Bing Copeland played a major role in helping surfing and the surfboard industry to become what they are today. At 13, he became fascinated while helping out at pioneer surfboard maker Dale Velzy's workshop in Manhattan Beach. He spent the mid-50's in the Coast Guard stationed in Hawaii and surfed the big waves of Oahu's North Shore and Makaha. In 1958 he sailed across the Pacific and introduced modern surfboards to New Zealand. By 1960, back in Southern California, he was making surfboards commercially and his company became one of the longest-running and most progressive in the surfing world. This is the story of Bing Copeland, the business he built, the colorful cast of craftsman he employed, and the visionary surfboards they made and continue to make even now.