Hap Jacobs

Palos Verdes, 2010

When I told them I was going to build surfboards they wanted to have me analyzed.

The quotes below are excerpted from “Shooting the Bull with Hap Jacobs,” by Steve Pezman, which ran in the April 2010 issue of Surfer’s Journal.

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I was in Hawaii in 1952. George Downing and I served together on a buoy tender. At the time, George was dating his future wife, Gildia, and I was dating my future wife, Pat, who I’d met at a party. A friend and I had a room right behind a Waikiki hotel. It was one room with two beds and a bathroom, and George slept on the...