Because it sometimes feels like SD has more surf shops than surfers, the chances of opening a truly unique board haven are usually, like
noted big-wave surfer Bret Easton Ellis's first book, Less Than Zero. But the legendary San Diego-born dude behind Bird's Surf SHED (who also gives you the daily surf report) somehow managed to pull it off anyway by slinging sticks, wetsuits, and board shorts in a huge sheet-metal hangar lined wall-to-concave-ceiling with what looks like the barrel of a giant wave made exclusively of boards, each of which "has a story", though it better not be Neverending, you've got surfing to do. Aside from the freshest innovations, epic sticks include:
1930's Coupe Box
Found under a house in Point Loma where an oblivious couple had selfishly lived for 50yrs, this 12ft-plus hollow, varnished wood, "rideable", canoe-esque monstrosity comes complete with a brass nose plug to blow off hot gas to keep the board from exploding, something that would've also been useful on Bobby Knight.
1973 Steve List
Holding a special place in Bird's heart, this 5ft4in twin fish was the first Steve shaped for him before a coworker stealthily sold it behind his back. Not to be deterred by injustice, the kind hand of fate stepped in two years back when he spotted it while appraising other boards, and they were reunited, but only after he traded an "extremely valuable" board to get it back, which was probably a Monopoly one with, like, two hotels on Marvin Gardens and both Utilities.
Mid-1950's Marandon Bros groundbreaker
Stepping ahead of their time (all the way to the '60s!), this dark tan trimmed 9ft split tail "hard to ride but really unique piece" separates itself with a heavy concave and flared fins that eventually came into popularity "a decade later", much like sexual freedom and Greg Oden. Oh wait, that was the 1860s.
Published: June 9, 2011 at 4:00am EDT
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