Bill Holden, a well-known surfboard shaper who helped mold the sport into what it is today, died recently from a heart attack. Holden was the creator of Holden Surfboards on Beach Boulevard in Huntington Beach and a very good friend of famous surfboard shaper Dale Velzy, among other surfing icons. He began shaping his first boards in 1955 and sold them for $55. His classics are now sold in the thousands. Holden held a lot of pride in the artistry and detail that went into creating each and every board. The Laguna Beach resident was such a force in the shaping world that he was the first inductee into the Surfboard Builders Hall of Fame back in 2000. It’s always sad to lose someone who has had such an influence on the sport of surfing, and in particular shaping, as we know it. Our best wishes go out to the Holden family
Posted by Shaun on Thursday, February 14th, 2008 in Surfing.