Bob Freeman's
Surfing Memories


... the day 2nd Light was named
Story 1967
East Coast Hall of Famer, Larry Pope, and I had been hanging around Canaveral Pier earlier that morning. The surf was running about 2 feet. Larry wanted to take some pics of me and capture the morning's surface sparkle as a background. He suggested we drive down to Patrick Air Force Base and meet up at the break in front of the AP Shack.
Bob Freeman - 2nd Light - 1967, photo by Larry Pope
... all by myself that morning       2nd Light 1967 - photo by Larry Pope
The only Patrick surf spots I knew were O'Club (not 1st light) and Patrick Pier. I wasn't sure where AP Shack was. Larry told me it was across from the 2nd traffic light. I asked, "Where?" He replied, "... just count the lights past Picnic Tables and pull in at the 2nd Light... the 2nd Light, just remember 2nd Light... What, are you hard of hearing?"
We met there around 9:30am. The waves were mostly chest high with a little onshore breeze on it that created the diamond-like sparkles that Larry wanted as a backdrop. There was nobody out. Larry set up his camera and I paddled out to surf by myself for a couple of hours. The break is much the same now as it was then. Fun peaks on an incoming tide. The rights (in the middle of the break) were breaking perfect every set and walling up all the way to the reef section that forms the left at the north crossover. There it would become very hollow offering nice long cover-ups. I was riding for Hansen Surfboards then and rode my 9'6" Hansen Competitor.
The next day I took my friends Danny and Greg Hodge there and surfed it by ourselves.
We arranged to meet at the 2nd Light.
I give Larry Pope credit for naming the spot.

More...   Larry and I had met just months before. We were drafted together during the VietNam war. We met on a chartered bus hauling draftees from Cocoa to Jacksonville. We didn't know each other before, but shared a seat as we were the only guys on the bus with tans. We were both yanked right out of Brevard Junior College even though we were full-time students. We had 2-S Selective Service Classifications (college deferment). We were on our way to take our pre-induction physical at a Naval facility there... then, on to VietNam.
Fortunately, we were both rejected. Larry because of his feet and me, because I was a kook.

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