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This episode originally aired August 26, 2013.

From working with Gerry Lopez during the Lightning Bolt era to co-founding one of the 5 major surfwear brands to abandoning the surf industry to practice law, Tom Parrish is one surfing’s most mysterious figures. He solidified his legacy with the iconic boards he crafted during the 70’s but then disappeared from the surf media’s eye for more than 2 decades. Very little can be found about Tom’s work and whereabout after the early 80’s, expect for his website which indicates that he’s been shaping boards for the past few years in Maui. That’s where I found him and where we spent the day together discussing his life and career.

Tom Parrish’s Website TPSurf.com or email him at tom@tpsurf.com

Jeff Hakman with a broken board shaped by Tom Parrish.
Jeff Hakman with a broken board shaped by Tom Parrish.
A classic Parrish board shaped for Peter Townend.
A classic Parrish board shaped for Peter Townend.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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