The QuiverCast - A Surfing Podcast

Davey Smith

January 02, 2024 Mike Steele
The QuiverCast - A Surfing Podcast
Davey Smith
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Show Notes

In today's episode, we catch up with the trailblazer of aerial surfing and early IPS pro, Davey Smith @davey_smith_bluestone.

Growing up amidst the allure of right-point breaks, Davey found himself in a unique position as a goofy foot. Always on the lookout for that elusive left in a land dominated by rights, Davey's journey in the world of surfing is nothing short of inspiring. As one of the original Channel Island team riders, he forged a lifelong bond with legendary shaper Al Merrick from day one.

In our conversation, Davey shares the story of how his passion for skating influenced his approach to surfing, giving birth to "The Air." This innovative style became a hallmark of his surfing career and left an indelible mark on the sport.

After his illustrious pro career, Davey transitioned seamlessly into nurturing the next generation of surfers. He ran a surf school of the stars in the picturesque setting of Santa Barbara, imparting his wisdom to those eager to ride the waves. But Davey's journey didn't stop there; he took his expertise to the shaping room, becoming a key figure in Channel Islands Surfboards.

Today, surf enthusiasts have the opportunity to ride their own custom Glider shaped by the hands of the surfing maestro himself, Davey Smith. Join us as we dive into the highs and lows of Davey's remarkable journey, exploring the evolution of aerial surfing, his close ties with Al Merrick, and the legacy he continues to shape in the world of surfboard design. And did he lose his boardshorts in his Pipeline Masters heat with 10,000 people on the beach? Find Out!
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