International Surfboard Builders Hall Of Fame Inductee Details
For: Phil Becker
Inductee Name
Phil Becker
Event Year
2009
Inductee Location
301 Pier Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254 28251 Marguerite Pkwy, Mission Viejo, CA 92692 23755 Malibu Rd, Malibu, CA 90265 3140 E
Inductee Contact
Inductee Brand
Inductee Boardshop
Becker Surfboards
Boardshop Link
http://www.beckersurf.com/
Inductee Bio

Hardworking and intensely private surfboard shaper from Hermosa Beach, California; best known for his longboards and easy-to-ride funboards; thought to have shaped more boards than anyone in the world. Becker learned his craft as a teenager in the early '50s from California board-building pioneers Dale Velzy and Hap Jacobs, and was the head shaper for Rick Surfboards in Hermosa from 1958 to 1979.

Becker and fellow Californian Mike Eaton were the only two full-time shapers to make longboards throughout the '70s. In 1980, at age 40, he founded Becker Surfboards in Hermosa Beach (the name was later changed to Becker Surf and Sport). Working at a rate of roughly 10 boards a day, Becker likely passed the 100,000-board mark sometime around the year 2000 - nobody else in the world was close. In 2004, Surfing magazine estimated that Becker had shaped 130,000 boards; Al Merrick, in second, was at 45,000.

Becker never had a surf team, never wore a watch, didn't like to be photographed, and gave just one magazine interview (to Surfer, in 1993). In 2006, the never-married Becker moved to Hawaii and cut back his shaping output. In 2010, Becker Surf and Sport was acquired by surf industry giant Billabong.

For the complete biography, go to: http://encyclopediaofsurfing.com/entries/becker-phil

Thanks to: http://encyclopediaofsurfing.com/entries/becker-phil for the photo

Links

Riding a Wave of Success

Shaping Legendary Surfboards