Bing Copeland goes way back. He began surfing in 1949, at age 13, at the Manhattan Beach pier with his friend Greg Noll, and was involved in many of the big developments in surfboard design throughout the 60s and 70s. He's a man who's been there, done it and knows all there is to know about making surfboards. These days Bing plays more of an advisory role, leaving the manufacturing to a passionate and highly skilled team headed by Matt Calvani - without doubt one of the world's finest shapers right now.
Based in Encinitas, CA., Bing Surfboards are the bench-mark for quality. Before joining Bing, head shaper Calvani made state of the art shortboards with Dennis Jarvis of Spyder inbetween spells working alongside Hap Jacobs and Becker. So it's no surprise that the short and mid-range boards that have recently been added to the Bing range are of the same elite class as the longboards they're more traditionally known for.
Calvani's obsession with making the finest surfboards possible is evident in every aspect of a Bing Surfboard - from the flawless shape to the beautiful spray jobs right through to their impeccable finishing. Bing surfboards are as close to perfect as you can get!
Feedback from the likes of Chris Del Moro, Dave 'Rasta' Rastovitch and West Cornwall patriot James Parry helps Calvani stay right at the cutting edge, constantly evolving and extending his range to accommodate new concepts and ideas.
On his approach to making boards, Matt Calvani offers the following:
"My thinking behind most designs is based on what advantages you'll gain in various conditions. I see trends come and go and not all of them are functional. If I don't see an advantage to a trend, then it's not really advancing surfing or board design. I love to look at the past and find out what they were thinking and the theory behind their board design to find out what was valid and functional. Some just need a little modern tweaking. The magic board will be an ever evolving process that keeps my job exciting."
And some more general advice:
"Don’t be scared to be who you want to be as a surfer. Don’t let others push you in a direction that you don’t want to go in. Really go with what you believe in. Go with what in your heart you feel is right. You’ll be happy."