“It all began with a surfboard…”
Well, kind of. It really began with three surfboards.
During the late 1950s and 1960s, surfing culture and lifestyle started to boom in the United States. But the majority of the big surf brands and surfboard makers were stationed on the West Coast. This didn’t sit well with some of the East Coast surfers.
In 1959, Ron Dimenna, founder of Ron Jon Surf Shop, became enamored with the sport of surfing. He took a trip to the West Coast in search of a surfboard. Since the demand for custom surfboards was so high on the East Coast, Ron’s father suggested bringing three boards back and selling two of them.
Thus, the entrepreneurial spirit of Ron Dimenna was invigorated.
Since then, Ron Jon Surf Shop has been a world-renowned name in surfing, beach fashion and lifestyle. With locations all over the globe, Ron Jon Surf Shop has officially set up shop here in Panama City Beach.
Located conveniently in Pier Park, you won’t be able to miss the iconic Ron Jon Surf Shop sign – red, black and white between two longboards. (Perhaps the first two he sold?)
As you step in, the fragrance of surf wax immediately fills your senses. And while surfing gear lines the walls of Ron Jon Surf Shop, it’s certainly not the only reason to visit.
Ron Jon’s has everything from skateboarding gear and bathing suits to clothing and stickers. Even if you’re just stopping by to look and take photos, there’s definitely something here to help you remember your visit.
Head over to Ron Jon Surf Shop and immerse yourself in a slice of East Coast surfing history.
– Logan Singleton
Junior Copywriter, Innisfree Hotels