Sid Abbruzzi

Newport, Rhode Island, 2002

I had no intention of going to Woodstock. I picked up my surfboards in New Jersey, turned around and drove my ass home.

Jim Murphy’s interview with Sid Abbruzzi first ran as “The Package” in the August 2002 issue of Juice magazine. Abbruzzi was 51. 

 *  *  * 

Sid, where were you born?

I was born in Newport, Rhode Island, August 12th, 1951. It was the hottest day of the summer. That’s over 50 years ago. I’m adding it up for you. I’m in my sixth decade of living and my fifth decade of skateboarding and surfing.

When did you start surfing and skating?

I started skating first because we were trying to simulate wh...