I won't be going to the Sacred Craft Expo this weekend in Del Mar.
But since it's honoring Dick Brewer I thought I would dig out my Brewer for a little quiver post.
The "Brewer Fins" were designed to be thicker so a layer of wood was laminated on each side.
I also think it was faster to build up the panel, it floated (somewhat) and it looked cool!
Cut laps, tints and pin lines, from back in the good old days!
The tight corners made the wings tough to shape, glass and sand.
The surf leash demolished what material was left and this board
needs fill work on both sides to repair the damage.
Rocker? Don't need no stinking rocker!
And I should have cleaned it up first
That little decal up from the leash plug says "Shaped by Joe Blair"
These were classic dimensions at the time, and since Brewer shaped a lot of the Clark blank plugs everyone shaped similar dimensions.
"The finest hand crafted precision surfboards in the world"
So if you are fortunate enough to make it to the expo, take a good look around.
His list of innovations is too numerous to mention and the list of shapers who followed in his footsteps is longer still.
In the sixties and seventies, Brewer was "THE MAN" to get a board from when you hit the islands.
For a lot of people he still is.
When it's big in the islands, people are still going for their Brewer's.