Gordon Guptill

Gordon Guptill is our lead shaping instructor.  He has been building surfboards for nearly 50 years and grew up surfing the foggy beach breaks and secluded reefs of SF and San Mateo counties.  Gordon was born and raised in a small house on the beach at Pedro Point.  He won his first surf contest at 12 years old at Linda Mar and shaped his first surfboard a few years later.  Gordon learned his craft at the Boat Docks in Pacifica under the instruction of Dick Keating and later, Ocean Beach legend Bill Hickey.  Growing up in the long board era and coming of age during the short board revolution Gordon has extensive first hand knowledge of surfboard design spanning both periods. Combining design elements from the classic era of board building with modern techniques, Gordon has a wealth of surf knowledge and local surf history and is one of Sunset Shapers greatest resources.