Spotlight on Joe Roland

/Spotlight on Joe Roland

Spotlight on Joe Roland

We recently caught up with East Coast Surfing Hall of Famer, Joe Roland.

Joe shows you the difference 50 years can make, (not much actually)!

The plan was to go for a surf / photoshoot and to bring an antique surfboard, (one of his own – a Roland Twin Fin from 1971), for him to demo for us! It was pretty cool to watch it unfold. You have to remember, Joe is pushing 70 years old and still

Our Boy – Joe Roland – Rick Surfboards Ad Surfer Magazine 1968

riding a TRUE shortboard, (like groms 50 years younger than he is and that’s a rare thing)! First, Joe paddled out on his everyday 6′ Firewire and shredded a few, later he went for it on the “Roland Twinny”. We were not disappointed! Joe got a feel for the older model board and carved it up. Great job Joe! Good to see you are still surfing so well after 55 years!
(Note: We found the Roland Twin Fin, (in great shape) in someones backyard in Arlington. We offered to buy it, but they insisted on giving it to us!) EP

By |2018-07-20T18:12:39+00:00July 17th, 2018|Northeast Florida, Surf Reports, The Poles|6 Comments


  1. rick allen July 17, 2018 at 3:44 pm

    Tom Curren’s got nothin on our boy Joe. You think he can surf. You shoulda seen him dance in 1970.

  2. Kit Carson July 17, 2018 at 4:49 pm

    Not only does he rip – he’s a super nice guy!

  3. Cyndi Hartzell July 17, 2018 at 4:54 pm

    Joe, you’re not only an awesome surfer, but an awesome person too. (He’s also a great musician!) It’s a pleasure to know ya, brother.

  4. Steve Higginbotham July 17, 2018 at 6:24 pm

    Only the hair has changed just a bit…I can recall many many days with Joe in the water at the his self or with Brad and Vincent and Paul on accession…he was always on…and was an Inspiration to me and many others he always had the bar raised when he was in the line up..and most likely stills does.. the most fun surfer to watch of all Time.

  5. Grady Pope July 17, 2018 at 8:32 pm

    I enjoyed this article, and can also testify to Joe Roland being a world class surfer & human being, who sets the Standard as a Professional Waterman and a man who represents the Surfing community with dignity. I am one of the lucky surfers that has observed him in the surf and can tell you he is an awesome athlete!
    GForce out

  6. raymond layne July 18, 2018 at 8:55 am

    I remember seeing someone surfing in the last part of 80s in Neptune beach. Knew it was Joe even after not seeing him for 20 years. Still great style

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