models became the industry standard and Surfboard by Jacobs turned
out some of the most famous models, including the New Shape, Mike
Purpus Model, Panasea, 422, Streak, and the Lance Carson Model.
With the help of a top-notch sales team made up of surfers including
Henry Ford, Robert August, Tim Kelly, Jim Graham, Mike O’neill,
Lance Carson, and Richard Crawford, Surfboards by Jacobs was incredibly
successful and experiencing peak popularity.
With this change in surfboard design, Jacobs decided to move on.
In 1971, he sold his shop to Grant Reynolds, purchased a 40-foot
swordfishing boat and kept it at Redondo Beach King Harbor. This
particular boat was built for harpooning swordfish, which accounted
for the 30-foot plank that extended from its bow. The boat was the
first of its kind to be seen at King Harbor,and the owner of the
nearby waterfront restaurant asked Jacobs if he had intended to
go into the window cleaning business with that long plank attached
to his boat. Little did he know that Jacobs was about to embark
on a lucrative career in swordfishing for the next 15 years. Many
other surfboard shapers, faced with the same challenges of a rapidly
changing industry, also followed suit. Dewey Weber also went into
the swordfishing business, Greg Noll went into the crab-fishing
business, and Renny Yater went into the lobster-fishing business.
The fishing industry, much like the surfboard industry, had its
fair share of comical highlights. One day, Jacobs and his friend
Doug Moore decided to play a big prank on their competitor, Dewey
Weber. They cut the fins off a swordfish and attached them to a
wood board. They stowed the board on their boat until they saw Weber’s
boat not too far behind them. Then quickly dropped their decoy fish
made of wood into the water and took off. A few minutes later, Weber
appeared on his boat heading straight for the decoy fish. Soon he
knew the board was a hoax, and the “board-fish” prank
Jacobs furthered his fishing career by purchasing a fuel dock at
King Harbor. Next, he bought a second boat and was fishing most
of the week and returning on weekends. This continued through most
of the late ’70s and into the ’80s until swordfish became
scarce. As a result, Jacobs took advantage of this down-time to
travel, ski and fly fish with his wife and two sons, Kent and Dean.