South African surfing pioneer Errol Hickman passes away

November 9, 2012 | Surfing
Left to right: Mike Ginsberg, Robert McWade, Shaun Tomson, George Thomopoulos, Errol Hickman, and Max Wetteland | Photo: Pat Flanagan

Errol Hickman, the iconic South African surfboard shaper, has passed away. He is considered one of the best surfboard shapers in the history of his country.

The pioneer of surfing in South Africa, during the 1960s, had a contagious personality. "Calm and intense at the same time", tells Pat Flanagan, his longtime friend.

Hickman showed off in the USA when he traveled with the Springbok surfing team to the San Diego World Championships, in 1966.

Errol began shaping boards in 1969. He worked Spider Murphy, Graham Smith and Peter Daniels, and continuously improved his crafting skills over the last 40 years.

In the 1980s, Hickman founded Errol Hickman Designs. Since then, he shaped more the 35000 surfboards.

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