It goes without saying that the closer you can park to the surf, the better, and when it’s rent free? You know the rest of that story. We all do, because camper vans and surfing go together like, well, summer and longboarding. It’s a story as old as time: people want to surf, and they want to do it as much as possible for as long as possible. And they could, until California state officials recently stepped in.
Historically, Volkswagen produced what we now think of as the earliest camper vans. Originally called the Volkswagen Type II, due to the VW Beetles already being in production, the release of the Type II during the late 1960s was timing like no other. Throughout the entire decade, surf culture was rapidly gaining in popularity, much to the resentment of “core” surfers. Nonetheless, improvements to the VW van only allowed for surfers from all walks of life to enjoy more surf travel and lives built around the waves.