The Big Man: Rusty Preisendorfer

The shaping philosophy and continual evolution of Rusty Surfboards’ shaper in chief.

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In TSJ 31.4’s “The Big Man,” author and photographer John Durant tracks Rusty Preisendorfer’s half century of surfboard shaping. From an inquisitive grom who insisted on watching shapers make his boards to working with top-tier pros across generations, Rusty’s practice continues to evolve. In the short above, Rusty breaks down his shaping philosophy and the impetus behind his unrelenting devotion to the craft. To read “The Big Man” in full, pick up a copy of our new issue here.

Video by Kevin Voegtlin.