Bill Hamilton’s surfing career spans over five generations of surfing history.
Raised in the beaches of Southern California from 1948 to 1966. Hamilton’s’ genes were fashioned by the elements of the sun and the ocean. Moving to Hawaii permanently in 1967 Hamilton became a representative of Hawaiian surfing and was recognized by Duke Kahanamoku as one of his most favorite surfers in 1968.
He was also a favorite that year to Legend Mickey Dora and many of the elite in surfing. Hamilton would be voted in 1985 as one of the top 25 most influential surfers in history.
Hamilton’s trade mark style has been passed on from generation to the next as a benchmark and foundation, a Legend in his own time.
Moving from the North Shore of Oahu to the North Shore of Kauai in 1971, Hamilton’s ocean life would expand to diving, fishing and exploring the entrapped potential of extreme body surfing and surfing the ruggered Na Pali Coast. With both his sons Laird and Lyon in tow, a new exciting world would be shared. Today Hamilton still resides on his beloved Kauai’s North Shore, surfing with his yellow Labrador- Sava.
The current economic shift in world business is being slowly rebuilt and the market places of Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Hawaii, US Mainland and Europe will once again supply Hamilton Surfboards from the stand up surfboards to the sleek ultra modern hard wood guns of today.
There is no substitute for the forty five year Bill Hamilton has in the surf board shaping business and it is still a work in progress.
The Custom Surfboard is slowly becoming a thing of the past. Today’s technology has rapidly sped up the process from hours to minutes. However the individual variable of body structure, skill level, type of wave and many more personal demands can not be overlooked. Everyone has their own standard.
Hamilton’s experience has shown that surfboard shaping is very much like that of a tailor. He tries to fit the surfboard to the person and their place. Not any one piece can be called the same. Proof is in the pudding. That’s why its called custom.