Smith and Holland Surf Shop
Do You Remember?
Yes.....this IS Virginia Beach!
1963 was a banner year for Virginia Beach. That's the year the town merged with Princess Anne County to become a city. Perhaps of lesser significance, unless you were a surfer, was the opening that same year of Smith and Holland Surf Shop. Situated on 22nd Street between Atlantic and Pacific Avenues, it was the first bona fide surf shop in Virginia Beach and set the standard for all others to follow.
Bob Holland (l) and Pete Smith in front of their shop
Shop owners Pete Smith and Bob Holland were no strangers to the Virginia Beach surf community. Bob won numerous surfing championships during his competitive years and Pete would eventually become owner of Pete Smith's Surf Shop on 28th Street and Pacific Avenue.
The complete story of Smith and Holland Surf Shop can be found in "GONE...But Not Forgotten, Virginia Beach" by Beach natives Jimmy Jordan and Shep Jordan.
"GONE...But Not Forgotten, Virginia Beach"
Today, in Virginia Beach alone, there are any numbers of surf shops. Some have even expanded beyond their Virginia Beach roots to reach all over the globe. But it all began with Smith and Holland Surf Shop.
And what about Pete and Bob? Bob retired after many years as a harbor pilot with the Virginia Pilot Association. He recently celebrated his 80th birthday although he looks 20 years younger. Pete can be found on the weekends at
Freedom Surf Shop
on Laskin Road. Stop by and if Pete's there, he'll be glad to autograph a book for you and talk about the good 'ole days. COWABUNGA!
Old Guys Rule gear and apparel. We love it so much we became an affiliate. Go ahead and see what they've got. My favorite is the Chairman of the Board surf tee.