In 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 Hatizkian Model.

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.


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