Location: San Clemente, CA (current) / Laguna Beach, CA
Category: Shortboards, Longboards, Funboards
The Shaper: Bill Stewart
Website: Stewart Surfboards
History of Stewart Surfboards
Although Stewart Surfboards has its operations in the heart of the surf industry in Southern California, Bill Stewart had his roots first out in Kentucky, and later he first surfed at Hollywood, Florida in 1963. Several years later, he would shape his first surfboard in 1967.
He moved out to Southern California to both surf more consistent waves and improve his shaping skills from the best at the time include Rick James and Hobie Alter. After learning enough on shaping surfboards, he launched his name brand surfboard in 1978 in Laguna Beach, which shortly thereafter relocated to San Clemente due to booming business.
From the 1980′s to 1990′s, Bill would go on to innovate the surfboard design: developing the Hydro Hull (double concave shape), which around 3 decades later he would update to create the Redline 11 longboard in 2011. He also introduced the the 2+1 tri-fin configuration as well as developed the S-Winger (which was the 5 fin double wing pin shortboard).
Bill continues to stretch the limits and go beyond what is impossible in surfboard design.
Other Interesting Facts on Stewart Surfboards:
- Stewart Surfboards featured in Office Depot national ad.
- The movies “The Heartbreak Kid” & “The Net” also showcased the surfboards by Stewart.
- Best Airbrusher in 1980 Surfing Magazine.
- Mikhail Gorbachev was presented a Stewart Surfboard with airbrushed Soviet & American flags by CNN commemoration of the end of Cold War in 1990.
Overview of Stewart Surfboards
Stewart Surfboards provides a range of surfboards from shortboards to longboards. They also have a simple “Find a Board” search bar to help you look for the right board quicker.
- Funline 11
- Redline 11
- Retro Fish
- Funboard Comp
- Hydro Glide
- Hydro Hull
- California Nose Rider