We are proud to sell Stewart Surfboards, created by Bill Stewart in 1978 in Laguna Beach. These are the most premiere longboards out there as the surfboards are painstakingly hand shaped and perfected. He hand painted, hand shaped, took orders, and sold airbrushed T-shirts & hats in his tiny Laguna Beach shop. Marrying his lovely bride Christy, and becoming the father of a son and daughter were events that sparked a new found determination and work ethic in his business and the craft of board building. As his notoriety in the surfing world grew, he put together a surf team that at the time included names like Mike Parsons, Pat Allen, Shane & Gavin Beschen.
When Bill decided to move his shop to San Clemente, he became a pioneer of the extravagantly airbrushed designed longboard. Airbrushed artwork is standard today on surfboards. In today’s world, it’s hard to imagine it being done any other way. Curiously, CNN commemorated the end of the Cold War in 1984 by presenting Mikhail Gorbachev with a Stewart made surfboard. Arguably, this is one of the most high profile surfboards ever made.
His inventions and designs continue to shape the surfing world into what it is today. As a result, Orange County voted him one of the top 25 most influential people in Orange County, along with Tiger Woods and Oakley’s founder, Jim Jannard.
The driving force in creating a design most surfers cannot fathom surfing without is the need for faster and more responsive longboards. Bill’s two unique surfing innovations revolutionized longboard surfing. First is the beveled rail. Second is the 2+1 fin configuration. This resulted in a high performance longboard that took the world by storm.
These designs continue to be tested to perfection in the waters between San Onofre and Cottons Point and then around the world.
He also revolutionized fin boxes. First, he is the co-creator of the Future Fin Systems and led the charge to making it a patentable product. Second, he also designed the Future Strong Box, applying rocker to the box, something that no one had ever thought of before.
As a result of being a great artist, Bill’s work isn’t just seen on surfboards. He created iconic murals seen all over California. Most notably, his 80 ft. Malibu mural at Topanga Point and his San Clemente Wave Wall mural that is iconic at his storefront in San Clemente.