Monday, April 27, 2009

Petrillo History

On PCH 1 in southern california is an older surf shop called the "Frog House"

here is their anecdote on Petrillo surfboards:

"When I first started working here around 1967, I was sitting on the floor playing poker with Frank." TK explained. "He had been nicknamed Frog by that time. A guy walked in the door this particular day with two boards under his arms. They had no logos on them. One was a red one and the other blue and he wanted to sell them. Frog asked him where he had gotten the boards and he said I made them myself in my garage. They were really good boards and Frog liked them. Up to that point, The Frog House had only sold used boards and a few wetsuits (which were still relatively new product at the time)."

"The guy who brought the boards in was Frank Petrillo. So Frank "Frog" Jensen and Frank Petrillo entered into a contractual agreement where Petrillo made boards with his name on them and we sold them exclusively on the West Coast out of the Frog House. That was our first venture into selling new surfboards."

"That went along great for 2-3 years and we sold a lot of boards. Petrillo was a big name then, but then the two Frank's had a falling out. Frog thought too many boards were being sold out the back door of Petrillo's glass shop. Petrillo moved to Texas to build boards.

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