Globe Trotter, World Champion and Hotel Palms Ambassador
Featured throughout the rooms of the hotel are professionally shot photos of the adventures of local surf hero and Hotel Palms team rider, Justin Quintal. Starting his professional career nearly 2 decades ago, he has become a regular globe trotter competing amongst the highest level of competition. This includes being invited by surf Legend, Joel Tudor, to compete in "The Vans Duct Tape Invitationals"; which by the way, he has won over half of! More recently in 2019, Justin won the WSL World Longboard Championship in Taiwan.
Hanging proudly in our lounge here at the hotel, you may have noticed a board or two from Justins company, Black Rose MFG. established in 2015. Specializing in aesthetically pleasing functional surf crafts, Black Rose Mfg. focuses on the classical beginnings of where and who surfing came from, and the evolution of board design.
Starting back in 2018, Justin orchestrates an annual longboard competition at our local Jacksonville Beach Pier. He invites current long boarding hot shots from all along the east coast to what he has named, "The Loggerhead Classic", in honor of the loggerhead sea turtle. Graciously every year, The Hotel Palms opens its doors to give out of town contestants a place to crash. Justin also hosts the award ceremony and notorious after party in The Hotel Palms courtyard, usually featuring live music and art from local bands and artists.