Sid Abbruzzi


Sid Abbruzzi (1951 – ) & Browsing 

Punk-flavored surfer, skateboarder, entrepreneur, and activist, from Newport, Rhode Island, frequently described as “the Godfather of New England browsing.” Abbruzzi used to be born (1951) and raised in Newport. Duke Abbruzzi, his father, used to be an highschool Giant Dume Surf File All State athlete in 3 sports activities (soccer, basketball, baseball), a celebrity first baseman and working again at College of Rhode Island, and performed a season within the NFL. (Pat Abbruzzi, Sid’s uncle, performed 4 years within the Canadian Soccer League, the place he used to be named Maximum Remarkable Participant in 1955.)

Abbruzzi started skateboarding at age 11, on a do-it-yourself board constructed from a two-by-four and steel curler skate wheels. The next yr started browsing, at First Surfing published an article beach, Newport. Whilst at College of Rhode Island, Abbruzzi joined the varsity surf staff, which used to be based by way of fellow pupil Peter Panagiotis—higher referred to as Peter Pan—who went directly to have some of the best-selling signature fashion surfboards ever produced. After throwing in the towel of faculty (“I pulled a prime draft quantity and wasn’t despatched to Vietnam, so I went browsing in Puerto Rico”), Abbruzzi made prolonged visits to Cocoa Surfing published an article beach, Santa Cruz, the Bahamas, and Jeffreys Bay.

In 1969, simply sooner than highschool commencement, Abbruzzi started to import and promote Rick Surfboards from the basement of his circle of relatives house, and in 1971 he based Water Brothers, a surf and skateboard store first of all housed in a beachfront shack. That very same yr, Abbruzzi used to be arrested for defying a no-surfing ban at Ruggles, a rock-lined reef ruin positioned alongside Newport Cliff Stroll, in entrance of a few of Rhode Island’s oldest and costliest houses. He used to be discovered in charge in District Court docket and fined $10.00, however gained on enchantment within the Rhode Island Awesome Court docket, which in flip struck down browsing bans around the state—and helped make Abbruzzi a long-lasting native surf hero.

In 1979, Abbruzzi offered Water Brothers to be aware of his punk-metal band, Giant International; the gang had some regional luck and opened presentations for Iggy Pop, the Tubes, and Johnny Thunders. The band broke up in 1984, at which level Abbruzzi had already purchased Water Brothers again.

In 2010, the Newport Recovery Basis, a nonprofit preservation workforce based by way of tobacco heiress Doris Duke, contacted Abbruzzi about giving a chat on the Duke mansion on native surf historical past. Abbruzzi, a surfboard collector, introduced alongside a couple of antique forums as props. The development used to be successful, and the next yr developed into the Water Brothers Surf Fest, held yearly till 2015. Abbruzzi based, or promoted, or used to be differently immediately concerned with, all way of browsing and skate occasions, film screenings, and environmental reasons. “Sid’s very compassionate about other people,” photographer Joe McGovern stated in 2013, drawing a distinction to the relatively menacing and aggressively-tattooed entrance that Abbruzzi gifts to the arena. “He is aware of other people from all walks of lifestyles, and he treats everyone in point of fact neatly.”

From 1999 to 2004, Abbruzzi, a lifelong skateboarder, used to be section proprietor of Skater Island, a 20,000-square-foot indoor skateboard park positioned in Middletown, which used to be featured in Tony Hawk’s Professional Skater 3.

In 2013, after Storm Sandy introduced down parts of Cliff Stroll, Abbruzzi as soon as once more got here to the protection of Ruggles. Talking sooner than loads at a Newport the town corridor assembly, he defined that the state proposal to fix the stroll—which incorporated two jetties—would modify and in all probability damage the waves. “To thunderous applause,” the Boston Globe reported, “the Town Council unanimously handed a answer calling at the state to not harm the browsing spot.”

In 2016, Abbruzzi used to be elected to the East Coast Browsing Corridor of Popularity in 2016. Additionally that yr, the Water Brothers retail retailer, after 45 years, closed its doorways for just right.

Giant-wave surfer Ian Walsh, who grew up on Maui however used to be born in Rhode Island, is Abbruzzi’s godson.

Sid Abbruzzi


Historical past of Browsing
·Cocoa Surfing published an article beach 
·Jeffreys Bay 
·Pan, Peter 
·Rhode Island 
·Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County 
Historical past of Browsing
·However Will it Play in New York? 
·We Personal the Sidewalks 
·Sid Abbruzzi