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Shipley, Jack


Phlegmatic surf competition judge from Hawaii, and cofounder of Lightning Bolt Surfboards. Shipley was nine in 1961 when he moved with his family from Baltimore, Maryland, to Oahu. He later worked for the Hobie Surfboards outlet in Honolulu, and in 1966 judged his first surf contest.

Shipley and Pipeline master surfer Gerry Lopez, funded by Shipley's life savings of $2,500, opened the first Lighting Bolt shop in Honolulu in 1970; Bolt would dominate the Hawaiian big-wave board market for the...