‘Greg Noll: The Art of the Surfboard’ is a tribute to the life’s work of one of the great creative masters of surfboard construction. Authored by veteran surf-writer Drew Kampion, the book is part life story, part history, part how-to, and part fine-art portfolio. It tells the full story of the surfboard as realized through the hands and mind of this surfing legend, who has been hand-building surfboards for over 55 years.
To celebrate the publication of the new book, Jed and Greg Noll and writer Drew Kampion will be signing books at Randy Rarick’s Hawaiian Vintage Surf Auction, in the Galleria (next to the Exhibition Hall) at the Blaisdell Center on Friday and Saturday afternoons from 2pm to 4pm.
A legendary big-wave surfer of the 1950s and ’60s, Greg Noll went on to become one of the world’s largest manufacturers of surfboards. He sold his business in the early 1970s and moved to Northern California where, for the past 20 years, he has been crafting re-creations of ancient and classic surfboards of the past for a growing clientele of collectors and surf aficionados.
The book also tells the story of the emergence of Noll’s son Jed as a next-generation craftsman of unique surfboards and surfing-related art forms.
“Every surfboard is a reservoir of potential,” states Kampion. “It’s a unique vehicle that leads its rider to powerful, often life-changing experiences with the sea and with fellow surfers.”
From simple balsa boards built for Malibu’s small waves in the 1950s to sleek, streamlined dragsters designed for the giant winter surf on Oahu’s North Shore, Greg Noll (working with Jed) has lifted the art of the surfboard to a new plane: utilizing rare and ancient woods (like koa and redwood) to re-create the classic and important boards from the past.
Greg Noll: The Art of the Surfboard by Drew Kampion, just published by Gibbs Smith, tells the whole story in a beautifully-photographed and diverse volume.