Shaper FAQ’s with Renny Yater:
Renny Yater began shaping and glassing his own boards in the early 1950s, and by the mid-1950s, Hobie hired Yater to glass his balsa boards in his Dana Point shop. In 1957, Yater moved to Dale Velzy’s shop in San Clemente where he shaped balsa boards.
In the fall of 1959, Yater Surfboards opened in Santa Barbara. It was during the 1960s that Yater’s two most popular surfboard models were conceived. In 1965, he shaped the Yater Spoon, and produced this model until longboard-style surfing went through an evolution in 1968. In 1969, he produced the Pocket Rocket, a surfboard designed with Hawaiian surfing in mind, riding the crest of the shortboard era.
Yater continues to shape and glass in Santa Barbara today. Read our feature on Renny Yater here.