Greetings, Shredderz! There’s currently a cool 70s Dick Brewer single fin listed for sale on Craigslist in San Diego, and I thought I’d feature the board here. This is a link to the original listing.
Before his passing earlier this year, Brewer had cemented himself as one of the most influential shapers of all time. One of the things about Brewer’s career that consistently stands out to me is the fact he collaborated with such an incredible variety of surfers and shapers in the process of tweaking his designs. I’d love to see a Dick Brewer family tree someday. Off the top of my head I can recall Brewer working with Aussie pros like Mark Richards and Terry Fitzgerald; shapers like Owl Chapman, Sam Hawk, Pat Rawson, Jim Ellington, Joe Blair, Gary Linden, and Mark Angell, just to name a handful.
Frankly, Brewer worked with so many other shapers that there are many vintage boards bearing the Brewer logo that were likely shaped by other folks. This isn’t a slight — per the list of names above, Brewer worked with a ton of talented shapers — but it does make it tricky to identify whether or not older boards were shaped by RB himself. This one, for what it’s worth, has a very clear signature on the stringer, and a bit of an unusual one, too, given that many boards I’ve seen are signed either “Dick Brewer” or “R. Brewer”.
The dimensions on the Brewer single fin are 7’1″ x 18 3/4″ x 2 7/8″. I’d guess it was shaped in the early to mid 70s, but frankly I’m not great with these dates. The seller is asking $999. Prices for Brewer’s vintage boards are all over the place, from what I can tell, but if this is indeed one of his hand shapes, that strikes me as pretty reasonable. Check out the listing here.