Rusty Preisendorfer

Written by Ken Lewis

San Diego is home to some of the greatest surfboard shapers the world has ever seen. Craftsman since the 1950s have blazed the trail of design but one man in particular has seperated himself from all the others.

Rusty Preisendorfer has achieved more accolades and success than almost any other shaper, but instead of retiring or resting on his laurels, he continues to design and shape daily for pros and average-joes alike.

The passion he has for his craft is evident in this in-depth conversation with Bird and Ken. In todays Birds Word Podcast, we discuss his shaping career, his influences, his perspective on design and what he believes is the most important aspect of surfing.

About the author


Ken Lewis

Surf / Snow / Skate industry veteran. Knows his shit.