Created to share our life's passion of riding waves.
NEWPORT, RI - Rhody Surf, Inc. is a locally owned company that was created and is based in Newport, Rhode Island. It was established to simply spread a passionate love of surfing, the environment and the ocean through teaching others how to surf and thus, build their own personal connection and respect for our natural surroundings. Not widely known as a surf destination, Rhody Surf wanted to help shine a brighter light on Rhode Island as the perfect place to catch your first wave.
Rhody Surf, Inc. was officially incorporated in 2011 by founder and operator, Bobby Drought. Prior to Rhody Surf's incorporation, the Southern Rhode Island native and his crew had been teaching surf lessons as a labor of love for the past 10 years in and around Aquidneck Island - helping make them some of the most experienced and knowledgeable surf instructors throughout New England. To learn more about Rhody Surf's team's personal stories, check out the 'Our Crew' section of the website.
Rhody Surf didn't start out as not your standard surf company. An award-winning surf school, with a primary service at the beach, Rhody Surf shifted the surf shop paradigm to an online surf school where you can learn everything about our company, purchase our private-label surf gear, browse our instruction offerings and book a lesson on the interactive website. For the first few years, our primary location was right on the beach.
Through its popular surf instruction courses, Rhody Surf organically grew and the need for a formal homebase of operations came in 2017. Rhody Surf decided to establish a brick & mortar surf shop right where it all started, in Downtown Newport on the Memorial Boulevard & Thames Street intersection. Today, Rhody Surf can be found in the heart of The City by the Sea. Our large SUP and surfboard rental inventory can be conveniently picked-up at our downtown surf shop. Like its namesake, and the founder, the shop primarily carries surf brands and goods made in Lil' Rhody.
2016: Newport Chamber of Commerce's Excellence in Business Emerging Leader Award
2015: Newport Life's Magazine Best Summer Camp in Newport County
2012: Yankee Magazine's Best Service in New England
2011: Rhode Island Monthly Magazine's Best Surf Lessons in Rhode Island