Bird Huffman & Bob Mitsven
Theres been a lot of great moments of surfboard talk in The Shed over the last 11 years. Everyone has passed through the doorway into the hallowed halls of the old Quonset hut on Morena Boulevard. You never know who might walk in at any given time, but when we can, we try to document it.
This old video comes from 2010 when Bird and Bod took some time to discuss Mitsven shapes and go over some of the theories behind the process. Sit back and enjoy ther Three-part interview with Bob Mitsven.
Temple Of Surf Podcast: Featuring Bird Huffman
Aloha Everyone and welcome to a new episode of The Temple of Surf – The Podcast. We will give you full access to the best surfers, skaters, shapers, surfboards collectors, shop owners in the world!
Discover with me their stories, their greatest successes, amazing behind the scenes and much more!
Today with us the legendary Bird Huffman, owner of the iconic shop Bird’s Surf Shed in San Diego
SHED SESSIONS: Newport Beach Edition
Original Post Date: Sep 6, 2018
When Bird Huffman, of “Bird’s Surf Shed,” was asked to choose some boards from his collection for the punchy beach breaks of Newport Beach, he stuck with a motif of fast, flat and thick designs. Boards, that after a couple strokes, will have a surfer racing through a hollow pocket.
Young guns Tyler Gunter and Finn McGill experienced the highly effective planing elements of a 5’2″ kneeboard-esque twin fin. A chunky yet complex little board that seems to go 0-100 instantly with no way to bleed-off speed. Despite never really catching on in California, Ben Aipa’s mid-70s “Sting” design surprised Newport local Bobby Okvist with how well it worked. Bird also shares Hawaiian Larry Bertleman’s preference to ride the design with the fin loose–freely sliding from front-to-back in the fin box.
Stylemaster Jared Mell trims a Robert August shaped single with fluted wings from the early 70s. The “Endless Summer” star’s endlessly classic step-up board comes complete with a heavy glass job, pin lines and no leash plug. No leash, no mercy! Especially on those big Newport Point days. No Newport-centric quiver of classic boards would be complete without a Russell Surfboard. And Bird tosses one from the late 70s, shaped by streetwear mogul Shawn Stussy, into the bunch. Both rich in beauty and Newport Beach surfing heritage, the Russel Surfboard seems to go just fine in the pocket under Punker Pat Towersy’s feet.
House of Paipo “Shoe” 5’2″ X 22″ X 3.25″
Dyno “Sting” 6’5″ X 19.5″ X 2.75″
Robert August 7’2″ X 19.25″ X 3″
Russell shaped by Shawn Stussy 6’2″ X 19.5″ X 2.75″
SHED SESSIONS: Ellis Ericson at Malibu on 1972 Stevie Lis Fish
Original Post: Dec 19, 2016
Ellis Ericson Borrows a sacred 1972 Stevie Lis Fish from Birds private reserve. The board was the first one Stevie shaped for Bird and from the looks of it, still has plenty of life left in it.
SHED SESSIONS: Santa Cruz Edition
Original Post: Jan 9, 2018
Starring: Noah Wegrich and Darshan Gooch
Watch the boys as they test out four vintage surf-crafts in the waters of Santa Cruz.
For Season 2 of Shed Sessions, we’re taking a slightly different approach. Rather than allowing the surfers to run rampant in Eric “Bird” Huffman’s San Diego shop–picking out whatever boards they want–we’re letting Bird take the reins. “I started gathering boards in 1972,” says Bird. “At this point I’ve got about 1200, so there’s a wide, wide variety of boards. For this season, I’m gonna pull out three or four boards that I think would be fun, and then we’re gonna reunite the equipment with the area and the people where it came from in the first place.”
Bird’s picked out a classic ’60s performance longboard and a ’90s tow-board with weights down the middle, are anything but ordinary, but neither are the lines Gooch and Wegrich draw on them.
The boards, in order of appearance, are as follows:
Flying Fortress Shaped by: Andy Tyler Dims: 6’6″ x 21″ x 2.5″
Haut Shaped by: Doug Haut Dims: 9’6″
Rusty Shaped by: Rick Hamon Dims: 6’0″ x 17.25″ x 2.2″
Gemini Shaped by: Jeff Alexander Dims: 6’1″ x 18 1/4″ x 2 3/8″