Timeless By Holly Finigan Photos courtesy of E. Townsend Wright
Surfing in Hawaii this winter.
pyder” and “E. Townsend” aren’t just the names of the 50 Main Street Nantucket business owner and surfing legend. They are the two watches that have put E. Townsend “Spyder” Wright II on the map. Reflecting the designer, the “Spyder” is a classic surf watch that is modestly priced, water-oriented and super appealing to surf and ski clientele.
Townsend (Spyder) Wright (3rd from left) as a young man with a few newly acquired trophies.
Over the next four decades, this teenage hobby evolved into a successful career of creating active and fashionable timepieces. He designs the watches and sends them to the timepiece capital of the globe, Geneva, to have them manufactured in traditional Swiss form. His stores are located in two of his favorite places – Nantucket and Palm Beach. In the winter he heads west to Hawaii, where he designs more watches, practices yoga and surfs on some of the best waves in the Oahu North Shore. Spyder considers his days on Nantucket his favorite time, saying that the island “is a special place with magical charm.” He loves the conservation and “green” mentality, along with the history behind the island and its natural
HE SURFS THE WAVES FROM MADAKET TO MADEQUECHAM TO MIACOMET (AND HAWAII) AND ALWAYS FINDS A SWEET SPOT FOR SOME SURF AND SOLACE. He finds himself happiest in August, beauty.
during his birthday, with his three children and two grandchildren, celebrating life, family and Nantucket, on their very own “island time.”
TOP: “Spyder” surfing Ocean City waves in 1971. LEFT: Coming out of the surf in Hawaii in 2013. RIGHT: “Spyder” Wright and vice-president Joe Biden, in his watch shop, Trinity, during his Thanksgiving, visit this past year. They are standing with one of his “Spyder” surfboards, which he still produces and sells.