Surf legend and pioneering surfboard maker Bing Copeland and author Paul Holmes will launch the new 192-page book, ‘Bing Surfboards: 50 Years of Craftsmanship and Innovation’ at the Surfing Heritage Foundation in San Clemente, California, on Saturday 23rd August 23rd from 4-8pm.
The event will feature a special display of historic and groundbreaking vintage Bing boards and a slideshow of Bing’s classic advertising from 1960 to 1975, plus live musical entertainment, drinks and a silent auction of two brand new Bing Surfboards.
Bing Copeland played a major role in helping surfing and the surfboard industry to become what they are today. At 13, he became fascinated while helping out at pioneer surfboard maker Dale Velzy’s workshop in Manhattan Beach. He spent the mid-’50s in the Coast Guard stationed in Hawaii and surfed the big waves of Oahu’s North Shore and Makaha. In 1958 he sailed across the Pacific and introduced modern surfboards to New Zealand. By 1960, back in Southern California, he was making surfboards commercially and his company became one of the longest-running and most progressive in the surfing world. This is the story of Bing Copeland, the business he built, the colorful cast of craftsmen he employed and the visionary surfboards they made and continue to make in the handcrafted tradition even now.
Tickets: $75 (includes book); companion ticket $25 (no book, just great fun in support of the non-profit’s mission to preserve surf history and culture).
To order, or for more information, call 949-388-0313 or visit the Foundation’s website.