It has been quite a year at Island Water Sports. We have weathered storms together, joined hands to help the community, seen long-time team riders become pros, and had a blast. Here is a quick recap of 2017. We’d love to hear your favorite. Share your favorite Island Water Sports memories in the comments below for your chance to win an IWS gift pack.
We look forward to heading into our 40th year as a local, family-owned business and hope to see you in 2018!
Our Top 9 Highlights of the 2017
1. @islandcamps issued over 32 surf and skate camp scholarships to kids in need and taught over 850 kids to love and appreciate the sport of surfing and skateboarding at surf and skate camp ?♂️?♀️
2. Our @reef free surf and Sup lessons on Saturday mornings witnessed over 5000 participants and zero sad faces ?..
3. With the help of our community we delivered over 1200 cube sq feet of donations to Florida Keys and Puerto Rico after hurricane Irma ?..
9. @iws_skate team rider @pedrodelfino shows up unannounced on the feb 18 cover of @thrahsermag and has the industry calling it one of the best covers of all time ?………….. this is the tip of the iceberg and we couldn’t be more grateful. This year has overwhelmed us, challenged us, and made us eternally thankful for this community we call home. We can’t thank you enough for the love and support you have shown us and we look forward to celebrating our 40th year in 2018 ✨. Say safe tonight ? Happy New Year
Check out our 2017 Timeline of Events
As Island Water Sports heads into it’s 40th year, let’s first take a moment to focus on our recurring events throughout 2017.
Saturday Morning Lessons
We continued the tradition of our FREE Saturday morning surf lessons, named as one of the best free activities here in South Florida. Thousands came through to learn the sport of kings! We are so blessed to be able to carry on this 40-year tradition here in Deerfield Beach. Register for our free lessons here.
We had a blast hosting our very popular monthly full-moon tours and added some fun women’s-only tours and even a unique Ghost Tour, sharing the haunted history of Capone Island. Join us in 2018 as we continue to add more ways to get you out on the water. Our first full-moon tour will be held on January 1st. Register now.
Winter, Spring & Summer Surf Schools and Skate Camps
Another yearly tradition are our surf and skate camps. We are blessed to team up with Deerfield Beach and Boca Raton to offer seasonal surf schools for our local community. We also head out to our local skateparks for some unforgettable skate camps throughout the year. But, our biggest camp of the year is our annual Cocoa Beach Surf & Skate Trip. This year we enjoyed a week of surf, a visit to Typhoon Lagoon, and a load of fun in the sun. We hope you will join us in 2018 for one of our many surf schools and skate camps. Sign up here.
Our long-time tradition of being a great steward of our local beach continued with various beach cleanups throughout the year.
Sadly, we saw the mess left behind after our annual Fourth of July Beach Bash, and this post went viral. As a result, many groups came together to make sure we do our part in keeping our ocean debris-free in the future.
Also, in 2017, Deerfield Beach officially banned the use of styrofoam to make a difference for future generations. If you would like to co-host a beach cleanup in 2018, please contact us.
January 13, 2017
Jamie Foy Joins the Deathwish Team
2017 started with a bang for long-time skate teamrider, Jamie Foy. On January 13th, Deathwish announced Jamie as their newest teamrider with this epic welcome video that was just the beginning of an unbelievable 2017 for our Deerfield Beach skateboarder. Read the blog.
February 10, 2017
Gnarly Charley’s Surf Series
Gnarly Charley’s GROM Surf Series headed to Deerfield Beach. Charley teaches GROMS all the do’s and don’ts and how to succeed in advancing to the next heat in a contest. Gnarly Charley sez…”The best surfer in the world is the one having the most fun.”
February 18, 2017
Island Water Sports Wins 1st Place at SPOT’s Clash of the Crews
Island Water Sports teamriders Jamie Foy, Fabiana Delfino, Josh Douglas, and Pedro Delfino headed to Tampa with team manager, Dan Lundy, and brought home the trophy from Skatepark of Tampa’s 2017 Clash of the Crews.
April 21-23, 2017
Surfers for Autism
Island Water Sports took part in the 10th Annual Surfers for Autism. This annual event brings in hundreds of families from all over the US. Kids living with autism learned how to surf and had a fun day out on the water.
“Hey SFA and all volunteers…I am awestruck at what a difference you all have made in my son’s life, but not just Spenser’s life, but our whole family. When he is out there surfing, he is a completely different child. This is the ONLY extracurricular activity he has had ANY interest in sticking with.” –Amy Spalter Schwartz
May 6, 2017
Fiesta De Shred and Never Board Premiere with Skim the Globe
Island Water Sports’ 11th annual Fiesta De Shred was held at Deerfield Beach Pier on Cinco De Mayo weekend, bringing together both skimmers and surfers for a sombrero-slinging showdown. All proceeds benefited the Kiwanis scholarship fund to help send at-risk youth to Surf Camp.
It is custom for us to bring out the ponchos and pinatas for our annual Fiesta De Shred along with a fun day of skim and surf.
Later that evening we got together to check out some of our local riders in Skim the Globe’s Never Board premiere
May 11, 2017
O’Neill Wave of the Winter
We hung with pro-surfer Corey Lopez for O’Neill’s Wave of the Winter premiere in South Florida. It was a great turnout with food from our local favorites and free drinks from local breweries. Read more.
May 27, 2017
7th Annual Board Swap and Sample Sale
Our Board Swap and Sample Sale is always one of our biggest events of the year. It is the best time of the year to score great deals on used boards and gear.
You can buy, sell & swap your surf, skate, skim, wakeboards, SUPs, wetsuits, fins, accessories and more. It’s a huge community yard sale for everything action sports!!
All proceeds benefited the Kiwanis scholarship fund to help send at-risk youth to Surf Camp. Learn more about the Island Camps scholarship program by visiting: http://
May 29, 2017
Roxy Fitness Event
We had a fun day with our South Florida ladies! Deerfield Beach was honored to be the 2017 US stop for Roxy’s Run SUP Yoga event. Hundreds of women turned out for this sold-out fitness event. We look forward to many more events like this in the future. Read the recap on our blog.
Watch the video here:
June 8 – June 28, 2017
Jamie Foy is featured in this year’s King of the Road and goes Pro
“Foy spent two weeks with Thrasher’s King of the Road on mainstream television through Viceland. This was a pivotal moment for Jamie which he took full advantage of and proved he’d be among the legendary skaters. He even won recognition from pro skateboarder Chad Muska and Thrasher’s over-lord, Jake Phelps.
At the end of K.O.T.R, Jamie turned pro on June 28th, 2017. This was only warm up. What would later ensue is a prestigious title dedicated to the very few who’ve broken ground in the skateboarding world.
June 8, 2017
Nixon and IWS Take On Typhoon Lagoon
Nixon invited a few of our IWS staff for a private session at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon. A great reward for a hard-working team. Thanks, Nixon!
Vissla headed to Island Water Sports for the South Florida premiere of Eddie Obrand’s surfing short film “Pedro’s Bay”. Island Water Sports was ecstatic to be one of the only surf shops on the east coast to host this highly-anticipated short film.
July 23, 2017
Team Riders Ava McGowan & Sterling Spencer Chosen for the US Olympic Surf Team
We were so proud when two of our IWS groms were chosen to be part of the US Olympic training team for surfing. Way to go Ava & Sterling!
July 23, 2017
Skim the Globe Contest
Skim the Globe hosted it’s annual contest in Deerfield Beach. They are centered around growing the sport of skimboarding and working to encourage, teach, and spread the stoke to keep young skimboarders interested in the sport.
August 3, 2017
WSL & KS Wave Co Announce Plans for Surf Ranch West Palm
On August 3rd, we all heard the first news about Kelly Slater’s plans for our very own Surf Ranch in South Florida. We are excited to now know that permits have been issued and we may be seeing glimpses of West Palm’s pwn Surf Ranch in 2018.
August 4, 2017
End of Summer Bash
We celebrated the end of summer for another fun End of Summer Bash. The waterslide was a hit as campers and friends celebrated a summer packed with memories.
August 12, 2017
Back to the Streets Contest at Ramp 48
August 14, 2017
Talk Story with Quiksilver 2x World Champion Tom Carroll
In 1984 Tom Carroll won his 2nd World Title in Deerfield Beach at an IWS-hosted event. He signed this poster with IWS owner, Kirk Cottrell, after his heat.
In 2017, Tom visited to re-sign the poster and tell his story of how this historical event went down.
Carroll made the finals of the 1979 Pipe Masters as a World Tour rookie, finishing 24th in the world that same year. He continued to ascend from 17th to 10th to 3rd before taking the world title in 1983 (winning 6 of 13 events) and distinguishing himself as the first goofy-foot World Champion.
In 1985, he boycotted the South African leg of the tour in protest against apartheid and subsequently fell behind Tom Curren. Carroll finished 2nd the following year.
In 1988, he made history again by becoming the first surfer to secure a million dollar contract (with Quiksilver). He finished third that year and again in 1991 (taking the Triple Crown the same year) before retiring in 1993.
In total, Carroll took 26 career world tour wins, three Pipe Masters victories (87, 90, and 91), and two world titles. Check out the poster, the many memories and the board museum that are all part of the Island Water Sports Vault that was installed as part of the 2017 interior remodel.
August 15, 2017
Volcom Cigarette Butt Challenge
Island Water Sports took part in the annual Volcom Cigarette Butt Challenge and took a stance to put an end to cigarette butts on our beach.
August 21, 2017
Solar Eclipse Mania
We experienced the first total solar eclipse visible from anywhere on mainland United States since the total solar eclipse in March 1979 (before many of our customers were born). With the next eclipse not coming to our country until April 2024, our staff got in on the action and then collected used glasses as part of Astronomers Without Boarders program. Astronomers Without Boarders is a global organization that collects used eclipse glasses so that children around the world can use them for future events. The organization plans to redistribute our glasses to schools in Asia and South America where there will be a solar eclipse in just two years. Read more here.
August 25-29, 2017
As we watched the intense flooding in Houston, our community came together to collect over 5 truckloads of supplies for those in Texas. With the entire country responding, Houston collection hubs became overwhelmed by the response. Our donation not only helped Houston, but also helped to stock Gateway Community Outreach’s pantry and Feline Friends in Deerfield just before we were hit by Irma. We are so thankful for a community willing to help!
September 10, 2017
2017 was an active hurricane season. We saw Houston and the Caribbean devastated. As we braced for the largest recorded storm in history, we saw the community come together and; at the end of the storm, we were so thankful to still see that the shark had not swum away in a storm surge. However, our neighbors just south of us in the Florida Keys were hit hard. IWS staff teamed up with Performance Nissan, our local community, and many partners to serve those hit hardest in the Florida Keys. We were so thankful to the huge response from our community! Read the blog
October 1, 2017
Team Island Water Sports hit the 21st Annual Dunn’s Run to support the Deerfield Beach Boys’ and Girls’ Club. The Dunn’s Run attracts over 2,000 runners, walkers and participants. It is one of the largest races in the Tri-County area.
October 17, 2017
Rusty Shaper Night
Rusty’s Clint Preisendorfer stopped by the store to share some of Rusty’s newest shapes. Although the waves did not cooperate, we had a great time hanging with Clint and hearing more about Rusty.
November 4, 2017
Tim Huxhold Fall Jam
Island Water Sports is always happy to team up with the City of Boca Raton and Tim Huxhold Skatepark to help judge and be part of their contests. We had fun at the Fall Skate Jam with IWS staff, Uli Frallicciardi, Dan Lundy and Pedro Delfino judging the contest.
November 4, 2017
Ryan Owen’s Memorial Run
Island Water Sports was honored to be part of the inaugural Ryan Owen’s Memorial Run. This run was established to honor fallen Navy Seal, Ryan Owen, and build a fund to assist the families of fallen soldiers, service men and women in our area. The turnout was incredible as participants traveled from as far away as New York City. We look forward to being part of this run for many years to come.
November 11, 2017
Veteran Day Board Sale & Skim Clinic
Dreams do come true!! Jake and 3 other lucky shop employees got pit passes to the Nascar race in Miami thanks to Surface Sunscreen!! Peep the story for a glimpse of their amazing day ?? #
December 6, 2017
Team Rider Jamie Foy Crowned Thrasher’s Skater of the Year
‘Every year, top pros are nominated for the Skater of the Year award presented by Thrasher Magazine. Although uncommon for someone to win it the same year as turning pro, it wasn’t surprising that Jamie Foy was a top contender. As Andrew Reynolds, owner of Baker Boys Distribution, put it “[Jamie Foy] changed the game of skating round rails.”.’ READ THE BLOG
December 6, 2017
Boca Raton Holiday Parade
Island Water Sports always looks forward to Boca Raton’s Holiday Parade. This year we are happy to say that the IWS float took 1st Place. Congrats to Uli, Linsey and the team who worked so hard on this float.
December 13, 2017
Holiday Customer Appreciation Party
We wrapped the year up by throwing our annual party to say thank you to our customers. This annual party benefited Embrace Life Children’s Foundation to help provide funding to bring smiles to kids who are dealing with terminal and life-long illnesses. Together we were able to bring smiles to many families who are walking through a tough season as they fight for their child’s health.
We are so thankful for our Island Water Sports family and the community of Deerfield Beach. We look forward to 2018 and a great 40th year for Island Water Sports.