Loehr, Greg


Hardworking surfer and board designer from Brevard County, Florida; winner of the 1974 Eastern Surfing Association (ESA) Championships, and an early advocate of epoxy-made surfboards. Loehr was born (1952) in Brooklyn, New York, the son of an oil executive, and began surfing at age 11 after moving with his family to central Florida. He was runner-up in the 1973 ESA Championships, then won the following year, just before taking fourth in the 1974 United States Surfing Championships. He also won the 1979 Lacanau Pro in France.

Loehr's preference for longer, narrower boards served him well when he visited the North Shore in the early and mid-'70s, and the lanky goofyfooter (6' 2", 185 pounds) quickly became a Pipeline standout. Loehr appeared in a small number of surf movies, including Directions (1972) and Fluid Drive (1974).

A surfboard shaper since 1967, Loehr worked for Dick Catri, Natural Art, Ocean Avenue, and Fox. He began making boards out of styrofoam blanks and epoxy resin in 1981, and helped create a stronger, lighter, and slightly more expensive alternative to the standard polyurethane foam/polyester resin board. In 2004, Surfing magazine named Loehr as one of the "Top Ten Shapers of All Time," noting that, because of his willingness to try new materials, "nobody's done more for the future of surfboard design."

Loehr was inducted into the East Coast Surf Legends Hall of Fame in 2000. Epoxy 101: Glassing with Greg Loehr, a how-to video, was released in 2007.