Pat Rawson has been shaping surfboards since 1966, and manufacturing surfboards on the North Shore of Oahu since 1972. Combining pre-proven, innovative custom designs with handcrafted experience, Rawson shapes and sells to 19 countries worldwide from 6 hi-tech manufacturing locations. His acclaim ranges from his home-base on Sunset Beach; Oahu, to the shores of California, Europe, Central and South America, Japan, and Australia. Over the last 30 years, Rawson has built North Shore custom quivers for the many traveling pros that flock to Hawaii each Fall season.
I started surfing and Junior Lifeguards together in 1964 at Dockweiler State Beach below my home in Playa Del Rey, California. Loving building things, I began shaping surfboards in 1966 and by 1969, I was a thriving small business in a Surfing beach community. I have had the unique experience to work in California at Rick Surfboards, Wilken Surfboards, Blue Cheer Surfboards, Tom Overlin Surfboards and Doug Haut Surfboards. After moving to Hawaii in the early 70’s, I worked for Lightening Bolt Surfboards, George Downing-Wave Crest Hawaii, and helped start Local Motion in 1978.
Before 1990, surfboard shapers everywhere would hand shape each blank and would record their methodology carefully. I used a milling machine I had made myself by hand for cutting accurate bottom rockers, along with using tail rocker and bottom rocker templates for reference, to achieve a constant product for Pro surfer’s and amateurs alike.
Now we use sophisticated CAD software that allows shapers the phenomenon of duplication and making small incremental changes to each design. This method furthers along custom board design for all ability levels for shapers to build consistent models with a very high degree of accuracy, while at the same time being fully tested beforehand.