Sid Abruzzi has been a beloved fixture in Northeastern surfing since the 60’s and he’s known as the Godfather of Rhode Island surfing. He’s been featured in numerous magazines and is known as a solidifying factor amongst the Northeastern surf community.
Sid has owned Waterbrothers Surf Shop for 45 years and was involved in legalizing surfing for many of the most famous Newport, RI surf spots in the early 70’s. Sure Sid is a rebel, but he is a legendary rebel with Surf-God like status in Rhode Island and beyond. He has made a deep impact and is a unifying factor amongst surfers on the East Coast, West Coast, and South Africa.
More recently Sid spearheaded and won the fight to save the Ruggles Avenue surf break from the hands of clueless government bureaucrats. This monstrous project would have certainly destroyed the east coast’s most epic breaks without Sid’s efforts. And further, never one to miss a chance of sharing the stoke, Sid’s latest project Surf Fest, is a mid summer extravaganza which brings all of the New England surf community together for a day of classic surfboards, skateboards and surf culture. The largest expo of it’s kind in the country it perfectly blends with the camaraderie of this unique community.
Still a hard core surfer today, Sid has been a proponent of the sport since he was a kid; and with a total revamp of Waterbrothers, Sids influence will continue for many years to come.