While locals know Robert August's warm smile and easy-going
demeanor, the world knows him as the young man who followed
the sun and surf in the original Endless Summer film.
As part of that fame he boasts putting 35,000 miles
on a single surfboard. That's a tough record for even
the hot up and coming pros. Robert began surfing around
5 or 6, influenced by another surfing legend his father,
Blackie August. His mother, Partricia, also enjoyed
surfing. Like most locals, Robert was a top contender
in innumerable California contests, including the first
Duke Kahanamoku Classic and West Coast Championships.
Robert warmed up to the industry side of surfing, first
as a salesman for Jacobs, then shaping for numerous
well known board makers. Ultimately he started his own
line and still shapes boards for special clients. Robert
a, the goofy foot still takes to the water regularly,
especially when he is in his own personal surf heaven
-- Costa Rica. And in the August family tradition, sons
Byron and Sam surf...when they're not playing professional
Courtesy of Bruce Brown Films
PHOTO: Robert August at International Surfing Museum
in Huntington Beach which he always supports.