Remember the rules for the Hotseat Threads: You ask the questions. The guest answers them. No exceptions. And mind your manners. In this format Mr. Loehr is our guest. (And shapers who might be asked to join us in the hotseat in the furture are watching. Don't scare them away.)
Bio: Home town, Cocoa Beach, FL now living in Tucson, AZ. Built my first surfboard in 7th grade shop class at 12 years old in 1964.
Became involved with Swaylocks about 15 years ago at the invitation of Jim Phillips. Back then it was all pro builders.
Jr. member of the Dewey Weber surf team in the 1960's, surfing and traveling with Mike Tabeling, Dewey Weber, Nat Young and Harold Iggy. Sebastian Inlet early days were unbelievable. Built garage boards with Tabeling and my good high school buddy Scott Busbey today of Natural Art Hatteras. Traveled with Gary Propper and Hobie surf team in 1971, East Coast and CA. Had a model built by Hobie, Greg Loehr Seaboard shaped by Terry Martin and Mickey Munoz. Got my first mag photo's published, Larry Pope photos. Placed second behind Charley Baldwin in the East Coast Championships. Dyno surf team 1972, traveled with David Nuuhiwa, Corky Carroll, Charlie Baldwin, Mike Armstrong, Kem McNair. Represented the US in the 72 World Contest in San Diego.
1969, worked for Morgan Yacht on the line. First experience in production composite manufacturing. 17 years old.
Lived in Cape Hatteras for most of a year doing odd jobs (garbage man for the park service and dish washer extraordinaire) and building a few boards. 1973 Catri surf team, Traveled with Catri, East Coast, CA and Hawaii. Started board building professionally at the Catri Factory with Johnny Rice, Larry Pope, Tommy Maus, Richard Price and Fred Grosskrietz. Surfed my first winter on the North Shore and was invited to the Duke Classic. My first heat was both Aikau brothers, Barry Kanaiapuni, Ben Aipa and a very young Shaun Tomson. Shaun and I got schooled. Roommates with Rick Razmussen, lots of good surf days. Built boards with Michael Peterson that winter, MP shaped, I glassed. Also glassed for Reno Abellira, Barry Kanaiapuni and Owl Chapman. Rode some awesome boards shaped by Owl too.
Took over shaping at Natural Art 1974 from Pete Dooley who became a very savvy business manager. He promoted NA to the largest surfboard company in the history of the East Coast. Won the East Coast Surfing Championships in 1974 and the IPS Lacanau Pro in 1978 while with NA. Shaped there until 1980.
Shaped at Ocean Avenue and for their incredible surf team through the 80's, Matt Kechele, Jeff Klugel, Jacky Grayson, Tim Briers, Bill Hartley, Lewis Graves and many more. We won every team event for 10 years and consistently had 10 of the top 12 ranked surfers in the fledgling APS Pro Tour. Development of the first thinner, narrower, concave three fins started there with Bill Hartley and Mike Notary in about 1985.
Shaped at Fox Surfboards and started development of epoxy resins for surf and windsurf boards in 1981. Opened Resin Research Inc. in 1982.
Windsurfed through most of the 80's winning some events including the Sundek Pro. With Ed Angulo and Randy French ran the Aruba Hi Winds, a Professional Windsurfing Association tour event for three years.
Have shaped over 35,000 surfboards. Glassed thousands, glossed, sanded, as well.
Was inducted into the East Coast Surfing Hall of Fame in 2000.
Built my own board brand, Loehr Design, till 2002. Retired.
Moved to AZ to concentrate on Resin Research in late 2002. The Clark Foam closure of in December of 2005 changed the business forever, made us a production OEM supplier. And then just when we thought we were busy SUP happened. OMG! Our business exports to 15 countries along with our 12 US distributors. We have manufacturing facilities in Tucson, Arizona, Guangdong, China and Melbourne, Florida. Today we offer 48 different resin formulations and 11 hardeners. From our start in the board industry we've branched out into numerous other industries but I'll always remember my roots which brings me back to Swaylocks.
OK, boys, ask away.