Steve & Barrie Boehne: 50 Years of Shred at Infinity Surf

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Steve Boehne, founder of Infinity Surf, started shaping surfboards at age 12 with his dad. He became quickly adept and sold them throughout his high school career. Those original boards were branded, “Boards by Steve”. Fast forward to the 1970’s when he and wife Barrie are on the competitive tandem surfing circuit. They competed around the world and on the Wide World of Sports.  Remember that?

Then, around ’74, everyone got swept up in the skateboard scene in California. By then, Infinity Surf had been launched (1970) and Steve Boehne decided to make one of the first tandem skateboards. The video here depicts him & a very trusting Barrie, having some fun and sliding down the hill in typical 70’s skate style showcasing the talent these two had on the waves and with each other. The video is priceless. Watch it again and again.

 

Steve Boehne Barrie Boehne tandem skateboard Infinity Surf
Steve lifts Barrie in a display of talent, balance and skill from the 1970’s on a skateboard of his own making.

Steve & Barrie Boehne awarded for community contribution with Tribute Statue in Dana Point, California

Then, twenty or so years later, Steve & Barrie’s niece finds the video and launches it on YouTube. This happened around the time the Dana Point City Council was assessing their community to decide who to honor with the next Linear Park tribute statue for local pioneers within the surf industry.

Steve and Barrie’s long time commitment to their community, their dedication to the world of watersports, their surf shop & business, their creativity and athleticism led to the town board awarding this STILL dynamic duo the honor of joining Bruce Brown, Hobie Alter and Phil Edwards with a commemorative statue of the two of them from their tandem surfing days.

Moment by moment, we create our legacy. Steve Boehne says the key to his success is:  “Persistence. I really like working and making surfboards.”

Steve Boehne shaper Infinity Surfboards
Still at it: Steve Boehne in the shaping room at Infinity Surf crafting his next stick from a balsa wood blank. It’s all a blank until it’s in the hands of an artist & master shaper like Steve. Photo: Dave Boehne

Steve & Barrie Boehne of Infinity Surf, we salute you!

Stay tuned for the FULL WRITE UP of this impressive clan and 50 Years of Shred history in the upcoming SUMMER ISSUE of Standup Journal.  We can’t wait to share it with you.  Aloha.

 

 

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Evelyn O’Doherty
Evelyn O'Doherty, owner & publisher of the new Standup Journal 2.0, worked her way up the ranks in the world of stand up paddling. A former surfer gone rogue, Evelyn stepped onto a SUP for the first time in 2009 when a plaguing neck injury kept her out of the water from surfing. Discovering the core benefits and expanded perspective on the water that stand up paddling brings, Ev immediately was hooked. She became a strong SUP racer in the North East and a year-round SUP surfer, gathering multiple top brand sponsorships including becoming a team rider for Starboard SUP and a national ambassador for Kialoa, as well as celebrating all aspects of the sport with additional brand ambassadorships including lululemon athletica, Clif Bar, Cobian, Kaenon & Indo Board. Her love of watersports and commitment to advocacy in preserving our marine environments led to a short film made with The Nature Conservancy as part of their Clean Water initiatives on Long Island, NY, called "A New Perspective". Evelyn just keeps paddling. Today, she's stepped up to take over the helm at Standup Journal after having worked for the magazine for 2 years as senior online editor. Her dedication and belief in the power of print to immerse readers in the watersports they love even if they don't have access to the water in a daily existence plus a powerful desire to spotlight the amazing people doing rad sh*t on the water is what drives her vision for Standup Journal 2.0. Evelyn welcomes the conversation about how to make the magazine benefit as many people as possible and encourages feedback, letters to the editor and communication at editor@standupjournal.com . Now, as owner/publisher for Standup Journal., Evelyn continues to live in East Hampton NY where she has daily access to the water. When the swell is working, you can find her in Montauk rattling around in her Ford Ranger surfboards hanging out the back headed for points East.