Photo credit: James Duck
On my annual November birthday San Onofre surfing safari on which I’m always lucky enough to be accompanied by a crew of great surfers and campers from up and down California, Pierre Smith this year brought along a short board crafted 40 years ago by his dad, Caltech English professor and Master of Student Houses David Smith.
You know Pierre from his guitar work in El Vez and Human Hands . His late father, more than a mere Conrad scholar, was a classic gray-bearded longboarder I grew up watching surf at Sano in the ’60s. We never got this beauty wet during the three-day weekend, so it served as more of a mascot for the trip — but Pierre rode it at Point Dume this summer and it reportedly works great.