Jacobs, Hap

Gentlemanly surfboard manufacturer from Hermosa Beach, California; founder of Jacobs Surfboards. Jacobs was born (1930) in Los Angeles, the son of a plumber, moved with his family to Hermosa in 1938, and began surfing at age 16. He started shaping boards in 1953, after spending two years stationed in Hawaii with the Coast Guard; the following year, in short order, he was a founding partner (with Bev Morgan) in Dive N Surf, then became partners with master boardmaker Dale Velzy, and together t...