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Richard Brewer was born in Vermont on 10th January, 1852. His family moved to Wisconsin in 1854. As a teenager Brewer moved west and lived in Carthage, Missouri before settling in Lincoln County, New Mexico.

He purchased a small farm but in 1876 he started work as a foreman for John Tunstall. At this time James Dolan, Lawrence Murphy and John H. Riley had established the Murphy & Dolan mercantile and banking operation. The company was highly successful and won contracts to supply beef to both the Mescalero Apache Reservation and Fort Stanton. Murphy and his friends were disliked by the small farmers in Lincoln County as they were forced to pay high prices from Murphy & Dolan while at the same time they had to accept low prices for their cattle.

In 1876 Alexander McSween and John Tunstall set up a rival business. These two men were given the support of John Chisum, the owner of a large ranch and over 100,000 head of cattle. McSween and Tunstall now established J. H. Tunstall & Co, a shop and bank close to the one owned by Dolan, Murphy and Riley.

Dolan attempted to goad Tunstall into a gunfight. Tunstall refused to use violence himself but he did recruit Billy the Kid to help him in his business dispute. On 18th February, 1878, Tunstall was killed by William Morton, Jesse Evans and Tom Hill. This incident started the Lincoln County War.

Brewer was with Tunstall when he was killed and established the Regulators that supported Alexander McSween. It was claimed that Tunstall had been murdered on the orders of James Dolan. Rumours began to circulate that Dolan had offered $1,000 for anyone willing to murder Alexander McSween. Over the next few months the Regulators killed Sheriff William Brady, George Hindman, Frank Baker, William Morton, and others who they claimed they had been involved in the killing of Tunstall.

On 4th April 1878, Dick Brewer was killed by Buckshot Roberts, during a shoot-out at Blazier's Mill.


Overview of Dick Brewer Surfboards

The majority of surfboards fall into three main categories along with an additional set of boards for big wave surfing at Dick Brewer Surfboards website.

Shortboards

Longboards

  • Hybrid Longboard
  • Y2K Pipeliner
  • Performance Thruster
  • Noserider
  • Classic Longboard
  • Pipeliner

Hybrids/Funboards

Guns/Tow Boards

You can also find Dick Brewer’s surfboards at his current business called Plumeria, where you’ll find many of his hand shaped surfboards.


Dick Brewer Interview from the 2006 Towsurfer Vault

Dick Brewer had always been an excellent surfer and he quickly established himself in Hawaii as a big wave rider by charging big Waimea Bay and Sunset. Dick spent the early sixties taking-off shoulder to shoulder with the best surfers of the era. In the winter of 60/61, Dick opened Surfboards Hawaii in Haleiwa, selling Weber, Scholl and his own shapes. Dick Brewer had found his calling making boards.

In 1964, the Matson Shipping Lines strike stopped the flow of blanks and resin to Hawaii. No raw materials were available in Hawaii for building boards, so Dick went to California and started shaping from his operation in North County San Diego. He took Jeff Hakman (one of his team riders at that time) along with him and they spent the summer surfing and building surfboards.

Throughout the summer Price never paid Dick Brewer any royalties and at the end of the summer, just before returning to the north shore, Brewer asked Price for the royalties due him. Price said, “You own Surfboards Hawaii in Hawaii, I own it in California. I don’t owe you anything.”

Trials and Tribulations

Business relationships would become a recurrent problem for Dick throughout his life and without any formal contracts or agreements to fall back on, Dick decided to walk away from Surfboards Hawaii, going to work for Hobie Alter in 1965. This is where the Hobie “Dick Brewer Gun” evolved.

Dick put everything he knew about surfing and design into his boards. Hobie had hired Dick to shape big wave boards exclusively, paying him twice as much per board than he did any of his other shapers. In a small shop on a back street of Wahiawa Oahu, Dick built every Hobie Dick Brewer Model Gun. Shaping, glassing, sanding and glossing every board he built in Hawaii himself. In late 󈨅 he spent a few months in Dana Point doing production shaping, building just a few Brewer Models in California.

The year went well and after a prosperous summer for Hobie, Jeff Hakman won the “DUKE” on a Hobie Brewer Model. Soon after the contest, however, Brewer’s relationship with Hobie ended. Dick had requested a $10,000 R&D allowance from Hobie so he could develop a new model called “Summer Semis” and was turned down. Shortly after leaving Hobie, Brewer spent a few months shaping boards at Harbour Surfboards in Seal Beach.

Needing to get back to Hawaii, Brewer decided to go to Kauai and set up shop in Hanapepe. Shortly after his arrival on Kauai, he was approached by Fred Schwartz and recruited to build Bing Pipeliners at Surfline for Bing Surfboards. The Bing Company really wanted Dick on their design team and they pursued him to the extent that Bing Copeland and Duke Boyd flew over to Hawaii to bring him into the family. As a gift of welcome, they presented him with a polished Skil 100 plainer that was later to become the “Sword of Hercules.” An appropriate gift to a man at the top of his craft. Thus became the Bing Pipeliner era.

Bing absorbed the entire Dick Brewer Surf Team, and life was beautiful for Dick Brewer. It was at Bing where Dick’s shapes evolve, culminating in the now classic “Mini-Gun” and “David Nuuhiwa Model.” After his successful era with Bing, Dick returned to Hawaii and founded companies in Wahaina Maui and Hanapepe Kauai. During this period he continued his work on the Mini-gun and continued to shape shorter boards. One notable board, he developed during this period he called the “flip-tip.” Ridden by Reno Abellira, the “flip-tip” was the sensation of the 󈨉 Huntington Beach contest.

Shortly after, Dick tried to strike up a relationship with Larry Gordon of G&S surfboards and went so far as to travel to California and teach his shapers how to create his designs. In fact, he even gave G&S his templates. But this new relationship came to an abrupt halt when Dick was denied reimbursement for some travel expenses he presented to G&S. The very next day Dick Brewer Surfboards was born.

Dick went back to Hanapepe, on the south side of Kauai, where he spent the better part of the next ten years in seclusion developing new shapes and designs with Gerry Lopez. Dick and Gerry would shape a new model and take it out to a little known Kauai surf spot near Hanapepe called “Pakalas” to test it out. Even though these underground shapes would eventually enter into and transform the surfing world, the 70’s also brought with them a tremendous amount of turmoil for Dick and it kept Dick Brewer Surfboards from taking off.

To make matters worse, in 1975 Dick lost his son Keoki in a tragic car accident. Struggling to understand why Keoki was taken from him, Dick’s marriage suffered and eventually ended in divorce. Once again faced with a crossroads, Dick Brewer put his trust in surfing. With his love of surfing firmly established and a newfound understanding of the power of meditation to guide him, Dick continued to grow as a shaper, producing some magical boards during this revolutionary era.

Transitions

In the Mid-eighties Dick met his current wife Sherry. He gives her credit for bringing him out of his “depression” years. She brought meaning, romance, and excitement back into his life at a time when he was looking mostly inside himself for support. Shortly after, Dick took up windsurfing and added shaping and designing windsurfers to his repertoire.

Dick evolved into the Nineties with dual occupations. One being a real estate agent on Kauai, and the other continuing shaping Dick Brewer Surfboards to try to satisfy the demand on the North Shore. His boards were still setting the “cutting edge” trends with his subtle concave, and single/flat/double-barrel bottoms. Surfers all over the world longed for a Brewer.

Throughout the Nineties, Dick continued to innovate and advance his design skills working on the development of tow boards with Laird Hamilton, Derrick Doerner, and Buzzy Kerbox. Brewer continues to be heavily involved in the evolution of the sport, constantly shaping new tow boards with different foils and contours, and experimenting with different woods and materials. His tow boards use every bit of his expertise as a shaper and surfer because of the tremendous challenges associated with designing boards that have the right combination of strength, weight, and size necessary for tackling the immense waves ridden by the Hawaiian tow board crews.

A number of Brewer’s shapes can be seen in action in the book entitled “Jaws.” The book features Laird, Derrick and Buzzy riding some of the most awesome waves ever photographed at a Maui break called “Pe’ahi” (Hawaiian for “Jaws”). It is here where Brewer’s boards once again make history. The Hawaiian tow board crews are riding waves on his shapes that, up until just a couple of years ago, had been surfers dreams and nightmares.

As a testament to the innovation and style Brewer brings to surfing, he has found himself at the center of some major surf industry attention. In a recent Surfers Journal article (Volume 8) about Dick’s life, Jeff Hakman was quoted as saying, “I’ve got a three-year-old 9𔄀″ Brewer that’s a magic board… He’s still got the magic eye!” In that same article, Drew Kampion says, “Brewer’s shaping skills are in great demand today – by collectors, tow boarders, by longboarders and by some of the hottest of the kids. For instance, Myles Padaca has been a mainstay of feedback for the past 3 years, and now he’s rolling out Plumeria.”

Plumeria Surfboards is Brewer’s newest surfing-related venture. The new company is offering a full line of brand new Brewer shapes and is manufacturing a cutting edge selection of surfing accessories and apparel. The Plumeria web-site features a full E-commerce suite and on-line catalog, making this a revolutionary opportunity for surfers worldwide to purchase a Brewer board. Plumeria products may be purchased worldwide via the Internet at http://www.plumeriasurfboards.com/ushop. The site was designed and is hosted by San Diego-based web developer On Edge [email protected]

Recently Dick related the story of how the idea for Plumeria was sparked. The story took place on his last trip to Tahiti.

Dick was visiting one of the remote outer islands on a surfing expedition and fell into a conversation with one of the native men on the island. It turns out that this native was an oyster culturist and the conversation soon turned to pearls. Shortly after, Dick found himself viewing samples of the man’s prize pearls.

Deciding that he should bring one home for Sherry he picked out the one that stood out among all the rest and asked the man what he wanted for it. The man thought about it for just a moment and then disappeared into his beret, re-emerging a minute or so later with two battered, old Dick Brewer surfboards in tow. Displaying the weathered old boards to Dick, the man told him that the thing he wanted most was to replace these boards with two brand-new Brewers!

The Tahitian had surfed his boards so long on the remote island breaks that he feared that they would soon be unrideable. With true aloha, Dick and the oysterman shared their talents with each other and gave each other the gift of their soulful handiwork. Now Dick Brewer hopes to share his handiwork with surfers worldwide. If you’ve never ridden a Brewer, take a few minutes to check out his boards and get on one! Aloha!

Towsurfer.com: Tell us about the very first board you shaped and sold. That must have been a pretty good feeling.
Dick:
The first board I ever shaped was my gun at Surfside California by Huntington Harbor. I glassed it in my living room in 1958. The first one I shaped and sold was in Haleiwa Hawaii in 1661. I was selling Dewey Webers and Mud Werner, one of the Beach Boys wanted a board just like mine. ( I was riding a gun over 11’ long.) I made him one, Buffalo saw it and then he wanted one too. I built it and Buffalo went on to win the 1961 Makaha Contest on that board. Then, the buyer for the Wigman Department Store came to me and ordered 100 boards…and that was the beginning.

What was it like charging Waimea and Sunset back in the early days with only a few other guys and especially with those very heavy long boards?
We were getting in, 1/2 way down the face and way before they even start taking off now. The boards we were riding had low rocker and were much thicker. I feel we rode as big of waves then as we are riding today.

What made you decide to open up Surfboards Hawaii in Haleiwa and start shaping and selling your own boards?
I went to Hawaii in the summer of 61’ and I was really bored. One day I ended up getting six unemployment checks at once, so I took them all and rented a building to open up shop!

In 1964 when the shipping lines strike stopped the flow of blanks and resin to Hawaii, that must have been a shock.
I ended up closing the shop and went to Southern California. I helped someone open up a Surfboards Hawaii in Encinitas but it ended up with problems and litigation. I walked away from the whole thing. I was more interested in designing surfboards than legal beef.

Tell us about your transition from Surfboards Hawaii to working with Hobbie Surfboards.
When I walked away from Surfboards Hawaii Dick Metz, who ran the Hobie Shop in Honolulu, offered me a deal and I went to work for them. I switched the whole Dick Brewer Surf Team, and all of my customers over to Hobie. If Hobie would have done what I wanted back then, he would have become what Quiksilver is today.

How instrumental was Jeff Hakman to you, your designs and the R&D that was needed?
He was totally loyal. He was the first team rider to ask for a penetrator’s nose on a longboard and a shortboard. I build him the first real small gun-ridden on big waves in Hawaii. In 1961 when Jeff Hackman was 14 years old, he was the first surfer to perfect the Johnny Fain full layout on the face of a wave at Sunset Beach.

What were other surfers instrumental to your R&D in the early years?
Bob Shepherd, Joe Quigg, and Buzzy Trent.

During this period, we’re you mainly focusing on the big wave gun or shorter boards?
Big wave guns. Brewer guns have ruled the lineup at Sunset and Waimea from the early sixties and still do to this very day!

When Jeff Hakman won the “Duke” on a Hobie Brewer Model, that must have truly helped your marketing.
Yes…but it didn’t impress Hobie.

Tell us about your move to Hanapepe, on the South side of Kauai, where you spent the better part of 10 years developing new shapes and designs with Gerry Lopez.
I opened a shop in late 1967 and we were there for one year. Gerry, Reno and I developed and created more surfboard advancements in the one-year that at any other time in history. Some of those advancements were 1. the Modern Fin 2. Removable Fin Boxes (I talked to Bahne into building one) 3. Various new tail design

Tell us about your transition into becoming a real estate agent in the early 90’s on Kauai, while still being on the “Cutting Edge” with your shaping.
I have been licensed to sell Real Estate since 1973. I really enjoy selling the property to my surfer friends. Hawaiian Real Estate is truly a great investment.

How did you eventually merge into shaping tow boards?
I was on the North Shore when Laird, Buzzy, and Derrick towed into Phantoms with the Zodiac for the first time. When this happened, I immediately shaped a Balsa tow board and gave it to Derrick Doerner. Six months later Laird saw it in the corner at Derrick’s house and said what’s this? Derrick told him it was something that Brewer came up with. Laird put straps on it, took it to Jaws and we all know the rest. Laird called this board “Betsy” and it’s the same board that he’s riding on the cover of the Jaws book.

You have been apart of the cutting edge of tow board shapes and designs since the beginning. When are we going to see the ultimate design?
We’re seeing small refinements in the boards right now with respect to planing. We’re getting to a point where you won’t see a lot of changes in the boards. It can be associated with water-skiing in regards to design improvements. Now that we have things dialed, we’re going to stay focused on what is working best.

What are some of the new tow models, shapes, and designs coming out as we speak?
The Garrett McNamara Model

Who are the guys that ride for you on your team with respect to big waves and towing?
Garrett McNamara
Laird Hamilton
Ikaika Kalama
Derrick Doerner
Buzzy Kerbox
Myles Padaca
Titus Kinimaka
Eric Fergerson
Scott Chandler
Dane Keoloha
Joel Fitzgerald
Mango Manny
Vetea David
Archie Kalepa

Who are some of the guys that have supported your R&D with respect to tow boards and towsurfing?
Laird Hamilton
Garrett McNamara
Derrick Doerner

Have we seen the best of Laird yet?
No, as his equipment improves, Laird will take it to the next level.

What about Garrett McNamara?
Same thing with Garrett. He’s a great tow-in and paddle-in surfer.

Tell us about Plumeria Surfboards Venture.
I’ve always been the Plumeria flower and have always wanted to start a surfboard company with the fragrant Plumeria flower without a Dick on it.

Why is it we see most of your Plumeria tow boards advertised in magazines with Garrett and not much with Laird? After all, Laird does represent your company and ride your boards.
Laird said we could use his name but we never did out of respect for his sponsorship and affiliation with Oxbow. I stayed in the background and even refused to reproduce Laird’s board for other people at his request.

There seems to be a little division amongst the tow surfers who want to compete and those that don’t. Without mentioning any obvious names, why do you think this is?
Because these guys want to get paid to show up for the event.

Tell us about the Garrett McNamara tow board design coming out for sale to anyone who wants to buy one.
This is the exact replica of the board that Garrett rode the biggest tube ever at Jaws!

What kinds of specific changes other than what are currently taking place, can we expect with tow boards in the next 12 month?
Tow boards are going to get thinner.

It must be exciting for you and your company to be apart of the whole tow-in surfing adventure. With all the R&D, you’re able to watch the entire progression unfold right before your eyes having the best surfers in the world riding your equipment.
It’s been exciting for the last 40 years. I’ve always built boards for the best surfers in the world.

How is your life today, this very moment?
This is the best time in history to have lived and I am happy to be a part of it!

Thanks Dick for this awesome opportunity to speak with you and learn more about your life and times-Aloha!
Thank you, Eric!


The Original Regulators

Before Warren G, Doctor Dre, and Snoop Doggy Dog had a stint as modern day "regulators" there was Billy the Kid, Doc Scurlock, and Jose Chavez y Chavez. The original Regulators. In 1878 in New Mexico Territory, a conflict took place that would later become known as the Lincoln County War. The conflict arose between two factions over the control of dry goods trade in the county. The older more established faction, often referred to as The General Store Monopoly, was a group run by organized “business men” Lawrence Murphy and his partner James Dolan. These men ran and completely controlled a lucrative empire that manipulated all the dry goods sales in Lincoln County. The Murphy-Dolan faction were allied with Lincoln County Sheriff William J. Brady, and supported by the Jesse Evans Gang.

The new comers and competing faction in the dry goods war were led by wealthy Englishman William Tunstall, young attorney Alexander McSween and one of the most famous cattlemen ever John Chisum. In 1876, these men opened a general store to directly compete with Murphy and Dolan. After a legal court battle in 1878, Murphy and Dolan sent Jesse Evans and his crew to gun down William Tunstall. After Tunstall’s death, several of his men formed a vigilante group called The Regulators. The main group of men in the Regulators were known as the “iron clad” and they were: Richard "Dick" Brewer, Frank McNab, Doc Scurlock, Jim French, John Middleton, George Coe, Frank Coe, Jose Chavez y Chavez, Charlie Bowdre, Tom O'Folliard, Fred Waite, Henry Newton Brown, and the bandit of all bandit’s Billy the Kid. After the group was formed, the Murphy-Dolan gang and The Regulators murdered one another with wanton abandon killing 21 men in all and forging the outlaw reputation of Billy the Kid.

The Lincoln County War has been brought to the big screen many times by Hollywood producers. Most notably in 1970’s Chisum, starring John Wayne. And again in 1988 with the movie Young Guns, starring Emilio Estevez as Billy the Kid, Kiefer Sutherland as Doc Scurlock, Lou Diamond Phillips as Jose Chavez y Chavez and even a young Charlie Sheen has a role as Dick Brewer.


Richard 'Dick' Brewer


Brewer was born in St. Albans, Vermont. At the age of four, he and his family moved to Boaz, Wisconsin . [1] Brewer would move on to Missouri before arriving in Lincoln County, New Mexico. Brewer tried farming as a profession, and he bought a farm in Lincoln County with this in mind. In the spring of 1871, Brewer began working for Lawrence Murphy, but soon left that job. By 1876, he was working as a cattle foreman for cattleman John Tunstall, owner of one of the largest farms in the area.

Murphy and James Dolan had established a general store monopoly in Lincoln before Tunstall decided to compete with them, and saw Tunstall as an opponent and rival, rather than as merely a competitor. Alexander McSween began working for Tunstall, and as a consequence the Tunstall-McSween vs Murphy-Dolan began. According to historians, this violent war was instigated by Dolan, who hired gunmen from the Evans and Kinney gangs to rustle cattle from Tunstall, and harass him.

On February 18, 1878, a turning point in the rivalry happened when Tunstall was murdered. After Tunstall's murder, a posse was deputized to serve arrest warrants on his killers, with Brewer chosen to lead the posse. [2] The Regulators originated from that posse, and included Billy the Kid and Jose Chavez y Chavez. The forty-five gunmen who were chosen were, according to legend, among the best killers in the west. Brewer allegedly formed the group, and was himself a member.


Why Was This Development Necessary?

Despite the introduction of new materials during the previous decade and the motivation on the part of surfers to explore wave-riding techniques, up until the late 60s, surfboards were still long and heavy, with characteristics that limited performance and maneuverability in more challenging waves. Numbed by the linearity of the surfboard designs coming out of the big brand manufacturers and hungry to ride faster, turn sharper, and fit deeper into the pocket, a new wave of surfers-cum-shapers saw in the length and outline of the ordinary longboard the first obstacle to be overcome. Once the idea of making and riding shorter boards was tried and tested and began to settle, so began the experimentation with other elements such as bottom contours and rails, all with the intention to optimize the way waves were being ridden and what was possible. They were aiming for radical, both in and out of the water.


Hawaii Surf Factory Shaper Dick Brewer

Raised in the Long Beach and L. A. area, Dick Brewer came from two generations of engineers. Blessed with the brainpower, skill and aptitude it takes to be a successful designer he would have been successful at any profession he chose. He chose surfing. Life and a deep sense of adventure took him to Hawaii and in 1959 Dick began on a journey that he would continue for the rest of his life. He founded Surfboards Hawaii in Hawaii in 1961 and never looked back.

Dick Brewer’s love affair with surfing began in 1952, and he got his first surfboard in 1953, a 9𔃺″ balsa Woody Brown template that they called a “Double Ender.” He rode this board for years in all kinds of conditions, including waves up to 15 feet. Dick couldn’t get enough of the beach and the lifestyle associated with the surfing culture so after high school he attended Long Beach State to work towards an engineering degree, earning an income working as a tool and die maker for his Dad’s Tool and Die Company, Keith Black Racing Engines, and North American Aviation.

His True Calling
Dick joined the Air National Guard in 1958. The recruiter had told him he could finish the year out at Long Beach State when he joined. During this period of his life Dick became interested in the design-side of the surf industry, wanting to shape his own boards. In 1959 Dick bought one of the first Walker blanks ever “blown” and shaped a 9󈧎” gun. Dick then took his first trip to Hawaii, and it was all over. After his trip to Hawaii, Dick went back to Long Beach State, but his heart just wasn’t into it anymore. In 1960, he returned to Hawaii.

Dick Brewer had always been an excellent surfer and he quickly established himself in Hawaii as a big wave rider by charging big Waimea Bay and Sunset. Dick spent the early sixties taking-off shoulder to shoulder with the best surfers of the era. In the winter of 60/61 Dick opened Surfboards Hawaii in Haleiwa, selling Weber, Scholl and his own shapes. Dick Brewer had found his calling making boards.

In 1964, the Matson Shipping Lines strike stopped the flow of blanks and resin to Hawaii. No raw materials were available in Hawaii for building boards, so Dick went to California and started shaping from his operation in North County San Diego. He took Jeff Hakman (one of his team riders at that time) along with him and they spent the summer surfing and building surfboards.

Throughout the summer Price never paid Dick Brewer any royalties and at the end of the summer, just before returning to the north shore, Brewer asked Price for the royalties due him. Price said, “You own Surfboards Hawaii in Hawaii, I own it in California. I don’t owe you anything.”

Trials and Tribulations
Business relationships would become a recurrent problem for Dick throughout his life and without any formal contracts or agreements to fall back on, Dick decided to walk away from Surfboards Hawaii, going to work for Hobie Alter in 1965. This is where the Hobie “Dick Brewer Gun” evolved.

Dick put everything he knew about surfing and design into his boards. Hobie had hired Dick to shape big wave boards exclusively, paying him twice as much per board than he did any of his other shapers. In a small shop on a back street of Wahiawa Oahu, Dick built every Hobie Dick Brewer Model Gun. Shaping, glassing, sanding and glossing every board he built in Hawaii himself. In late 󈨅 he spent a few months in Dana Point doing production shaping, building just a few Brewer Models in California.

The year went well and after a prosperous summer for Hobie, Jeff Hakman won the “DUKE” on a Hobie Brewer Model. Soon after the contest, however, Brewer’s relationship with Hobie ended. Dick had requested a $10,000 R&D allowance from Hobie so he could develop a new model called “Summer Semis” and was turned down. Shortly after leaving Hobie, Brewer spent a few months shaping boards at Harbour Surfboards in Seal Beach.

Needing to get back to Hawaii, Brewer decided to go to Kauai and set up shop in Hanapepe. Shortly after his arrival on Kauai, he was approached by Fred Schwartz and recruited to build Bing Pipeliners at Surfline for Bing Surfboards. The Bing Company really wanted Dick on their design team and they pursued him to the extent that Bing Copeland and Duke Boyd flew over to Hawaii to bring him into the family. As a gift of welcome they presented him with a polished Skil 100 planer that was later to become the “Sword of Hercules.” An appropriate gift to a man at the top of his craft. Thus became the Bing Pipeliner era.

Bing absorbed the entire Dick Brewer Surf Team, and life was beautiful for Dick Brewer. It was at Bing where Dick’s shapes evolve, culminating in the now classic “Mini-Gun” and “David Nuuhiwa Model.” After his successful era with Bing, Dick returned to Hawaii and founded companies in Wahaina Maui and Hanapepe Kauai. During this period he continued his work on the Mini-gun and continued to shape shorter boards. One notable board he developed during this period he called the “flip-tip.” Ridden by Reno Abellira, the “flip-tip” was the sensation of the 󈨉 Huntington Beach contest.

Shortly after, Dick tried to strike up a relationship with Larry Gordon of G&S surfboards, and went so far as to travel to California and teach his shapers how to create his designs. In fact, he even gave G&S his templates. But this new relationship came to an abrupt halt when Dick was denied reimbursement for some travel expenses he presented to G&S. The very next day Dick Brewer Surfboards was born.

Dick went back to Hanapepe, on the south side of Kauai, where he spent the better part of the next ten years in seclusion developing new shapes and designs with Gerry Lopez. Dick and Gerry would shape a new model and take it out to a little known Kauai surfspot near Hanapepe called “Pakalas” to test it out. Even though these underground shapes would eventually enter into and transform the surfing world, the 70’s also brought with them a tremendous amount of turmoil for Dick and it kept Dick Brewer Surfboards from taking off.

To make matters worse, in 1975 Dick lost his son Keoki in a tragic car accident. Struggling to understand why Keoki was taken from him, Dick’s marriage suffered and eventually ended in divorce. Once again faced with a crossroads, Dick Brewer put his trust in surfing. With his love of surfing firmly established and a new found understanding of the power of meditation to guide him, Dick continued to grow as a shaper, producing some magical boards during this revolutionary era and beyond. Dick is still shaping everyday a tremendous variety of boards and materials. Dick gets a lot of support and encouragement from his friends, family and especially his wife Sherry.


Legends of America

Richard M. Brewer was a gunman and lawman, he worked for John Tunstall as leader of the Regulators in New Mexico’s Lincoln County War.

Born on February 19, 1850 in Franklin County, Vermont, his family moved to Wisconsin in 1854 and when the lad turned 18, he made his way west. Settling down in Lincoln County, New Mexico, he became a rancher and horse breeder. He soon befriended his neighbor John Tunstall who was in a feud with the Murphy/Dolan faction, which would soon lead to the Lincoln County War.

By March 1, 1878, when the rivalry had grown to gunplay, Brewer was appointed constable by the Magistrate. His group, known as “The Regulators,” included Billy the Kid and other deputies. Their purpose was to serve arrest warrants to members of the Dolan Gang for the ambush and murder of John Tunstall. On April 4, 1878, Brewer led the Regulators to Blazer’s Mill where they were confronted by one of the men they held a warrant for – Buckshot Roberts. Soon, the guns blazed and two Regulators were wounded and one killed – namely Constable Brewer. Buckshot Roberts was also killed and the two were buried side by side.

By Kathy Weiser-Alexander, updated February 2020.


Surf legend Dick Brewer to appear at Kahala Talk Story Series

HONOLULU — Legendary surfboard shaper Dick Brewer will make an appearance at the Kahala Sportswear store from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 20.

The iconic shaping guru will talk story about his path in life as a master shaper. On display will be a rare vintage Brewer Buzzy Trent model surfboard, No. 22.

Brewer is believed to have made only 88 of these boards No. 22 is the beloved board of Dr. Mike McCabe, a former fixture on the Makaha surf scene (who, on the advice of his dear friend, the late Rell Sunn, actually slept with the board in his bed).

With the purchase of the exclusive new Kahala “Shaping Room” shirt, which features Brewer’s hand-drawn shapes of boards he created for champion riders like Jock Sutherland, Fred Hemmings and Gerry Lopez going back to the early ’60s, attendees will receive a commemorative booklet full of Dick Brewer history, lore and vintage photos — a perfect canvas for an autograph from the legend himself.

The event will also feature complimentary fine wines by The Wine Stop, Primo beer, and pupu, as well as Hawaiian steel guitar music by Buck Giles.

The Dick Brewer appearance is part of the free Kahala Talk Story Series of in-store events, featuring the icons of the waterman lifestyle who are making history in the islands and around the world.

Dick Brewer’s love affair with surfing began in 1952, and he got his first surfboard in 1953, a 9’0” balsa Woody Brown template they called a “Double Ender.”

In 1959 he took his first trip to Hawai‘i, and quickly established himself as a big wave rider at Waimea Bay and Sunset. He spent the early sixties taking off shoulder to shoulder with the best surfers of the era. In the winter of 1960-61 he opened Surfboards Hawai‘i in Hale‘iwa, selling Weber, Scholl and his own shapes. He had found his calling.

Brewer now resides on Kaua‘i, where he continues to shape boards for customers all over the world. His 9’6” thruster gun (19-1/4” wide, 3-1/4” thick with a Derrick Doerner template) has become the standard board for intermediate surf. Since 1994, he has worked with Laird Hamilton, Derrick Doerner and other tow-in surfers to create high-tech boards for the giant outer reefs of Hawai‘i.


Dick Brewer - History

> />NW Sausage & Deli was established in 1983 by Dick Young. His vision was to create a place where everyone can enjoy Old World style smoked sausage. Today, using electric air smokehouses we produce the finest sausages and deli products around– each are prepared to Dick’s original, preserving Dick’s Dream.

A lifelong meat cutter, Dick started his career at Midway Meats in Chehalis while still in high school. After graduating high school, he started his own custom slaughtering and meat wrapping business, Dick’s Meat, across from Maple Lane School in Rochester. After 8 years in the business, Dick decided he wanted to focus his attention on the art of making and smoking sausages and various meats.

Dick opened the doors of NW Sausage & Deli on October 28, 1983, after building the business from the ground up. The business was a family project with Dick and Marilyn, their two children, Julie (7) and Jonathan (3), and Marilyn’s mom, Carol Ponder, working part time.

Shortly after the deli was up and running, Dick put in a few tables and chairs and started selling sandwiches on the premises. That is where it all began …

In 1984, Dick, a man who never could sit still, poured his passion and interest into home brewing. He built, from scratch, a 3 bbl. brew house — which we still use today as our pilot system — to start designing and creating recipes in the back of the deli. His beer was so popular that he quickly found himself exceeding the annual production limit for home brewers. In 1992, Dick decided it was time to make his hobby a business! Dick’s Brewing Company became a reality in 1994.

Dick quickly realized he would need more space for his growing side project and built a brewery/warehouse adjacent to his deli. Dick would brew once a week and initially focused on Dick Danger, Pale Ale and Lava Rock Porter. Dick Danger is still our best selling beer, to date! The brewery was located behind the deli from 1995 to 2008. Production and distribution grew from 200 bbls. in one state to over 3000 bbls. a year in 6 states. Dick’s creative passion for brewing also grew, starting with three recipes in 1994 to over twenty styles in 2009.

In 2008, Dick’s Brewing Company moved into its current location on Galvin Road and production continues full steam ahead! Dick opened a tasting room at the production facility in 2009 and invited the public in for a tour and a pint. Today, the Tasting Room is still a favorite local hangout and tourist destination. The tasting room has won “Best Place for a Pint” 4 years in a row. Northwest Sausage and Deli is the original home of Dick’s Brewing and is the retail location for all things Dick’s – Beer, Sausage and Deli Sandwiches!

Dick wore many hats and he was so many things to so many people. In 2009, we lost a brew master, a friend, a dad, a partner, a son, a teacher, a rebel, an electrician, a plumber, a carpenter, a craftsman, and a joker, a complete and unique leader. He will always be remembered in every bottle or keg that gets shipped from our warehouse to someone that is thirsty, his vision and dream will live on.

Today, the Dick’s Brew Crew is led by Dick’s daughter, Julie Pendleton. We have plenty of room for growth and feel the sky’s the limit when it comes to continuing Dick’s legacy with Dick’s Brewing Company and NW Sausage & Deli. Our entire team is proud to continue the dream that our founder started, and we are grateful to have you all along for the ride!

From all of us at the Dick’s Brewing Company, cheers and thank you!


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