Jeffrey Dale Surfboards
Old style functional shapes, Modern Materials
Retro Long boards, Performance Longboards and Short boards
Midget Smith passed away on August 23, 2008 after a long battle with cancer.
Midget was one of the few shapers on the planet that could shape a surfboard from a block of foam or balsa. The only shaper I could trust to shape what ever shape I asked of him, even if it might be a bit off the wall. He would work very hard to make it like I wanted it. He was my shaper and my friend and I can't believe he is gone. I have to believe that there is more to life than the few years we have on this earth, and Midget is probably getting his shaping room together and checking out the waves in his new sphere of influence.
Hang Ten Midget
Because of the passing of Midget, I am re-thinking Jeffrey Dale Surfboards. I have 4 different shapes that Midget shaped for me and nobody that I trust to duplicate them. I have been tossing around the idea of machine shaping and digitizing the shapes, but need to do a little more research. For now, I am not building any more boards until I can find the best way to duplicate the shapes we have.
If you want to order a board, e-mail me.
Welcome To Jeffrey Dale Surfboards
In 1960 Jeff Wilson opened a shop in Santa Ana building surfboards. He was an innovator and soul surfer. Not finding a suitable core material for his boards, he created his own system for blowing blanks. One of Jeff's first shops was across the street from Poche next to the old donut shop. He opened a shop at Brookhurst and Orange Ave. in Anaheim in 1963. Jack Hokenson had a shop there before he sold it to Jeff. I worked for Jack doing repairs and then for Jeff, when he opened the Anaheim Surf Center. It was a fun shop. Surfing is all about having fun. In 1964 we started the Jeffrey Dale Competition Team. It was a hoot. We were on the Tom Malone Surf and Ski TV show during the Watts Riots. That is a story in itself. There was a trip to Mexico, K-39 and San Miguel, that was epic. A few competitions with other teams and and a few contests. For the most part, we just had fun. In 1966 most of the team went to war, and the team broke up. Jeff quit making boards about 1980, and Jeffrey Dale Surfboards was no more.
The Come Back
For several years I have been looking for old friends and surf team members on the internet. After the Vietnam War was over it seemed like everyone had gone their own way and disappeared. I was living in Hawaii and working as a telescope operator on Mauna Kea. Computer access was available from the beginning of the Internet. Search engines came in and made hunting for old friends much easier. In 2001 we tried to get some of the team together at a party at San Onofre. Nobody showed. No sooner than we got home, people started coming out of the woodwork. I guess when it is time, nothing can stop it. In 2002 we had our first real Reunion and have been having one every year since. Late summer of 2005, I decided to build a few Jeffrey Dale Surfboards for old team members and friends. Jeff signed over the Jeffrey Dale name to me so I can produce surfboards legally using the name of Jeffrey Dale Surfboards. We specialize in high quality retro style surfboards, using some of the old team shapes as models for our new boards. On February 8th, 2006, I decided to go full bore and start an online surfshop. June 2007 I bought a P-30 GMC step van and started converting it to a mobile surf shop. We are able to keep our prices down, because our overhead is low. New boards will be available for pick-up at the Koby Swapmeet in the San Diego Sports Arena, once a month or can be delievered anywhere in Orange or San Diego County for $50. Check out some of the boards we have made. Click on the link below.
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Jeffrey Dale Surf Team News
Melissa is holding one of our latest retro style boards. It was shaped by Midget Smith using the latest formula from E-Foam. It is an 8'0" Poche Model. We are trying an old style rocker with very little in the tail and the nose kick starts about 1/4 of the way from the nose. It should make for a fast paddeling down the line rocket. Melissa is going to test it and we will report on it in the future.
Melissa is our first new Team rider in over 40 years. I don't have any pics of Melissa surfing, but I saw her in 6 to 8 foot surf during that early March swell. Her good looks arn't her only skills. (When the surf is good, it's tough to sit on the beach and take pictures.) Our team isn't going to be required to do Contests. I personally don't like contests. I want them to have fun and surf their brains out. With the old team, that wasn't to hard to do. This kid is smart. Melissa is a Registered Nurse.
The photos are of John's new project board. It is a redwood plank that will become a replica of acient hawaiian alaia or olo boards. He is going to ride it this summer and is going to be , like all boards John makes a work of art and function. I would like to give it a shot also.
John doesn't do anything half way. This board is going to be beautiful
Melissa and 8' Poche
The Team circa 1965
Dennis Cowin and friend with their new boards
Jim Pomeroy, Don Hart
and Dennis Bowen at Rincon 1963
San Onofre Sunset
The Master at work
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