Davo once had a factory in the next building over from our t-shirt factory. He had an old Chevy truck, '49-'52. He come to me one day and said, "The landlord says I gotta get rid of the truck or he's gonna tow it. It doesn't run. The motor's froze up. Needs brakes, You wanna buy it?".
I really didn't need to buy anything much less an old truck but I went out to look at it. "What do you want for it?"
"A hundred bucks".
I was walking around the truck and had my secret hundred out of my wallet before I got to the tailgate and before he changed his mind.
"Oh, and I don't have the title", he said.
Being an old hot rodder I said, "No problem. I'll just get an 'Alabama' title".
We put a '79 Camaro subframe with a 350 small block and the Camaro rear. Titled it as a '79 Chevrolet 2 door and drove that thing 'til it rusted away. A cop in one little beach town that will remain nameless didn't like the way I had it titled and was always threatening to confiscate it. "Go ahead", I'd say but they always let me off with a warning.
Gonna miss Davo.
I'm looking at that shaping room. That's the one he built after he moved from the one in Indian Harbour at the mini storage. He came by one day and said, "Hey. I'm moving over to Melbourne .. do you want my shaping room?" It was super nice and I said without hesitation, "Yea." So a couple years later I was moving to AZ and I went over to Mike Daniels and said, "You want my shaping room." Without hesitation he said, "Yea." MD is still in that room 7-8 years later.
I was in that room last night as you were writing. I was looking at the tropical flower pattern carpet that Davo (as the story goes) pulled out of some hotel. The template rack that he made that's still on the wall. I'm hoping his spirit will come and visit soon. Knowing Davo, it'll probably come in the form of a practical joke. He'll reverse the polarity on my vac system or something like that.....
From what has been written here I have gotten some idea of who Dave was. The show that he is missed and that speaks a lot for the man. my condolences to those the loved him. Aloha
According to Mikki Dora Malibu went to the Dogs in 1964. The Chumash Indians will tell you it was 1664.
Always thought the carpet was the coolest thing. You remember the step van that he Hawaiinized? He used to take Rose to school in it and she'd make him drop her off a couple blocks away ... too embarrassed to be seen in such a vehicle.
An email from Mike "Nemo" Nemnich ... Our resident artist at Fox, Natural Art, Ocean Ave, MTB, etc.
Mr. Happy Feet has moved on, David “Davo” Dedrick. Anyone that had the pleasure to work with or be around this wonderful person was lucky indeed. He would always make you smile with his humor and practical jokes. You never knew what to expect when you came into the surfboard factory. It could be a board you were working on transformed into a whimsical statue of tape and assorted items from your work area, or could be Davo would roll a paint roller without the roller down the other side of the door while you were in there and whatever you do check your rear of your car for centerfolds or funny messages on tape before you leave to go home.
Davo loved to dance, but most all Davo was a good father and loved his children very much
I will miss you Davo………….
He tagged the rear of my truck more times than I could count. After the first few, you learned to check. But then he'd leave you alone for a while. He always timed it out about right, so that when you got tired of checking he'd get you.
Sorry to hear about the loss of your friend guys. I didn't know him, but he sounded like a great guy.
I thought that shaping bay looked familiar.
To rooster, ozzy, artz, and foamball: Thanks for understanding.
Davo was the kind of guy any swaylocker would love. He was an early adapter of RR epoxy, had thousands of sides under his belt before 1990. He built everything from carbon fiber/d-cell fins (in the 80s, no less) to beautiful sailboats to race powercats, and of course had a hand in many, many thousands of surfboards. If you had a Rainbow back in the day, Davo glassed it.
Or Natural Art before that.