Heritage, Dan

First-generation East Coast surfer and surfboard manufacturer from Sea Isle City, New Jersey. "Dan Heritage," SURFER Magazine wrote, "legitimized surfing in New Jersey."

Heritage was born (1944) and raised in Vineland, 45 miles northwest of Atlantic City; his father was a commercial artist. He began surfing at Sea Isle City in 1962, at age 18, and built his first board that same year, after reading a DIY article in Popular Mechanics—the newly-married Heritage mail-ordered the materials and m...