DICK BREWER: OUR FIRST, LAST, GREATEST SHAPING GURU

Dick Brewer turns 78 today. Of all the shaping gurus, Brewer sat on the tallest mountain, had the most acolytes, wore the most beatific expression, and spoke in the deepest, most spellbinding voice. He was the guru’s guru. Lopez, Abellira, Fitzgerald, Chapman, among others, learned their boardmaking craft at his knee. Virtually every notable surfer of the 1960s and ’70s…