Looking for all info on Austin Baird. He shaped out of Sunset Beach, California in the early 60's this is all I know. Please help. http://www.reason4productions.com/baird/
I don't know of that label... the hyphenation of the name suggests that perhaps Austin and Baird were two people operating as partners?
Bo Baird, AKA Baird of Austin-Baird writes:
My son, Austin Baird, found your site and some postings regarding
Austin-Baird Surfboards. As I was the "Baird" in Austin-Baird, I can tell
you a little about our boards. Bob and I were in the same surf club--West
Shore Surfers in Long Beach, CA. Walt and Nancy Katin (Kanvas by Katin Surf
Trunks) were our clubs sponsors. Both Bob and I made our first surfboards
and lived just two blocks from each other. Walt & Nancy had a small shop
for rent on the side of their building and when Bob and I heard the rent was
only $50 a month, we started Austin-Baird Surfboards. That was September,
1963. I bought out Bob's share of the shop about a year later as he
returned to college. He is now retired from the US State Department and
living in Virginia.
I kept the Austin-Baird name and even named my son after my old partner. In
January, 1966, I was drafted into the US Army and spent two years at Ft.
Carson, Colorado. The surf was not too good in Colorado so I took up
skiing. After the first year in the Army, I discovered that my shop manager
and bookkeeper were ripping me off. I came home on leave, had a "fire sale"
and closed the shop for good. I resolved never to be ripped off again and
started studying accounting and business. I am now a CPA, and Vice
President of a private professional college.
I just signed up for your site, but have not been able to explore it much.
If there is any information or photos you would like concerning Austin-Baird
Surfboards, please let me know.
AKA Baird of Austin-Baird