History

1953

1953

Rusty is born on June 13, 1953 and spends the first 12 years of his life in inland San Diego.

1966_l

1966

Rusty moves to La Jolla and discovers surfing while body surfing at the Shores Beach. He then walks to a little spot called Blacks, not too far from his home. It becomes his and a few select others’ favorite spot.

1969-1970

1969/70

Rusty shapes his first board that winter.

1971

1971

Graduates La Jolla High in June and attends the University of California San Diego that same fall. That October, the World Contest is held in San Diego and Rusty meets a young Australian pro named Peter Townend. He’s inspired to... Read More →

1972

1972

That summer Rusty begins shaping and riding for G&S Surfboards and decides to take a break from college life at UCSD and focus on surfing and shaping. His decision allows him to travel, shape G&S team boards and appear in... Read More →

1973

1973

While working and learning alongside legendary shapers Skip Frye and Mike Eaton at G&S, Rusty experiments with Kevlar/epoxy as board-building alternatives.

1974

1974

He travels to Australia for the first time that spring and hangs with Townend and his mate Rabbit Bartholomew. Rab, who is the newly crowned Queensland Jr. Champ, likes Rusty’s work and buys a board from him.

1975

1975

Rusty comes back from Australia stoked on the progression of his shaping skills and decides to split from G&S and begin his own, new label. He decides on Music! Surfboards. While working on his own and freelance shaping for other... Read More →

1977-1978

1977 – 1978

San Diego’s Canyon Glassing, who does all of the glassing for his Music! Boards, hires Rusty to shape Canyon Surfboards. The Music! Label ceases. Randy Laine and his little brother Wes join the Canyon team. Wes quickly blazes into the... Read More →

1979

1979

The first Stubbies Trials is held at Blacks Beach and Canyon rider Richard Kenvin takes down many of California’s top riders, including Dave Parmenter, Dan Flecky, Matt and Sam George. That spring, Rusty travels to Hawaii to shape with Bill... Read More →

1981

1981

The Canyon team is becoming more successful and continues to take on more talent, including South African phenomenon Shaun Tomson.

1982

1982

Rusty continues experimenting with materials. Canyon includes custom eps/epoxy boards in their production.

1983

1983

Shaper and pro surfer Dave Parmenter joins Canyon and commences to win six straight Californina events on his first board shaped by Rusty. More pros begin taking notice of Rusty’s work. He then goes to West Oz to shape “Rusty”... Read More →

1984

1984

A fiery goofyfoot niknamed “Occy” becomes Pro Junior champion and begins taking competitive surfing by storm. Soon after, he is riding Rusty’s boards. Rusty decides to include his own logo along with the Canyon label on all of his shapes.... Read More →

1985

1985

In July, Huntington Beach’s Op Pro sees a fierce rivalry mature between Occy and young Californian Tom Curren–and beneath the surface a quiet, respectful rivalry develops out of the famed Occy/Curren duels, one between their shapers Rusty and Al Merrick.... Read More →

1986

1986

Rusty incorporates tee-shirts into his new business and they sell like hotcakes along with his already acclaimed surfboards.

1987

1987

Rusty apparel is introduced at the January Surf Expo and the R-dot quickly becomes a well-known logo in the surf world.

1988

1988

Todd Miller blowing the lid off the 80′s and turning into the future. Surfing Magazine, September, 1989.

1989

1989

New School leaders like Todd Chesser, Kalani Robb, Shane Beschen, Dino Andino, Matt Archbold, Pat O’Connell, Taylor Knox, Chris Ward and the Weatherly brothers all become Rusty team riders and icons for a new, mainstream era in surfing. They are... Read More →

1990tas

1990′s

New School leaders like Todd Chesser, Kalani Robb, Shane Beschen, Dino Andino, Matt Archbold, Pat O’Connell, Taylor Knox, Chris Ward and the Weatherly brothers all become Rusty team riders and icons for a new, mainstream era in surfing. They are... Read More →

1997

1997

Pat O’Connell, Surfer Magazine, August

1998

1998

Damien Hobgood, Surfing Magazine, May

1999

1999

An original Rusty roundhouse, Restaurants circa

1999-00

1999 – 2000

Rusty introduces the C-5 Challenge and the Anything But 3 contest. Rusty’s C-5 design and the contests are a further testament of his commitment to the evolution surfing.

2001

2001

Rusty has its first World Champ: 22-year-old CJ Hobgood from Satellite Beach, Florida—who had been drafted as a Super Grom by Rusty early on in his NSSA/ESA amateur days at the age of 14.

2005present1

2005 – present

On December 5 of ’05, Clark Foam closes its doors on the surfboard industry forever, initiating one of the most tragic days in the history of the sport. Rusty along with hundreds of other global surfboard builders take quite a... Read More →