WHEN BOARDS WERE MADE OF WOOD
AND MEN WERE MADE OF IRON
JOHN MILIUS, 1978
In 1977 John Milius developed the Bear surfboard brand for the movie Big Wednesday, one of the all time cinematic classics, focusing on the Malibu surf scene of the 60's and early 70's, a time when "boards were made of wood and men were made of iron".
The first Bear surfboards were made by legendary Kauai shaper Billy Hamilton. In 1980 another legend joined the team when Randy Rarrick from Oahu's North Shore began shaping Bear Boards. The quality of Randy and Billy's boards quickly earned Bear a reputation for excellence. That reputation continues today, with Bear excellent clothing and boards shaped by some of the finest craftsmen in the surfing world. The bear is still growling, the legend continues.
John Frederick Milius is an American screenwriter, director and producer. In 1978 he directed and co-wrote the autobiographical surfing picture Big Wednesday. John developed the Bear surfboards brand for the movie, focusing on the Malibu surf scene of the 60's and early 70's.
Big Wednesday is a 1978 American cult film directed by John Milius that co-wrote the movie with Dennis Aaberg based on their own experiences at Malibu. The picture stars Jan Michael Vincent, William Katt and Gary Busey as California surfers facing life and the Vietnam War against the backdrop of their love for surfing.
Today, based in Milan, we still carry on the unique and legendary values born over 35 years ago with Big wednesday. Our main goal is to maintain the leadership that always distinguishes the brand, keeping innovate with the rules of tomorrow and the original spirit of the 70's. The legend continues.
The Malibu is a timeless icon for surfers from all over the world. Its unique and essential style has become an hallmark of the golden age of surfing.
Everything started with Big Wednesday, where the classic version with the two lateral bands was worn by Matt Johnson: the most controversial, talented and rebellious character of the movie. The surfers of the time needed to be light and agile to surf big waves with their heavy wooden longboards.