For this month’s issue we spent some time shooting the late fall breeze with Dickie Rosborough on a paradisiacal spit of land on Jacksonville’s North Shore, where the 67-year-old surfing-shaping legend keeps an eclectic, surf-y soul pad. Rozo made a name for himself in the early throes of the late ‘60s/early ‘70s shortboard revolution, landing the cover of an East Coast-centric issue of Surfing Magazine before decamping for Oahu in ’73. He spent 11 years on that island’s North Shore—years that he says were his most formative.
But, at a certain point, he felt Hawaii was pushing him out. His relatively cheap rent had been raised. His favorite surf spots got more crowded. He’d lost the drive to chase massive, dangerous surf. Just as his life in Hawaii ceased to mirror his internal principles, Rozo felt his native land pulling him back.
Today, Rozo’s found balance out on Ft. George Island. All aspects related to his modest surfboard shaping business—the R&D, production, and transactions—take place less than a stone’s throw from where he drinks his morning coffee, tosses out a fishing line, or practices his golf swing. And some of the region’s best waves break a few stone throws farther. Far away from the hustle and bustle, the crowds, and the noise of the city are kept, Rozo’s made it so his myriad hobbies, long-held passions, and life’s work remain at his fingertips.
Our Rad Pads issue features the homes of many North Floridians who’ve set up their lives in ways that are analogous. From artists Jeff Whipple and Liz Gibson’s funky home-studio-warehouse in Riverside (“Artists’ Space” by Josué Cruz) to Rick and Laura Minor’s 113-year-old Springfield treasure chest (“A Purple Springfield Mansion” by Nicki Wolfe) to ramblin’ singer-songwriter Nick Williams’ home on wheels (“An Authentic #VanLife”), each home indelibly reflects the values of its inhabitants in tangible ways. And it’s clear from the discussions between our contributors and the Rad Pad resident subjects, herein, that our region—perhaps more than more expensive or crowded locales like New York or California or Hawaii—provides a bounty of opportunities to design one’s life and one’s home in such a way.
We set out to make this issue visually stimulating. But, in my opinion, we happened upon something quite a bit more inspirational than we expected. We hope you agree.
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