Throwback Thursday: Ron Jon Marks 50 Years

By  //  August 1, 2013

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Cocoa Beach's Most Iconic Store

ABOVE VIDEO: The history of Ron Jon Surf Shop. Video Courtesy of Ron Jon.

The summer of 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of the Ron Jon Cocoa Beach surf shop.  Founder Ron DiMenna prefers to say out of the spotlight and doesn’t grand media interviews. Prior to the two story, two-acre shop that attracts tourists from around the globe, Ron Jon started as a small shop at the Cocoa Beach Pier (Then called the Canaveral Pier).

Below is an excerpt from the history section of RonJon.com.

“The Original” Ron Jon Surf Shop opened in Long Beach Island, New Jersey in 1961. DiMenna sold surfboards out of that tiny Jersey shore shop and si upplied former customers with surfboards to open their own surf shops on the East Coast. When he headed to Florida two years later and opened the “One of a Kind” Ron Jon Surf Shop in Cocoa Beach, he sold even more….Ron Jon Surf Shop in Cocoa Beach, Fla. is a whole water world of eternal summer fun, encompassing more than two acres, overflowing with more surfwear, sportswear and beach gear than is available in any other single venue.  The flagship store in Cocoa Beach is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.” – Ronjonsurfshop.com

Image courtesy of Robert Overton, State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/89673

Image courtesy of Robert Overton, State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/89673

Image courtesy of Roger Scruggs, State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/162971
Image courtesy of Roger Scruggs, State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/162971

Image courtesy of Robert Overton, State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/89672

Image courtesy of Robert Overton, State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, floridamemory.com/items/show/89672


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