Herbie began surfing at the age of 10. Thirty-six years
later, he's still surfing hard at Pipeline or some remote
island. His high energy and exuberance for adventure
have spilled over into his business success. As owner
of Astrodeck (and several surfing and snowboard clothing
line), he has afforded surfers the "firm foothold"
to perform extreme acrobatic maneuvers.
When he was only a teen, he gave chase to some of the
most, respected names in surfing, particularly David
Nuuhiwa. Herbie fulfilled his fantasy of moving to Hawaii
when he was 15. The kid rode BIG wave...so well that
Hobie Alter and Bruce Brown paid him to surf and then
appear at local malls to talk about it. In 1966, still
just 17, he placed 7th in the World Championships. During
the introduction of shortboards, Herbie's shaping talents
had a lot to do with design elements still in use today
(like down rails). Herbie saw his first jet ski in 1975
and figured it was just a motorized surfboard...excelling
at challenging big waves even when Wiamea closed out.
His sons, Christian and Nathan, are both champion surfers.
Herbie's philosophy on life is simple, "Don't stop.
Don't look back." With the exception, he still
loves coming back to Huntington to shoot the pier.