Buzzy Trent model 1964 Pipeliner by Dick Brewer


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Rare Buzzy Trent Model foam series 1964 Pipeliner  #21/50 shaped by Dick Brewer. We also have serial #1, #6, and #10 of the balsa series available in addition to several other serial #s of the foam series. Prices of the foam/balsa series range from $9,000 – $17,000 (one of the foam series boards sold for $11,000 at a 2019 auction). 

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History of Dick Brewer and Buzzy Trent

Buzzy Trent “The Godfather”

Buzzy Trent,‭ ‬called by many “The Godfather of big-wave surfing”‭ ‬was undeniably a legend and a pioneer of his field.‭ ‬He was born on May‭ ‬13,‭ ‬1929,‭ ‬under‭ ‬“Goodwin Murray Trent Jr‭”‬ in San Diego,‭ ‬California. ‭ ‬His family was wealthy-‭ ‬his mother‭’‬s family owned Parkinson‭’‬s Ranch,‭ ‬where Palomar Junior College now remains and his father was an engineer for a mining company.‭ ‬They raised Buzzy in Santa Monica,‭ ‬where he bodysurfed and began his surfing adventure at age‭ ‬12‭ ‬in Malibu.‭ ‬He enjoyed surfing but wasn‭’‬t a keen beachgoer.‭ ‬Buzzy had a great time boxing and thought of turning into a bullfighter.‭ ‬A star football player in high school,‭ ‬he earned a scholarship to the University of Southern California.‭ ‬Unfortunately,‭ ‬he broke his leg in a game against Ohio State.‭ ‬After the injury healed,‭ ‬he returned to surfing and got a job as a lifeguard in L.A.‭ ‬County.‭ ‬In‭ ‬1950,‭ ‬after watching George Downing‭’‬s surf movies about surfing in Hawaii,‭ ‬he decided that he had to try it out himself.‭ ‬As a deckhand on a catamaran,‭ ‬his crew unofficially won the First Trans-Pacific Yacht race.‭ ‬He continued on the ocean liner as it operated throughout the Pacific before living in Hawaii.
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‭ ‬ ‭ ‬ ‭ ‬ ‭ ‬ ‭ ‬ ‭ ‬Soon,‭ ‬the Hawaiian lifestyle won him over.‭ ‬Living in the true spirit of aloha,‭ ‬he never sold a used board.‭ ‬Instead,‭ ‬he would give his boards away to others without ever asking anything in return.‭ ‬Trent stayed in a Quonset hut at Makaha and spent his time diving,‭ ‬reading,‭ ‬but most importantly, riding the biggest waves possible.‭ ‬Makaha became his stage,‭ ‬with the charging of‭ ‬20-foot+ waves. Trent formed relations with some of the biggest names in the surfing world.‭ ‬Bob Simmons offered him to ride his foam prototypes.‭ ‬George Downing,‭ ‬whose surfing as well as shaping Trent highly admired,‭ ‬became his long-time friend.‭ ‬Although he never thought‭ ‬of going pro,‭ ‬he trained regularly to conquer the power of the ocean.‭ “‬Waves are not measured in feet or inches,‭ ‬they are measured in increments of fear‭”‬ -‭ ‬these are the words only a pioneer of big-wave surfing could have said.‭ ‬We also note him as being the first to describe a big-wave surfboard as a‭ ‬“gun‭”‬.‭ ‬In‭ ‬1957,‭ ‬he stood at the top of the big-wave frenzy,‭ ‬earning a heavy reputation among the most important individuals of the day.‭ ‬Others couldn‭’‬t match his style,‭ ‬no one could tame the waves like Buzzy Trent did.‭ ‬He became well known for his achievement of consistently charging mammoth-sized Makaha.‭ ‬Privately,‭ ‬he was married to a West Side girl named Viola and they had two children‭ ‬-‭ ‬Anna and Ivan,‭ ‬both connected to the surfing life.‭ ‬As Buzzy‭ ‬wasn‭’‬t a pro surfer he supported his family in other ways-‭ ‬first as a fireman,‭ ‬later as a construction worker for the company that built Ala Moana mall.‭ ‬Working there,‭ ‬he had an accident,‭ ‬when his colleague accidentally knocked him off the‭ ‬14th floor of a building.‭ ‬Trent fell about‭ ‬50‭ ‬feet,‭ ‬then grabbed onto a‭ ‬12th-floor girder and pulled himself back up to resume work.‭ ‬“He came home and talked about it real casual‭ (‬…) just dust himself off and go surf.‭”‬ -‭ ‬recalls his son,‭ ‬Ivan.

‭ ‬ ‭ ‬ ‭ ‬ ‭ ‬ ‭ ‬ ‭ ‬Although Buzzy said‭ ‬that surfing was just a hobby and there shouldn‭’‬t be such a thing as competitive surfing,‭ ‬the impact he had made in the surfing world is quite significant.‭ ‬He had ended his surfing career by‭ ‬1973.‭ “‬I went for this wave and backed off.‭ ‬I knew what was going to happen to me.‭ ‬It was nature‭’‬s way of protecting me.‭”‬ -‭ ‬that‭’‬s how he allegedly explained the end of ‭ ‬this chapter to his son.‭ ‬When he gave up surfing at the age of‭ ‬47,‭ ‬he took up hang gliding to keep the endorphins pumping, and retired from the‭ ‬Dillingham Corporation in‭ ‬1980.‭ ‬He passed away in his sleep in‭ ‬2006,‭ ‬at Hale Ho Aloha nursing home in Honolulu.‭ ‬He was‭ ‬77‭ ‬years old.

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