All these guys here don't even seem to realize how good Bruce really was. He was it in his time. An era is starting to pass away and really nobody seems to notice nor care. There was a time in my life when I wholeheartedly knew he was the best shaper on the planet; that's how good he was.
Howzit Ghetto, Bruce and I grew up in the same city but we never crossed paths which still amazes me, he must have moved at a young age. We met through Gary Ternagle who owned Plastic at the time and Bruce shaped for him. I really got to know him through Mike Kuntz so I always stopped by the shop when I was on the mainland and we would talk if he was there. I am waiting to hear what he died of and hopefully it was just his time or too much foam dust. Aloha,Kokua
i have a 10-6 bruce jones longboard... best longboard i ve ever rode.. it is totally free.. bruce was always available to share a e mail or a phone call about his board.... he was 1 of a few master shapers.... and what a work ethic huh, to shape all those boards over the years.... just not human to physically be able to do that..... RIP MAESTRO .....
Just talked to him on the phone last month about planer stuff. I have an Ole that I'm currently restoring (from BJ's time there) and it will now have a completely different meaning to me as I work on it. Bruce's shop was the same place as Ole's, and when you visited it was like hallowed ground because of so much history and a PCH landmark. The hard realization for me these past couple of years is that guys like BJ are here one minute and not the next. BJ and others we recently lost were treasures of our art, guys we've honored and looked up to, and there's so few left. Respect those still with us (regardless of how their personality strikes you) and don't wait until a paddle out to let them know you care.
condolences to his family and friends especially my new shaper local Peter Poppler and his sister Jerrico
"ain't no big ting brudda"
I had the priviledge of sailing one of his windsurf boards and really special it was, both technically and artistically. The board would glide in no wind, people would stare from the shore in awe while waiting for hopefully the wind to pick up. The construction was something you don't see anymore, beautiful mix of art and constructon, strong and flawless. It takes someone talented, intelligent and dedicated to produce such jewel. I will always remeber him as when I think of those days and the smile he put on my face I can still see his logo on the nose of the board while having a bliss.
I was told by Rick Paul that he had been visiting with Bruce the day before and he was into a board he was shaping. RP said the next day he had a "heart event while in his silkscreen room".
Another heart attack outta the blue like Tom Sims.
Maybe check into low dose aspirin, I ain't ready to go yet, not by a long shot.
The quality of craftsmanship in Bruce's boards reflected who he was. He had great integrity. Something about the lines of his boards always just made sense to me, they were so damn clean and functional. Had a board from Bruce damaged in a shipment to Seattle, just a little rail ding. Bruce's first response was to offer to shape me a whole new board (just repaired it instead, but I was coincidentally mentioning that to someone last week in a discussion about integrity - before finding out about his heart attack).
A quiet master gone.
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What the hell is this, the9gag.com shit. This is a conversation tread about a great surfboard shaper that has earned great respect among the surfboard manufacturing community, who has passed away. Not for advertizing some idiotic website. Your a [email protected]#king kook!
Mitch (Wavecraft Custom Surfboards)