THE SHAPERS TREE TOOK ROOT AT DALE VELZY'S SHOP UNDER THE MANHATTAN BEACH PIER AND WOULD MOVE UP TO THE SHOP PICTURED BELOW. IT'S GROWTH WOULD BRANCH OUT WITH OTHERS IN THE FIELD OF SURFBOARD BUILDING TO FORM THE SURFING INDUSTRY. HIS VISION WAS GREAT AND HIS LEGACY WOULD SPREAD WORLD WIDE. "THE SHAPER OF SHAPERS" HAS BEEN CARVED INTO THE MINDS OF THOSE IN THE KNOW. HE SHARED THE SPIRIT OF SHAPING SURFBOARDS AT THE DAWN OF MODERN SURFBOARD DESIGNS WITH OTHERS AND THEY IN TURN WOULD DO THE SAME DOWN THE ROAD.
Dale Velzy's Manhattan Beach Surf Shop
Mickey Munoz with a humble Dale Velzy
Dale Velzy's Venice Beach Shop is pictured above, eventually moving his operation to San Clemente. The new shop had a talented group of employees and many would start their own brands and or work for other surf shops. Velzy seeing an opportunity to start another shop in Honolulu would do so. A popular surf break on the North Shore was named after him and has been known as "Velzyland since his visit there in the 1950s"
Mickey was one of Dale's test pilots back in the 1950s. Having surfed Waimea Bay with a few other surfing notables and were the first to do so in 1957. He also had a small part in the 1988 America's Cup sailing trials in San Diego, when the catamaran won over New Zealand mono-hull design. Mickey also had shaped some boards for Gino Morrelli the lead designer of Stars and Stripes.
Dale Velzy and Danny Brawner who started working for him in 1958 at his San Clemente shop and in 1961 when Velzy had opened a surfboard builders school in Newport Beach. Danny became a temporary glassing instructor for him. During his time there, he taught a couple of guys how to glass. One of those individuals was from the Middle East and whose name was difficult to pronounce. So Dale just gave him the nickname of Accu Ba Ba. Accu Ba Ba would go on to another occupation and would become a successful business owner. Besides glassing for Velzy and then Hobie, Danny was in a band called the Sandells whose music was used for the soundtrack of Endless Summer.
Dale Velzy's Honolulu Shop, Richard Deese was sent over to teach the locals how to glass the way Velzy was doing. Pictured is Raymond Patterson in the picture at the lower left. Richard would start South Bay Surfboards in Redondo Beach after working for Dewey Weber. Kenny Tilton the shaper in the upper right of the pictures, would shape for Jacobs, Bing, others and his own brand. photo Clarence Maki
Phil Becker and Terry Martin 1937-2012 were two shapers that shaped the most blanks in surfboard building history. Rough estimates by their co-workers have the numbers at around 100,000 shapes each. Add to that a longboard back then is about the equivalent of two short boards today. Their accomplishment with the Rockwell 653 and the Skil 100 around their shaping racks was legendary.
George Greenough and Steve Lis, two shapers who were ahead of their times in G force turning, cranking the maneuverability of the shortboard to the next level in surfing, during the 1960s and beyond.
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