Hap Jacobs was born in Los Angeles, CA and moved to Hermosa Beach in the fourth grade. Though reluctant to part with his city friends, he grew to love the beach. Growing up on The Strand at 30th Street in Hermosa Beach, Jacobs picked up riding canvas surf mats filled with air. His first job at age 15 was at a surf rental shop called California Surfrider, located near the pier. His duties included inflating surf mats for customers in the morning, then riding them himself in the afternoon.
We were very fortunate to talk to Hap. Not only is he a very talented shaper, he was also partners with Dale Velzy. As Velzy had passed away prior to our filming. We loved painting his picture with the people who knew him best. Here is the first installment from his original interview.