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Boardrider of the Month: Jim Voeste
• Tobin Bennison •
It’s not unusual for our monthly Boardriders to be well versed in more than one type of boardriding. We’ve featured skaters who excel at skating, but also love to jump into the surf when the conditions arise and we’ve profiled passionate surfers who hit the skate parks when the Atlantic turns off. Some tear up boat wakes in lakes and others strap a damn kite to their backs to fly up and down the beach. But I can’t remember the last time we covered a boardrider who pretty much rides everything.
Boardhead Jim has achieved ripping status within just about every form of riding that requires a board. When the surf is pumping you’ll find him either shacked tightly into a jade-tinged tube or wiggling his toes off the end of his longboard. When the tide changes, instead of packing it up for the day, he simply switches his surfboard for a skimboard and continues his assault in the thumping shorebreak. But despite his mastery of several varied boardsports, I believe Jim’s true callling might just be the cutting board.
When he’s not surfing, skating, skimming, or just putting in time on his Indo board, Boardhead Jim makes some of the best sandwiches on the beach. Jim’s Boardheads Deli has filled a much needed niche in the downtown Cocoa Beach area, where he takes great pride in building delicious, affordable subs of all kinds to satisfy your hunger after whatever kind of session you’ve had. Ride on Jim. Ride on.
What is your preferred boardsport?
Skimboarding would be my first choice, depending on conditions. Otherwise, progressive longboarding.
At what age did you first put feet to board, and what was it?
Sandskimming as a grom on an old Myers woodie.
Of all your sessions, is there one in particular that has stuck in your mind?
A double-o surf session down south about 10 years ago, all alone with just the video to prove it. Super fun. Yeah!
When was the last time you took a really hard spill?
At the Slater Invitational a few years back. After doing indo board demos and teaching hundreds of people all weekend, I wanted to catch some fun skim during my last hour on the beach. The third wave wasn’t a charm. I hyperextended my MCL and was out for like 6 months in a knee brace.
Out of all your boards, which one do you see yourself still riding into your golden years?
If I can’t run when I’m 89, I guess I’ll still longboard.
Who is your favorite boardrider of all time?
Bill “Beaker” Bryan. If you don’t know who he is, stop by the shop and I’ll throw in some skim videos that will blow your mind.
What do you think is the most important issue facing all boardsports today?
Etiquette — on any board at any age.
What would be your dream vacation?
Wherever Rick Piper’s shorepound paintings are.
What mantra does Boardhead Jim live by?
You don’t stop playing because you get old, you get old because you stop playing.
How did you get into the sandwich biz?
I couldn’t find a great sub anywhere, so now I make them all day long. Opening my own shop got me out of corporate kitchens and in touch with real people… real hungry people.
What’s the most important ingredient in a good sandwich?
Pride. That’s the most important ingredient in anything you do. If you put pride in it, it should always be great.
What’s your most popular seller?
By far, the Italian sub. We’re the only shop around that makes them real!
Big shouts to D from Boardheads2.com; Bob at Zap Skimboards; Indoboard Hunter; Freak Kech; all my crazy boardsport friends, and to all our customers who appreciate a great sub and a good laugh.
Last question: Could I get an 8″ Italian with all the fixins?
Sure! Drop in on Boardheads any time.
Boardheads Deli is located at 24 N. Orlando Ave. Call 785-2700 for more information.