Colburn, Con

Southern California surfboard and surf product manufacturer, and founder of Con Surfboards; "a wily but likable businessman," as described by Surfing magazine in the mid-1960s. Although Colburn didn't begin surfing until 1956 when he was 22, he quickly recognized that the surf market was about to expand, and in 1958 opened the Surf House in Santa Monica. He soon changed the business name to Con Surfboards.

By 1965, Colburn had three retail stores, and by late '66 he had two of the most popul...