1990, an old friend and team rider called Jacobs and invited him
to a longboard surf contest in Oceanside and insisted that Jacobs
start dabbling in shaping again and gave him an old planer case
and a bucket of parts. Jacobs reassembled the planer and after twenty
years, started to shape again. The planer, as it turns out, had
the name “Ben” engraved on it. Years later, Ben Aipa
would show up at Jacobs’ shaping bay and notice the planer.
It turned out that the planer belonged to Aipa, and he was happy
to see it in good hands.
At first, Jacobs wasn’t sure if there would be any demand
for his boards, but he called up Gordon “Grubby” Clark
and asked to buy a few blanks. At the time, Clark was the only one
making blanks, when an old friend by the name of Harold Walker phoned
and said that he’d heard that Jacobs had started shaping again.
Walker took a close look at the Clark blanks lying in the Jacobs
shaping room and decided it was time for him to go back into business
as well. Jacobs set up shop at Shoreline Glassing in Hermosa Beach,
which was Grant Reynold’s old facility. At the time, there
was a young sander working at Shoreline by the name of Tyler Hatzkikian.
The two became good friends, and Jacobs even made a Jacobs Tyler
Soon Jacobs also hired a young shaper, Matt Calvani, to help him
rough out surfboards. As demand grew, Jacobs started teaching Calvani
more and more about shaping to the point where Calvani would shape
several Jacobs surfboards on his own. Following his original model
for success, Jacobs rallied some of his old team riders, added some
new ones, and with a combination of an old and a new customer base,
Hap picked up right where he left off.