Dave C Reynolds is a surfer and surf artist who lives in Huntington Beach, California. He has a real passion for surfing, surf art and craftsmanship. Dave rode his first wave in 1976 and is still surfing now. Since 1988, he developed the skills to handcraft and sculpt some of the world's best surf & SUP awards and trophies.
1. How did you start surfing and what did you expect of surfing when you first stood up?
In the early 70s I started surfing at a spot called Crabs in Seal Beach, California. I didn’t know any surfers to help me get started. I got $17 from my Dad to buy a garage sale surfboard. I made a leash from a piece of rope and a piece of my sister’s belt. I dripped wax from a candle onto the deck.
I knew nothing of surf wax or where a surf shop was to buy some. Me and my buddy Mark Gifford tried over and over until we got it. I still remember that first wave that I rode open face on. I was blown away by how smooth it felt. When the ride was over I just fell over. I’ve never kicked out on a wave before. We called ourselves the “Seal Beach Jetty Jammers.”
Eventually we started venturing into Huntington Beach (HB). To us the HB Pier was like going to the North Shore. Huge waves! You can’t even touch the bottom! I still get a little scared at times. Little did I know then that surfing would end up being a huge part of my life.
2. When did you start making surf trophies?
In the mid 80s, I started making miniature surfboards. I then had the idea to mount them in shadow boxes with 80s type graphics. I thought that they might make cool art or surf trophies.
An office for the world surf tour (then the ASP) just happened to be in Huntington Beach. I called from a payphone and made an appointment. Later that week I met with an ASP gal named Meg Bernardo. She really dug what I was doing. She showed my ideas to the higher ups.
Get this! I got the job to make the trophies for the 1988 ASP World Tour banquet in Hawaii! This was my first trophy job and I started at the top! I booked a flight, and 6 weeks later, I was off to O'ahu for the first time. The banquet was at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel. It was incredible.
All the world’s top surfers past and present all in one place to award the 1988 World Champion with my trophies.
Now, I design and build surf trophies and awards for contests and companies all over the world. Since that first job I’ve made more surf trophies than anyone on the planet, I believe.