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Shepherd, Bob


Reticent, detail-oriented surfboard shaper of the late 1950s and '60s from Honolulu, Hawaii; best known for his sleek balsa-core big-wave guns. Shepherd was born (1934) in Upland, California, near Los Angeles, and began surfing in 1955, two years before moving to Hawaii. He started shaping in 1959, and almost immediately became the second-most popular big-wave gun maker, behind fellow Californian Pat Curren.

Shepherd, who favored the concave-nose design, learned from master craftsman Joe Qui...