I know this should be posted in the "In memoriam" section, however AB's contribution to shaping makes acknowledgement of his passing worthy of mentioning here.
Very sad to hear.
Fiberglass Hawaii Inc.
"Providing Fine Fiberglass Materials Since 1966"
Such a great talent, his boards something out of this world.
Rest in peace AB.
Sad to hear, He will be missed..
a true craftsman i can still remember sanding his chanel bottoms and the fins were all glass ons in those days wow much much respect for this man also his surfing was alltime on one accasion we were surfing the tweed bar 6 to 8 foot easy just me and him and one other friend lets just say i was shitting bricks but had bretent i wasnt because i was with AB who was playing around like it was 3 foot we were scrambling to get over the sets youd see him swinging around taking off incredable, those three years of working with him in the early 90s was something i will never forget what a wealth of knowledge he had and shared with anybody can not say enough good things about him ,he was always up for a chat on one accasion i even saw him talking to a kneeboarder that just what he was like, always be in awe of him ,my eyes are starting to welt with tears writting this RIP AB my thoughts are with his family miss you very much cheers ra
I shaped lots of those six-channeled boards.
Always gave him credit for the design.
Everyone who shapes should do one.
Better yet, shape, glass and sand one.
RA, I feel ya on those glass-ons, did lots of those too.
Surfboards made by hand. Not machine.
I consider myself lucky to have shared a factory with a Roger Firehock for close to 6 years, a man of the same vintage as Al.
Allan was a hero of mine long before I had ever meet him.
I don't really get owe struck from people. But, Every time Al came over to our factory for a chat, It was like a god walked in.
One day while Al was at our factory talking foil with Legend shaper Geff Darby, he said to me, "Hey i've got these guns shaped up for Hawaii pop over and I'll show you how thin you need to go in the tail" I was really taken back, like "yeah, yeah, for sure".... But why I thought to myself, He didn't have to?. Just a selfless beautiful human.
The respect I have for Allan is un paralleled and i'm proud to have known the man, the Legend.
Thank Allan, You will never be forgotten.
At G-Land you could always tell when someone was on one of his 6 channel shooters as the rider was going noticeably faster then those who weren't.
RIP, may your family find comfort in the fullness of the life you lived...