Brian grew up in the military. His father was in the Air Force and stationed in Hawaii in the late 60s. Only a few days after landing Hawaii. Brian was introduced to surfing. Surfing was a long board culture and in 1968 the revolution of the short board was introduced. This new concept of surfing from going from boards that were 9'6" long to 6 '6". This revolution brought on many new faces in the surfboard building. In those days the surfboard industry would not sell the backyard shaper blanks. And the up and coming backyard surfboard manufacturer is what we were called. We had to take old long boards strip off the fiberglass and reshape the blank into the modern short board. If you were to look at modern-day surfing and the existing designers and shapers of the industry. Most of us over 55 started in this way. We were the new generation of shapers that came out of the late 60s early 70s who had love the sport of surfing. Hawaii being a powerful force in the world of surfing. Brian was fortunate to learn from some of the biggest names in surfing such as Aipa, Downing, Rarick, Lopez and Sparky. These shapers among many other Hawaiian shapers are world renown.
Brian, like a lot of other surfers traveled the world looking for the perfect surf and surfed many contests. He was fortunate to surf in many countries throughout the world South Africa, Southwest Africa, Angola, Canary Islands, France, Germany, England, Guam, Mexico, Indonesia, Kenya, Malta, Sweden, Barbados.
From the 70s to 1981 Brian was involved in a surfboard manufacturing business working for companies like Lightning Bolt Hawaii, Surfline Hawaii, Local Motion, Hawaiian Island Creation. Building thousands of surfboards under these famous names, he developed his ability of shaping and fiberglass to a world class level.
In the mid-70s Brian was an avid Catamaran sailor and competed in Catamaran races throughout Hawaii. In the mid 70s when windsurfing came on the scene, Brian being both Catamaran sailor and surfer, found that windsurfing was a perfect marriage of the two. He was fortunate to know Naish thru Cat sailing and had worked with the Naish's through the mid to late 70s. In the early days of windsurfing we all worked together. Still an avid surfer and manufacturing of surfboards was his major business. Brian slowly introduced himself in the windsurfing world. By 1981 he received his first contract with a company name Peter Brock house Marketing. This company turned into F2. Brian worked and developed their first range of Sailboards. He worked two years for F2 and in 1983 moved to Sailboard International which was also based out of Germany. Brian's first range of designs for this company revolutionized the world of windsurfing. These new designs introduced the term double concave to windsurfing and revolutionize the design of the sport. These designs were the leading test winners of 1984. During the 1980s Brian worked with this company traveling to all the world cups and the boat shows of the world promoting his designs and meeting thousands of people. He was fortunate to learn from many people and his library of designs only increased. He had met many engineers from aerospace to marine, given him a very sound knowledge of the art of hydrodynamics.
In building sailboards and surfboards one becomes quite knowledgeable in the world of composites. Brian has also worked for several composite distribution companies as head of sales or leading technical advisor. In the world of reinforced plastics Brian was able to advance his knowledge in the composite world.
In 1981 Brian opened the company Open Ocean as a custom sailboard manufacturer. Which was first based in Honolulu, Hawaii, manufacturing sailboards there for 15 years. With the eventual downsizing of the windsurfing sport, Brian moved to the Columbia River Gorge in 1990. Opening a business in a small town of Lyle Washington. Brian selected his location of his new business just 2 miles west of a prominent windsurfing spot known as Doug's Beach. Now, being in the Columbia River Gorge for 23 years and one of the few manufacturers left in the Gorge and one of the few manufacturers especially custom board manufacturers left in North America. Brian also manufactures a few surfboards, many kite boards and a few SUP boards in this location. Brian is still committed to the sport of windsurfing and the lion's share of his turnover is still in manufacturing sailboards. Brian's big design move in the Columbia River Gorge, which most people know him for is his tri-fin concept. The tri-fin design has now reached 20 years old and is still his biggest seller. A proven high wind rough water design especially for here in the Columbia River Gorge.
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