After having been working for different surf shops for decades, Bird opened his Surf Shed in San Diego in 2011 where he hosts his legendary collection…
Who are you? Where are you living?
My name is BIRD and I live in San Diego
When and how did you start collecting?
I started working at Select Surf Shop in 1970 as a 12 year old cleaning boards and sweeping floors. In 1974 I trade a customer a pair of trunks for a very clean G&S Hy II Hynson Model which I still have to this day.
How many boards do you have?
Currently I have between 1100-1200 boards.
Which is now your most preferred board?
I have a 7’6′ chambered balsa wood CASTER from 1984.
Are you surfing your vintage boards?
Most of my boards get ridden by either me or customers and friends.
Which one do you like to surf most?
Anyone really. Depends upon my mood or wave quality. I rode an old early 80’s BK a lot last winter on the larger days.
Who is your favorite surfer from the 60’s-90’s and why?
Skip Frye for his shaping abilities and style. It helps that he doesn’t use a leash too.
Who is your favorite shaper from the 60’s-90’s and why?
Bill Caster was my favorite shaper up until he passed in the mid 80’s. Everything he made was as close to perfection as a hand made item could be in terms of quality. His designs and craftsman ship was on par with the best in the world.
Where can we see your boards?
My boards can be seen at Bird’s Surf SHED or The SHED OB both stores are in San Diego.
I’ve never met a surfboard that I haven’t liked!