|Raised in the Long Beach and L. A. area, Dick Brewer came from two generations of engineers. Blessed with the brainpower, skill and aptitude it takes to be a successful designer he would have been successful at any profession he chose. He chose surfing. Life and a deep sense of adventure took him to Hawaii and in 1959 Dick began on a journey that he would continue for the rest of his life. He founded Surfboards Hawaii in Hawaii in 1961 and never looked back.
Dick Brewer's love affair with surfing began in 1952, and he got his first surfboard in 1953, a 9'0" balsa Woody Brown template that they called a "Double Ender." He rode this board for years in all kinds of conditions, including waves up to 15 feet. Dick couldn't get enough of the beach and the lifestyle associated with the surfing culture so after high school he attended Long Beach State to work towards an engineering degree, earning an income working as a tool and die maker for his Dad's Tool and Die Company, Keith Black Racing Engines, and North American Aviation.