As the smaller waves of summer linger on the horizon, we’ve got longer boards on the mind. One of the most well-known longboards in the industry is Bing Surfboards, and we are stoked to bringing them into our boardroom for the first time!
Bing Surfboards was founded by Bing Copeland, who began surfing in 1949 in Manhattan Beach, California. He honed in on his surfing skills in California, until after graduating from Mira Costa High School in 1954. With a few friends, he then went to Hawaii and began surfing bigger waves on the North Shore of Oahu.
In 1959, Bing opened his flagship store front with friend Rick Stoner, in Encinitas, CA. Bing Surfboards quickly became one of the biggest manufacturers for surfboards in the 1960s and 70s, hand-shaping up to 40 boards a day.
Bing Surfboards was passed through several changes over the decades, until Winter of 2000, when Bing was in Baja, Mexico on a surf trip. He was approached by Matt Calvani, who offered to make his boards for him. Calvani went on to become the next generation of Bing Surfboard shapers, keeping the 60 year tradition alive today.
Scroll to the bottom of the page for a 3-part series diving into the full history of Bing surfboards, “This is Bing”.
With all of the history and craftsmanship behind this brand, we are stoked to now offer several shapes from Bing Surfboards in our boardroom. We have full access to the Bing lineup, so you name it we can get. But to start, we decided to bring in the following models:
First up, the Beacon. The Beacon is made for the person looking to consistently get to the nose of the board with confidence. The design of this board inspires early take-offs, and fluid surfing. A mellow entry rocker helps with this while increasing the overall stability to help you get that extended nose time.
The mid-section of the Beacon is wider than most other Bing models as well, helping to keep it steady through the section and giving plenty of room for cross stepping and moseying your way to the tip.
A nice blend of concave, 50/50 rails, and a decently pulled in squash tail keeps the Beacon maneuverable from rail to rail, and helps you set up quicker for a walk to the nose.
Overall - the beacon is the model we are most stoked on - as we feel that it suits New England style waves the best and will help you get the most out of your rides.
BING SILVER SPOON
Up next, the Silver Spoon. The Silver Spoon is a super versatile noserider. It has a deep blended concave to add lift and enhance nose riding, also helping to maintain speed and glide. The Silver Spoon also has a thinner tail for better turns, good hold, and trimming.
Glassed a bit heavy with 6+6+4 oc deck patch on the deck and 8oz on the bottom. This gives the Silver Spoon that traditional longboard weight, making it a smooth paddler through the water even on windy/shoppy days.
The Silver Spoon has been one of Bing’s best selling models, due to its functional nose riding, and its pulled-in middle that make it great for drawn-out turns. This is an excellent all-around board, for surfers of all levels.
Because of the all around nature of the board, it can work in a wide variety of waves. From points, reefs, and beach break - you will feel confident on the Silver Spoon.
Finally, we are stoked to bring in one of the newest models from Bing, The Continental - a board designed by longboard style master Mick Rodgers and Matt Calvani. It’s designed to be the “ultimate noserider”, that locks in with plenty of lift for the average surfer to get some insane nose rides.
The Continental has a wide parallel outline, a heavy dose of nose rocker, and a blended concave that extends all the way to the middle of the board. It’s made to have you perch on the nose, and set it at cruise control. Pinched rails help keep the board locked in the whole way down the line.
Another unique feature of the board is the exaggerated tail rocker - which is a feature that increases the ability to turn the board from the tail. We’ve seen a similar design feature in other board models, and have received tons of positive feedback from customers who are surprised they can turn with such ease (despite the board having such a wide tail block).