We were fortunate to interview Terry Martin for our film BoardRoom – Legends of Surfboard Shaping. Terry shaped for Hobie Surfboards for over 40 years and was one of the most respected shapers ever. We interviewed over 40 of the top shapers in the industry and each of them talked about Terri with pure admiration.
When I first met Terry I wasn’t sure what to expect. Who was this board building machine? It didn’t take long for me to realize what everybody saw in Terry Martin. He was a man with passion for his craft, a true rarity in today’s world.
We spent all morning going through the Hobie shop with Terry as he showed us his tools and his approach to board building. He would grab some handmade tool off of his shelf and tell the story of why he created it and how it was used. His eyes would light up as he relayed the tale. After our interview he took us back to his home. He introduced us to his wife as we looked at his old photo albums. We talked story in his garage and snacked on fruits from his trees in the yard. Terry was a joy to be around but it was over the next two years that I really got to know him.
While editing Boardroom, I had to go over his interview with a fine tooth comb. Terry was our principle for telling Hobie’s story. I spent days if not weeks replaying and listening to Terry tell his story. His passion and dedication to his craft should be an inspiration to us all. I was fortunate to have met Terry for the day but I was even more fortunate to have him in front of me for the past few years while editing this film.
– Rob Jax
Executive Producer / Cinematographer / Editor, BoardRoom – Legends of Surfboard Shaping