Surf’n Gear founder Kurtz Smith, from the farm country of southeastern Pennsylvania, was raised on the  beaches of southern New Jersey where he spent his summers in the shore town of Avalon, NJ. Kurtz was a  young grom in training, hanging out at the 29th St. surfing beach all day and roaming the town on bikes with his buddies from wake up until bedtime (Kurtz is the handsome young guy on the right).

During Kurtz’ college years in the 1970’s he was a member of South Jersey’s renowned Avalon Beach Patrol where he enjoyed a successful lifeguarding career with the ABP and his love for sand and surf became a lifestyle and career path.  Kurtz had a successful career in sales management and marketing with several large Fortune 500 companies before launching his first retail surf shop in 1998, Charleston Watersport located on the beautiful coastline of South Carolina.

Kurtz left the surf business (but not the surf and sand lifestyle) in 2007 when he answered the call into full time work in ministry as the lay pastor for Men’s Ministry at a large Anglican church in the Charleston area but a return to the surf business was always close to his heart. After a successful completion of his ministry assignment Kurtz  has returned to the surf industry with Surf’n Gear.

Surf’n Gear is committed to providing our customers with the finest quality products in the best styles and fabrications at prices that are fair and affordable.  We also only show product on our web site that we carry in stock in our warehouse so we can ship to you, our valued customer, correct, complete and on time.  We stand behind every product that we sell because we actually use all the products we sell.  Finally, Surf’n Gear donates 10% of our after tax profits to several 501-C non-profit charitable organizations that are detailed on our “Ministry Partners” page.