Keep calm and surf on

Surf Camp
Kids use foam surfboards and are supervised at the West Coast Surf Shop Surf Camp. - Cindy Lane | Sun

HOLMES BEACH – The West Coast Surf Shop may be down, but it has not lost its stoke.

Brandi Brady, the daughter of owners Jim and Ronee Brady, plans to hold the annual surf camp on Mondays on June 25, July 2, July 9 and July 16 on the beach in front of the shop, 3902 Gulf Drive.

An April 15 electrical fire caused an estimated $250,000 in damage to the shop, one of Anna Maria Island’s oldest businesses, destroying the contents and much of the building and forcing the Bradys to refuse shipments of spring inventory. No one was hurt in the blaze thanks to quick action by three employees.

The Bradys are ready to start rebuilding the shop and the two rental apartments above it as soon as insurance issues are sorted out, Ronee Brady said, estimating four to six months before the shop will reopen.

Meanwhile, the crew intends to keep calm and surf on.

The surf camp has no age restrictions, but campers must be good swimmers and have good attention spans, she said. To register, call 941-778-1001.

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