Dick Brewer is to modern surfboard design what Kelly Slater is to modern day surfing. A contemporary shaping genius who was himself an impressive surfer, Brewer has set the pace in surfboard design for five decades. His designs have affected every generation since the ’50s; his boards have been ridden by the sport’s best, including Eddie Aikau, Buzzy Trent, Jeff Hakman, Gerry Lopez and Reno Abellira to Garrett McNamara and Bruce Irons today. The son of an aircraft machinist, his exceptional handcrafting skills and understanding of outlines, contours, and edges continues to translate surfboard blank into highly functional—and collectable—pieces of art. One of his most valuable wood surfboards resides in the North Shore WaterShed.