Jacobs, Hap (1938 – 2021)

Gentlemanly surfboard manufacturer from Hermosa Beach, California; founder of Jacobs Surfboards. "Hap so so low-key you rarely saw him," Steve Pezman wrote. "But he was a consummate craftsman, and Jacobs Surfboards was among the most important manufacturers during Surfing's Golden Age."

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 Haw...