Broken and battered surfboards have been tucked away—cast aside and forgotten—for decades in the attics, crawlspaces and garages of homes in Coastal Virginia and beyond. They get discovered by someone who knows a classic surfboard when they see one. Someone who sees the board not for its crushed nose or smashed rails but for what it could become—what it used to be.
Jim Rice was about 8 years old when a traveling salesman knocked on the front door of his family’s home in Northern Virginia. Instead of vacuums or encyclopedias, the man was peddling accordions. Without a moment’s hesitation, Rice’s father bought one of the instruments for his son.
Situated on a 15,000-square-foot lot on a “very green site” that backs up to Lago Mar, the house, which will sell in the low $800,000s, sports 3,800 square feet of living space and at least 50 windows.