Jimmy Blears Jnr…A champion surfer of the 70’s who charged Pipeline. A finalist at the Smirnoff and the Duke. In 1972 he won the world title. A well respected waterman and lifeguard on the north shore for many years. His father was the renowned Lord Jimmy Blears, also a legendary figure in surfing. Photo credit Jeff Divine 1971.
Dewey Weber , an iconic surfer of the 50’s and 60’s with a progressive aggressive style. Unbeknownst too many , he was a champion at yoyo and wrestling. At 5’3″ and 130lbs he was sponsored by Manhattan board maker Dale Velzy as a kid and nicknamed” the little man on wheels”.Weber was an early pioneer to surf Hawaii too. Dewey Weber went onto establish several successful surf shops with the help of Harold Iggy a surfboard designer/shaper. from 1966 to 1967 they sold around 10,000 performer model long boards. Since his passing,Dewey’s wife and children, Shea and Corey still run the Dewey Weber surf store in San Clemente. Photo credit Dewey Weber and Leroy Grannis
Mike Stewart, a pioneer of the modern body boarding era.His work with Tom Morey created sophisticated new designs that enabled high level performance in critical waves. Known as Mister Pipeline for the fact he won Banzai Pipeline 11 times…and 9 times body boarding world champion. Mike Stewart is also a champion body surfer and a pioneer of tow surfing. Photo Circa 1992.
Pauline Menczer, the pocket rocket stylish surfer of the 80’s and 90’s. Menczer was the world ladies amateur champion in 1988 and went on to win the ladies World Title in 1993. Honing her surf skills in Byron Bay Australia to surf the world. Photo Pierre Tostee Honolua Bay 2002
Woody Brown, a true pioneer of wood and foam. From the redwood boards of the 30’s to designing ply boards in the late 30’s to foam of the 60’s. Woody surfed the complete era of modern surf design and was at the forefront of big wave riding in Hawaii with a small band of other big wave surfers. Woody was an accomplished waterman, aviator and was responsible for the modern catamaran that we know today. What is truly amazing was his capacity to keep surfing well into his 80’s and spread the stoke of Aloha. Photo Eric Aeder Maui
Derek Ho, Hawaiian surfer who was a dominate force on the pro circuit during the 80’s and 90’s. At only 5.4 and around 60kg he was one of the smallest and lightest professional surfers. His dominance of Pipeline with his brother Michael is the stuff of legend. In his pro career he accumulated two Pipeline wins, 4 Triple Crowns and a World Championship title in 1993. Photo Kevin Caldwell Pipeline 1986
Skip Frye, a masterful surfer /shaper and and environmentalist. Wideley recognized in the 60’s as one of the best traditional longboarders of his time, his ability to nose ride and trim honed on his classic home breaks such as Hollister Ranch. Skip Frye longboards and fish are keenly sought after.His collaboration with Steve Lis(kneeboards) highly influenced his keel fin twinnies and are considered part of the foundation of twin fin design. Photo Hollister Ranch Circa 1967 by Ron Stoner.
Lance Carson….the iconic 50/60’s surfer who mastered the Malibu flow…rated as one of the most classic trad riders of the era,nose rider extraordinaire. Lance was/is also an accomplished shaper/designer with his boards recognized for classic logging. Photo Cred Leroy Grannis Circa 1964 Malibu.
Reno Abellira also known as the prince of speed. A renowned Hawaiian surfer of the 60’s and 70’s who was a gifted surfer/shaper and board designer. Reno’s designs influenced both Dick Brewer in the Lightning Bolt era and directly made an impact of the Mark Richards twin fins that have become recognized throughout the world.Noted for his super low stance and rocketing speeds generated on long fast walls.Reno was also an accomplished big wave rider winning the 1974 Smirnoff in 25ft plus surf at Waimea Bay.
Fred Pyke a pioneer surfboard builder in Victoria.Noted for his quality surf craft, early forays into wetsuits, lambswool boots and cool surf jackets(wool). Fred also mentored a young Wayne Lynch shaping his first surfboard, the rest as they say is history. Photo Circa 1966.