His 55 years of riding waves has made Dick Brewer an expert on all things surfing. The boards he designs have become the gold standard. The longboard (left and center) is cut from fiberglass and foam (from $980; 800-873-0375; surfboards hawaii.com). His Waimea gun–style (right) is handcrafted with curly koa and mango wood and takes 120 hours to make ($16,000; 808-637-4500; haleiwasurfboard.com). It’s worth every minute; an early Brewer just sold at auction for $33,000.