October 15, 2015
It’s installment five of our #BingCraftsman series and we are so proud to feature the incredibly talented Sam Cody. Sam is our in-house airbrusher and pin line master here at Bing Surfboards and is truly an artist. Steve Pezmen of Surfer’s Journal said “Sam Cody is of that small cadre of highly-specialized and skilled artisans that, over years of practice, have taken their particular segment of surfboard building to a master level, enjoying a considerable albeit underground reputation within the sub-cultural community in which they work.” In the early 60’s while living in the Ocean Beach area of San Diego Sam began refinishing his own boards to trade them in for new ones. Soon enough his skill and reputation grew and he was a full blown member of the industry doing color work for Olympic, Gordon & Smith, Channin, Evolution, and now Bing Surfboards. In 1980, Rusty Preisendorfer influenced Sam in the art of airbrushing and he never looked back. Sam’s reputation is known throughout the surfboard industry as one of the finest craftsmen in the field of precision color designs. We are so thankful here at Bing to have Sam under our roof and look forward to every bit of work that comes out of his bay. So here’s to you Sam Cody, #BingCraftsman. Thanks for all you do!
Photo: Stone Crandall
May 17, 2023
March 15, 2023
An Interview with Christian Marcher of Progressive Surf Academy
You’d be hard pressed to find someone more stoked on surfing than our friend and local ripper Christian Marcher. Big boards, small boards, soft tops, surf mats, hand planes, you name it and this guy rides them all at a very elite level. The best part about Christian is that he is always the nicest guy in the water and he pushes the boundaries of what you think is possible on a surfboard every time he paddles out.
With over 30 years of surfing experience, Christian has built Progressive Surf Academy into one of the most well-respected surf schools anywhere on the West Coast. He and his team use a very unique approach that dives deep into ocean safety, technique, and ethics in the lineup that you don’t see anywhere else. Christian delivers a premium surf experience for all ages and has been a part of the Bing family for a few years, so we sat down to chat and learn a bit more about the man and his love for the ocean.
March 03, 2023
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