Who’s heading to the Jersey Shore this summer?! We should all do our part to support tourism in this area during its first season following Hurricane Sandy. (Jersey Strong!) We were there just a few months ago, while the re-building was still taking place. We discovered several Jersey Shore landmarks that weekend, including Lucy the Elephant in Margate, and the original Ron Jon Surf Shop – home to the world’s largest surfboard—in the town of Ship Bottom on Long Beach Island.
This is the original location of the Ron Jon surf shop, where the company’s first store opened in 1961. Today’s version is more than 8,000 square feet, with four levels of retail.
You’ll find everything you need for a beach vacation, or a beach bum lifestyle, including swimsuits and apparel, footwear, snorkel gear, beach bags and towels, sunglasses, sunscreen, sand toys, souvenirs, and an entire skateboard section. The Boy found a pair of “cool” flips flops, and The Girl pounced on a pink sundress with bohemian flair.
In the middle of it all stands the world’s largest surf board – 24.8-feet long, and 55-inches wide.
Of course, there’s a floor dedicated to surfboards and all related gear. This is The Girl’s rendition of “hang loose,” as taught to her by her uptight, 40-something suburban mom.
Interesting side note: the Ron Jon flagship location in Cocoa Beach, FL is the world’s largest surf shop. It’s 50,000 square feet, and is open 365 days a year, 24 hours a day.