Here is the final segment of our interview with Bing Copelamd.
Bing Copeland influenced surfing in many ways and worked with some of best-known surfers of the time. Names like Donald Takayama and David Nuuhiwa were included on the list of famous Bing team riders; Takayama is also a very talented shaper and introduced the Bing Donald Takayama Model. He also helped develop two extremely popular Bing models bearing the Nuuhiwa name–the “Noserider” and the “Lightweight”–of which an estimated 10,000 units were sold between 1965 and 1967. In 1967, surfboard designer Dick Brewer shaped the Bing Pipeliner, a model that Brewer still shapes today. In 1973, Bing produced a trademarked Bonzer model, a design introduced a year earlier and one of the first to use three fins–now a standard on all performance shortboards.
By 1974, Bing licensed his popular name and moved his family to Idaho, where he lives at least half of each year. He spends winters in Baja, where he still surfs 3 or 4 days a week. Bing Copeland has been extremely gracious about sharing both his insights and his adventures during the greatest days the sport has ever known. Today, talented surfboard shaper Matt Calvani and well-known ’60s surfer Lance Carson have teamed up to make Bing surfboards and clothing available once again.
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