THURSDAY, MAY 9: DAVE PARMENTER, has unquestionably lived one of the most interesting lives in the sport: A talented pro surfer in the ’80s; a respected and published surf writer (included in 1993′s Best American Sports Writing collection); a sought-after surfboard shaper; and pioneering stand-up paddleboard designer. Parmenter was also married to Hawaii’s “Queen of Surfing”, Rell Sunn, up until she lost her fight with breast cancer in 1998. Never swayed by conventional trends or thought, Dave’s eternal creativity, curious nature, sharp observations and intuition remain untempered. Tonight’s Talk Story door donation will go to the Rell Sunn Educational Fund.
Innovative shaper Dave Parmenter, from California, was an up and coming pro surfer in the 1980′s. He had ridden Rusty Preisendorfer’s surfboards as a pro which eventually led him to Australia as a shaper under the Rusty label. After having notable shaping success in Australia, Dave moved to Makaha, Hawaii in the 1990′s and created his own surfboard label, Aleutian Juice.
In his spare time, Dave Parmenter also contributes surfboard design articles and features to Surfer Magazine and Surfline. Aside from his writing, he has become one of the leading stand up paddle board shapers around though he shapes a wide variety of surf craft including high performance shortboards, retro designs, funboards, beach boy boards, and longboards.