WHEN BOARDS WERE MADE OF WOOD
AND MEN WERE MADE OF IRON

JOHN MILIUS, 1978

History

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.

Timeline

the history of Malibu board shorts




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.

  • A day will come that is like no other and
    nothing that happens after will ever be the same

    Big Wednesday, 1978

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