlantic Beach’s Hotel Palms. As we moved south, hugging the Intracoastal waterway and pulling off in St. Augustine, New Smyrna Beach, Boynton Beach, and Ft. Lauderdale, Wright, Burch, and Satterwhite drew and painted on everything–walls, canvases, surfboards, instruments. My band, The Mother Gooses, and Miami riff-heavy rockers, Degreaser, provided the soundtrack to each evening’s festivities.
While the tour was a ridiculously fun way to meet new people and see parts of my parts of my home state that I’d only either passed through in search of swell, or never even visited at all, it was also an opportunity to raise money for a good cause. At each stop, through donations and beer sales, the tour raised money for With Love Charity–a Jax-based non-profit that supports children with cancer through events and toy donations.
Before you click away, though, check out the video With Love Charity made about the tour and Volcom’s efforts–oh yes, we raised some coin! And while you’re here, scroll through the gallery we’ve assembled, featuring highlights from the Jacksonville stop, including photos from local lensmen Terry Hanna, Eddie Pitts, Will Vogt and Ryan Montez.