MY DAD THE GARAGE GUY
Written by Kandi Patterson
My dad is a self-proclaimed “Garage Guy''. His career, building surfboards, has consisted of a series of garages- from his own backyards’, his friends, Hobie’s, McElroy’s, Herbie Fletcher’s. Most of my memories with my dad are in his shaping room, his “garage”. He can be found in the shaping bay seven days a week. His passion and devotion for the craft are fueled by an upbringing (his first memories beginning at 3 years old) of being surrounded by surfboard builders.
With a brown paper lunch bag in one hand and a beer in the other, my dad would walk down the corridor at the Hobie factory, in Dana Point, passing his two uncles glassing surfboards, while on his way to drop off lunch to my grandpa. Also in the building at the time was Terry Martin shaping surfboards with his signature bright red beard. What a sight to see as a young boy.
I believe that his passion for shaping is fueled by something even deeper than DNA. My Dad overcame his alcoholism with the help of his craft. His shaping room is his therapy. His tools are his therapist, and all of his worries, anxieties, and frustrations fall away along with the foam dust and are transmuted into a surfboard. I believe there is a piece of him in every surfboard he shapes.
My Dad started off with fixing up ding repairs for friends and then found his way to Hobie Surfboards and worked alongside his dad where he learned how to sand, hot coat, and make fins. He pretty much did everything there- even fixed the machines and fans. (He still maintains his own machines and makes his own tools to this day.) He was there for six years and then began working in his own garage, and with his friends- borrowing planers to shape surfboards, bellyboards, and handboards. Anything that could ride waves.
Eventually, he became more well-known in our little surf town and was asked by Herbie Fletcher and McElroy to help shape surfboards under them for local talents such as Matt Archbold, Dino Andino, and Christian Fletcher. These collaborations had a major influence on his career at the time. Around the 90s is when my dad started to travel around the world, sharing his shaping techniques and riding waves with different people. That’s when it struck him that surfing is becoming more main stream and he was able to move out of his garage at home and get a bigger one.
To this day, my dad’s consistent sense of creativity, innovation, and determination push the craft forward. His willingness to work overnight, from start to finish on a surfboard, sets him apart from the rest.
Slide Show by Kandi Patterson
T. Patterson Surfboards was founded in 1980 by surfboard shaper Tim Patterson. The Patterson family has a long history in the surfing industry and Tim is the second generation surfboard builder from the Patterson family. His father, Ronald Patterson, and his uncles, Robert and Raymond Patterson, have been involved in the surf industry since its inception in the 1950’s
Prior to opening T. Patterson Surfboards, Tim shaped at Hobie Surfboards in Dana Point, California. It was there that he learned the art of shaping from legends such as Dale Velzy, Chris McElroy, Mickey Munoz, and Terry Martin. He was involved with all the facets of the manufacturing process including shaping, laminating, glossing, sanding, and airbrushing. Tim is well versed in all phases of surfboard manufacturing and is considered an expert in design, development, and the hand shaping process.
At T. Patterson Surfboards, Tim continues to apply his knowledge and skills to research, design, and create constantly better surfboards. Tim also spends lots of time in the water making sure that his designs give surfers the speed and responsiveness that we all crave.
Very few shapers have been able to attract the kind of surfing talent that has come to rely on T. Patterson Surfboards. If you look closely at the boards of the best surfers, you often find the T. Patterson logo. Working with great surfers and personally testing his boards has provided Tim with feedback he has applied in his shaping. Years of technical input has helped propel Tim to the ranks of the shaping Elite.
Tim has dedicated to bringing the most functional and modern shapes to his customers. Tim’s ability guides the process every step of the way- from shaping through sanding- assuring that your T. Patterson surfboard will be of highest quality, both in shape and performance.
The last couple years Tim has been expanding his business in a worldwide fashion. You will find Timmy Patterson surfboards all around the world in places such as Brazil, Bali, Peru, Portugal, Spain Canary Islands, Costa Rica, Israel, Panama, Tahiti, Australia, Japan, South Africa, Chile, The UK, South Korea, and Hawaii. Tim is working with the best surfers from around the world to create the best possible board for every wave type and every kind of surfing.
Timmy Patterson Surfboards assures you of timely delivery, great customer service and expert guidance.
Our goal is to give hard-core surfer’s equipment they can depend on day in and day-out.