San Diego Shaper Ends Epic Era; Closes Mission Bay Production Facility

73-year-old Mike Eaton has been shaping surf boards since the 50s, when he was stationed in San Francisco and learned a thing or two under the tutelage of Jack O’Neill – and he’s played a key role in the San Diego surf culture with his early twin-fins and bonzers-designs, according to a story posted Monday, April 7, by the San Diego Union Tribune.

Mike Eaton, legendary San Diego surfboard shaper. Photo:

The Tribune picked up the story after learning Eaton closed down his Mission Bay shop for the last time during the first week of April. The legendary surfer and shaper is credited with bringing Bing Surfboards to San Diego in 1974 and continued to shape the boards at his La Salle Street surfboard production facility until 2002, when the company moved its headquarters to Hermosa Beach, according to

Eaton is headed for the big island of Hawaii June 1, and saying goodbye to a little more than four decades of waves and board shaping in Southern California. Check out the rest of the story right HERE.