THE STORY OF PLASTIC FANTASTIC SURFBOARDS
The history of Plastic Fantastic Surfboards from owner Robert Highsmith.
In 1968 Danny Calohan, Dave Garner, and Jack Ceritto created the most powerful starting line up of top surfers, shapers ,and glassers in the start of the shortboard revolution, in Huntington Beach, CA where they were featured in all the top surfing magazines, movies, and tours of surf shops across the country.
Top shapers Danny Calohan, Bruce Jones, Bill Fury, Dennis Choate, and Jim Turner to name a few. Plus top surfers, the world famous Jeff Hakman, Jock Suthweland, Gary Chapman, and many more. Before long, every top surf shop wanted to carry Plastic Fantastic boards and hop on the bandwagon.
Then it happened, some surf shops didn't pay for surfboards, ad costs ran up, labor costs went thru the roof, airline tickets around the country, bad checks coming in, girlfriends, and pressure from the taxman all pushed it over the top. Too much to handle for skilled surfers and craftsman, a little short on the business side.
Moving to 1972, I had a shop on Pacific Coast Highway - Surfcraft Hawaii and bought out the company. Took it over, cleaned up the loose ends, and continued to build PFS. I had Jim Waide, Terry Martin, Robert August, Bill Zurbrod, Corwin Reno, and a host of other up and coming surfers and shapers. Business was good! I kept a lot od surfboard shops in CA, TX, Gulf states, the whole eastern coast from Cape Cod in MA, all the way down to Florida, where we opened the surfboard warehouse in Jacksonville Beach. I remember new surfboards costed about $130 bucks for a hand crafted work of art by a skilled craftsman.
We had the main shop on PCH and was right in the heart of the HB circus of 14 surf shops on PCH and Main St. For years since then we keep making our surfboards and t- shirts for friends and customers, with the sudden resurgence of cool retro old school, time tested shapes and we are having a great time, thanks to you.
Now with our business page and group on Facebook @plasticfantasticsurfboards we feature countless photos, stories, and great old school memories of a great time years ago, and we are still continuing the saga as we make our boards on the west coast, gulf coast, and east coast factories for you. Average time is about 3 to 4 weeks and we always have t-shirts and stickers available!