Surfing the East Coast Since 1961

How Mike Mann Founded Longboard House

In his own words…

In the late 1950’s, I caught my first wave on a rented surfboard, and from that moment forward I never again had a doubt about what I would do with my life. I grew up in Miami Beach, which is a great place to be from, but troubling because the waves were scarce. I knew I had to get out of there – or face the prospect of becoming a stable, respectable citizen who went to work every day. It was happening to some of my friends…so I left Miami and never looked back. 😀

I have been fortunate enough to have spent years traveling the world surfing, writing, and learning the waters. In the 1970’s, I started Surf Magazine, which was one of the industry’s first publications, and is probably the closest I ever came to a real job. Scary!

I always had a dream of having a surf shop founded in the aloha spirit, a place for everyone and of fun and joy. For the lovers of the beaches and surf to be able to have both incredible convenience & excitement due to so much under one roof.

Ahhhhh, that people could come from everywhere, to share the stoke, to be renewed, and to be rekindled by the bonds…especially among those of us who have been blessed by the love of surfing. 


Over the years I have swapped stories and surfed some of the world’s finest waves with guys who are some of the best you will ever meet:

  • Dale Velzy
  • Renny Yater
  • Robert August
  • Corky
  • Greg Noll
  • Walt Phillips
  • and many more!

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Mike & David Mann

From Concept to Reality

The concept of Longboard House regarding surf was to create a shop where all the best shapers in the world could have their innovations represented under one roof. There was nothing in the world of the sort. The idea quickly took off, and as the years have passed, more and more surfboard manufacturers have asked to have their creations displayed at the shop.

A unique blend of history & future, friendship & camaraderie, science & inspiration.

Longboard House is Mike Mann’s history and his heart.

As the inspiration for it’s name suggests, with an original focus more heavily on longboards, today Longboard House is revolutionary & all encompassing, selling hundreds of boards of all shapes, sizes, & colors from every corner of the globe.

We also ship worldwide!

Sebastian Inlet

Sharing the Stoke of Surfing

I always had a dream of one day having a surf shop that was founded in the aloha spirit, and loaded with the most incredible surfboards on the planet. People would come from everywhere to see ’em, to share the stoke, and to be renewed & rekindled by the bond among those of us who so dearly love surfing.


Longboard House Through the Years