Surf Legend and Pioneering Surfboard Maker Bing Copeland To Sign New Book In Rare Personal Appearance at California Surf Museum.

November 11, 2008, Oceanside, CA – Bing Copeland, founder of Bing Surfboards, will be making a rare personal appearance in San Diego County at the California Surf Museum, 223 North Coast Highway in Oceanside, on Sunday, November 23rd, from 1:00-4:00 p.m. He will be signing copies of “Bing Surfboards – fifty years of craftsmanship and innovation” along with author Paul Holmes — just in time for holiday gift shopping. Come by for refreshments and some good stories!

“I’m really excited about this book,” says Bing. “Paul Holmes and everyone who helped produce it have done a wonderful job and I’m stoked. I’m sure everyone who reads it will be stoked too!” It tells the story of Bing Copeland, the business he built, the colorful cast of craftsmen he employed and the visionary surfboards they made and continue to make to this day.

Bing Surfboards is one of the longest-running and most progressive labels in the surfing world and its boards are still exclusively handcrafted in California. Bing played a major role in making surfing and the surfboard industry what they are today. At 13, he started helping out at pioneer surfboard maker Dale Velzy’s workshop in Manhattan Beach. During the mid-1950s he surfed the big waves of Oahu’s North Shore and Makaha in Hawaii. In 1958 he sailed across the Pacific and introduced modern surfboards to New Zealand. By 1959, back in Southern California, he began making surfboards commercially.

Published in June 2008, here’s just some of what you’ll find in “Bing Surfboards – fifty years of craftsmanship and innovation” by Paul Holmes, former editor of Surfer magazine and author of “Dale Velzy is Hawk,” published in 2006:

• 192-pages, high-quality, full-color, coffee-table format (9½" x 12¼") hardcover book featuring 300-plus historic and contemporary photographs including some 50 action surf shots of Bing Copeland and his illustrious contingent of team riders through the years taken by some of surfing’s all time great photographers.

• The amazing life story of Bing Copeland and his company, and a complete review of all Bing Surfboards models and their contribution to surfboard design evolution. From early ’60s custom classics with inlaid curved stringers and parquetry skegs, to the mid-decade design progressions of the Noseriders, Lightweights, Pipeliners and Pintail Lightweights and on to the transition era of the Lotus, Karmas and Foils, all the way into the age of multi-finned shortboards with its twin-fins and cutting-edge, tri-fin Bonzer, the Bing Surfboards story shows how the evolution of contemporary surfboard design took place.

• Reprints of all Bing Surfboards advertising in surf magazines—a classic blast from the past.

• The story of the involvement of key team riders and shapers including Donald Takayama, David Nuuhiwa, Dick Brewer, Jock Sutherland, Dru Harrison, Steve Schlickenmeyer, Keith Paull, Rolf Aurness, Mike Eaton, Claude Codgen, the Campbell brothers, Peter Townend and many, many more.

• Workers’ tales from the factory floor—some funny, some serious and some just plain crazy!

• Photos and detail shots of more than 60 classic Bing boards along with serial numbers, dimensions and significant elements of their design and/or construction, and the Bing Surfboards fin timeline showing the development of fin design—fascinating information for collectors, surf history fans and anyone passionate about surfboards.

• Brochures, price lists, original letters and other documents from the Bing Surfboards archive, plus logo lam art from every Bing Surfboards model ever made.

This limited first edition imprint is available for $60.