Rusty Surfboards (click for more pics)

Rusty is born on June 13, 1953 and spends the first 12 years of his life in inland San Diego. Rusty moves to La Jolla in 1966 and discovers surfing while body surfing at the Shores Beach. He then walks to a little spot called Blacks, not too far from his home. It becomes his and a few select others’ favorite spot. Rusty shapes his first board that winter of 1969. October 1971, Rusty meets a young Australian pro named Peter Townend. He’s inspired to create his first label for his shapes. He decides on Starlight Surfboards. His work is influenced by Dick Brewer, Mike Diffenderfer and especially Endless Summer co-star Mike Hynson. Rusty incorporates tee-shirts into his new business in 1986 and they sell like hotcakes along with his already acclaimed surfboards. Rusty apparel is introduced in 1987 at the January Surf Expo and the R-dot quickly becomes a well-known logo in the surf world.
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