Quigg, Joe

Virtuoso surfboard designer and craftsman, originally from Santa Monica, California; co-founder of both the modern longboard and the specialized big-wave board, and credited by many as the most influential midcentury boardmaker.

Quigg was born (1925) in Los Angeles, raised in Santa Monica, and began surfing at age four, after building himself a small wooden bellyboard. At 13 he made a redwood board that had slightly upturned nose and tail sections (later called "rocker"), which allowed great...