ShowBird’s Word

Hosted by San Diego surfer and historian Eric “Bird” Huffman and his longtime friend Ken Lewis, Bird’s Word is a podcast dedicated to San Diego surf history.


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Rusty Preisendorfer

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...

Phil Castagnola

Phil Castagnola has been a friend of Bird since the day he was born. Growing up as the son of local legend and Select Surf Shop owner Big Phil Castagnola, “Little Phil” watched and learned but not everything was of benefit. Over the years, Phils...

Brad Gerlach

The 1980s ASP Pro Surf Tour was filled with many memorable characters to say the least, and Brad Gerlach was one of the best. His iconic style and brash in-your-face persona took him to the runner-up spot in the 1991 rankings. The next year he...


In this first episode we get to learn about Eric Huffman’s journey from his childhood to the present day where he owns and operates The iconic Birds Surf Shed Surf Shop in San Diego. After 50 years in the surf industry, Bird finally opens his own...

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