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These Dale velzy old wood surfboards are classic dale velzy surfboards all are antique surf boards. Velzy surfboards a 50s 60s or 70s surfboard called velzy surfboard or velzy longboard.

It was a man named Dale Velzy that took surfing a further step forward. Velzy was a well liked character in California, a talented surfer and a skilled shaper. He opened up his own surf shop and designed and built surfboards. He took all the shaping knowledge from innovators such as Quigg, Kivlin and Simmons and improved on it, creating the 'pig board' and later the 'sausage board'. Velzy's surfboards were in great demand, and so he took on a local sufer named Hap Jacobs (another big name in surf history) and taught him to shape. Balsa wood boards were still around for awhile while experimentations with foam continued. The development of polyurethane foam in surfboards came about in around the 1950's. Surfboards were still between 9 and 11 foot long in the 50's. There would be no surf business without Dale Velzy, and hence no surf life as we know it. He was the first to put a name on a surfboard, the first to sponsor a surfer, the first to open a surf shop and the first to print a surf company t-shirt. Velzy was no businessman, but he knew how to live, and at the height of his industrial success in the 1950s he smoked giant Cuban cigars and rode from shop to shop in luxury cars. Velzy bankrolled one of the most impressive surf teams in history, with Miki Dora, Mickey Munoz, Dewey Weber, Mike Doyle and Donald Takayama all riding for him. He bought Bruce Brown (The Endless Summer) his first camera and paid his living and travel expenses for a year. Sure, it all caught up with him in 1959 when the IRS shut down his surf shops, but Dale was a cowboy at heart, and didn’t care. He left Southern California in 1966 to go ranch in Arizona, but came back to San Clemente in 1970, if only to do a bit of the same. He held a ranch on the outskirts of town, but continued shaping, a craft he never stopped practicing, up to the time of his death. He shaped contemporary surfboards, balsa board collectibles and some of the most sought-after paddleboards on the market.

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