Minami, Glenn

Precise, dependable Hawaiian surfboard shaper from Honolulu; founder of Blue Hawaii Surfboards in 1984. Minami was born (1950) in Honolulu, raised in central Oahu, and began surfing at age 14. He started shaping boards at 18, during the beginning of the shortboard revolution in the late '60s.

After earning a B.A. in accounting from the University of Hawaii in 1973, he went to work full-time as a shaper, spending 10 years with manufacturing powerhouse Town and Country, then founding his own B...