Bill Stewart Inducted into International Surfboard Builders Hall of Fame

Written by Ashley Leines


Posted on October 28 2021



October 9, 2021 -- Huntington Beach, CA

Recently inducted into the International Surfboard Builders Hall of Fame, Bill Stewart has been recognized as one of the best surfboard shapers of all time. Of course we're biased -- we already knew that Bill is as good as it gets when it comes to creating surfboards, but it sure is nice to be recognized for a lifetime of hard work.

Held at the base of the Huntington Beach pier on a beautiful sunny Southern California morning, the event drew a huge crowd of supporters and stoked surfers, including many past inductees. Bill was so stoked to see his team riders, family, and friends, especially his buddies from Dana Point Harbor's B-Dock, where he spends most of his free time these days.

Bill has been shaping boards under the name Stewart Surfboards since 1978, personally shaping over 40,000 boards, with over 120,000 Stewart boards and counting. With many professional accomplishments, Bill gained notoriety in the eighties for his invention of beveled rails with perfectly blended single to double concave, and a 2+1 fin setup on his Hydro Hull model. This board blew minds and pushed the envelope of what was possible on a longboard. Now named the Redline 11, after a few minor tweaks over the years, it's still the best-selling Stewart board model. These features have not only stood the test of time, but have become industry standards for performance longboards and the Redline 11 is still regarded worldwide as one of the best all around longboards.

Stewart Surfboards is what it is today because of Bill's dedication to the art of creating damn good surfboards year after year, and we aren't slowing down anytime soon! In fact, we've got two new board models coming out this year, so be sure to look for those dropping soon.