SHORTBOARDS: “IT TOOK THE AUSSIES TO DO IT.” DICK BREWER, YOUR THOUGHTS?

Dick Brewer was a boardmaker without equal. He was Gandalf and Oppenheimer and more Gandalf with a touch of Pollock. Brewer’s understanding of how a surfboard’s manifold design elements must blend and synchronize and accommodate—template, rails, rocker, edges, flats, curves—was fourth-dimensional. Magic boards danced from his shaping bay in the 1960s and ’70s like Fantasia broomsticks into the…