Parrish, Tom

Surfing's most popular board shaper in the mid-1970s, and a virtual one-stop equipment source for the era's top pros; described by Surfing magazine as the "Man With the Red-Hot Planer."

Parrish was born (1951) and raised in Southern California, began surfing at age 12 while on vacation in Waikiki, and started making boards at 17. He moved to Hawaii in 1969 and over the next three years worked for Surfline Hawaii and Country Surfboards, before moving to Lightning Bolt. "Gerry Lopez taught me ...