The ever-iconic Dick Brewer died at his Princeville home on Sunday, during this Memorial Day Weekend.
He had been very ill for months.
Our thoughts and our prayers are with his wife Sherry and his daughters, Lani and Lisa and all Dick’s family and friends. SNN
The hugely acclaimed shaper was thee “Guru, the man on the mountain, the shaper everybody knelt down before…” Matt Warshaw
Born in Minnesota in 1936 Dick moved to Long Beach when he was 3 years old. He began surfing in ’52 and started shaping around ’59.
In 1960 he moved to the NS where his surfing rep grew at Waimea and Sunset.
Goofy footing around the bowl at the Bay.
He opened a surf shop in Haleiwa and created his legend from there.
“Apart from the boards being gold-standard, and apart from being our first and last and greatest shaping guru,” says Warshaw, “Brewer’s contribution was to look outside of surfing. His engineering background, everything he knew about cars, about machining, about speed and drive and torque—he brought all of that to bear in the shaping room. Lucky for our sport, he wasn’t born and raised on the beach. He loved surfing best of all, but he was smart enough to look beyond surfing. To our great benefit.”
Photo: Dick Brewer Surfboards
Godspeed Dick Brewer. One of the most influential and pivotal shapers to ever pick up a planer, the master has gracefully kicked out to the great lineup in the sky.
He has mentored, taught, at a minimum inspired, the top shapers in the world.
Today, his rails, his rockers, and bottom are intrinsic in the surfboard you ride.
He is the counter cultural shaper to the brave surfriders.
Our Mission is preserve the legacy Dick Brewer as he was arguably the most influential shaper of surfboards in the world in the 1960’s and 1970’s.
Our intention is share and perpetuate the contribution Dick has made to past,
present, and future of the surfboards and surfing!
From the History of Brewer Surfing HERE
Dec 17, 2019, This interview with Dick Brewer is from our documentary BoardRoom Legends of Surfboard Shaping.
Our film covers the evolution of the craft from the 1930s to the early 70s.