Bruce was there at Hobie's, during the golden age of the mid 1960's,
when the best shaping talent in surfing history was gathered in
one place: Phil Edwards, Dale Velzy, Terry Martin, John Gray and
Ralph Parker, among others. Starting in the glueing department,
Bruce worked his way into rough shaping and then into the actual
shaping room and lost no time in getting help from everyone involved.
In the mid to late 60's, Bruce moved to Huntington Beach, where
he shaped for Vardeman Surfboards, doing all the Jackie Baxter
Models, which to this day are considered rare collector's items,
being the first board on the west coast to combine the low tail
rails of the Hawaiian Gun (for speed), with a refined longboard
outline and eventually a turned down, flat-bottom nose for superb
nose riding (influenced by the famous Morey/Pope John Peck Penetrator
At night, Bruce would shape for Gordie Surfboards. Gordie (Gordon
Duane) had a reputation for being a superb craftsman but very
hard to get along with. Bruce put up with him and learned some
of Gordie's shaping techniques and most of all his dedication
to perfection through using these techniques. Bruce did a short
stint with Dick Brewer in '69, ghost shaping for him on Maui.
He then went on to shape for Russell Surfboards, Newport Beach,
and then Ole Surfboards in Sunset Beach, from where he launched
his own business.