International Surfboard Builders Hall Of Fame Inductee Details
For: Rennie Yater
Inductee Name
Rennie Yater
Event Year
Inductee Location
The Beach House 10 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Inductee Contact
ph 805-963-3213 fax 805-965-7485 email
Inductee Brand
Inductee Boardshop
The Beach House 10 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Boardshop Link
Inductee Bio

Cool-handed surfer and boardmaker from Santa Barbara, California; innovator and prime exemplar of a smooth, low-key cental California surfing style; founder of Yater Surfboards.

Yater was born (1932) in Los Angeles, the son of a shoe salesman, raised in Pasadena and Laguna Beach, began surfing at age 14, and started making his own boards at 21. Thin, hawk-nosed, and quiet, Yater apprenticed in the mid- and late '50s with the two biggest boardbuilders in the world, working as a laminator at Hobie Surfboards in Dana Point from 1955 to 1957, then as a shaper at Velzy Surfboards in San Clemente from 1957 to 1959.

For the complete biography, go to:

Thanks to: for the photo


Renny Yater: SB Surfboard Shaper

Reynolds "Renny" Yater history at the Yater Surfboards site