Marc Andreini

by Glenn Sakamoto on July 2, 2010 · 10 comments

Marc Andreini is a California shaper/surfer who started surfing in 1962 and shaped his first board at the age of 14. Respected for his talent and skills as a shaper, Andreini was influenced by such notables as Reynolds Yater and George Greenough. We spoke with Marc to learn more.

What was it like growing up in California?
Paradise! I thank God I was aware of my good fortune and never took it for granted. Imagine being 7 years old and have your mom move you to Santa Barbara (from the San Mateo) to spend every weekend at the beach in the 50’s!

What attracted you to go surfing?
My mom had been at Waikiki in the 40’s and learned to surf (Napoleon was her teacher). She was an avid swimmer and body surfer and taught my brother and I when we moved to SB.

What was the feeling you had when you first stood on a surfboard?
Ecstasy! I still have trouble sleeping once I start imagining the rides I may get in the morning! Hooked for life after only 1.5 seconds standing at the Sandbar at the SB harbor!

Who did you look up to and admire when you were young?
Jeff White of White Owl Surfboards. He took us young grems in and made us belong. I try to pass that along today. And Duke Kahanamoku of course. He was like the John Wayne of surfing, a noble gentleman. Also Phil Edwards and Renny Yater.

What inspired you to shape boards?
I connected the love of riding my first wave to my surfboard I suppose, as I love surfboards as much as riding them. That led me to repairing them from my first ding forward. Shaping was a natural evolution.

What do you love about it?
The Holy Grail in shaping for me is to create sensual flowing curves that extract speed and grace from the wave. That in turn introduces the rider to my vision of how a wave should be experienced.

Who are some of the people who have ridden your boards?
Almost all of my friends! To name one is to leave out ten! I am probably most flattered when other shapers order boards from me!

Who/what inspires you?
Life and the God/Jesus behind it. It is the awe and wonderment of it all.

What is the greatest thing you have learned in your life?
It is better to give than receive. You can’t out give God, you get back more than you put out by 10 fold.

What are you most proud of?
Having some integrity. I wish I had more.

What meaning does surfing hold for you and how has it changed your life?
Surfing is what gave me that drive to exist and it ultimately shaped my whole life around itself.

What brings you the most happiness in the world?
Being at peace. Unfettered by circumstances outside my control.

Who are some of the people you feel are shaping the path for surfing today?
Danny Hess, Tom Wegener, Thomas Campbell, Skip Frye…

What are you currently riding? Your favorite surfspot?
9′, 10′ 11′, pintail displacement hulls/ single fins. Swift Street, Santa Cruz.

Describe your perfect day.
Driving my antique Jag to the beach with my wife Betty and our dog Bubba. We walk the dog, then I surf, my wife tells me I still have it, we go to dinner, we drive home!

What’s next for Marc Andreini?
God willing, my 60’s will be my best decade of surfing!!

Find out more about Marc Andreini and Andreini Surfboards here.

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Mugsie July 3, 2010 at 7:07 am

Marc is the genuine article. a gentleman and an honorable man. At 60 he still rips. And what is best… he’s smiling the whole time.

When Marc’s out at Waddell, it is a guaranteed fun session.

Congratulations Marc. A tribute well deserved,



Andrew July 3, 2010 at 2:51 pm

I enjoyed reading that.

Marc sounds like a lovely man.

A* in oz


Mike Black July 4, 2010 at 7:43 pm

The surfing community is lucky to have marc andreini.


Peter July 6, 2010 at 11:14 am

Marc keeps coming up with new things for me. He just took a 1969 stubbie template, put modern bottom & rails on it with a quad setup. I have never had a better surfboard ever! He was as pleased as me – he is as modest and genuine as they come.


Kew July 7, 2010 at 11:05 am

Hey Peter, stoked to hear you like the Kubb! Marc just made me a 5’4″!


Jo Stroud aka Dr. Jo July 6, 2010 at 2:56 pm

Marc, your boards are the fastest I have ever ridden. You are an epic shaper and great man!


Masaaki July 8, 2010 at 5:46 am

Marc, I am honored to have met you in my life. I always enjoy “magic time” whenever I ride your “magic” boards. Please keep shaping and surfing!


Nathan Oldfield July 12, 2010 at 4:32 am

I bumped into Marc last year in NZ. I remember his gentleness & humility & warmth. Inspiration.


Greg February 11, 2011 at 9:20 am

Though I’ve never met him, Marc just seems like a such a nice, genuine guy in videos and in this interview. I am glad he is around for the surfing community. We need more of these guys. I hope they don’t ever go out of style.


Lynn Hunsick November 21, 2012 at 8:36 pm

It was such a pleasure to meet you at Deb’s re-union. Let’s just say none of you are in your 60′s now. It’s just a number, and a state of being. I so enjoyed you ang Greg and stories of when we were very young. Give my best to your sister lisa.
p.s. the moth was a blue morph!
Lynn (Debs “younger” sister.


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