Charlie Cowden — Speed trials south of France, 1986

Charlie Cowden — Speed trials south of France, 1986

Up until 1979 I was getting all of my surfboards from a neighbor in Foster Village, James “Booby” Jones. I didn’t realize how good his boards were until he quit shaping. It was devastating, as his boards, especially his big wave guns, were so advanced for the time. I had no choice but to learn to shape my own boards and try to figure out why his worked so well.