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By Andrea Swayne
Infinity Surfboards founder, co-owner and master shaper, Steve Boehne was inducted into the International Surfboard Builders Hall of Fame on Dec. 6 in a ceremony at Doheny State Beach in Dana Point.
The Hall of Fame was created by Huntington Beach surfers Bob “the Greek” Bolen and Mike “Mickey Rat” Ester to recognize shapers and the impact their craftsmanship has had on the sport. This was the 15th annual event.
Bolen’s presentation speech included high praise for Boehne’s innovative work, from longboards, tandem boards, shortboards, surf skis and most recently, stand-up paddleboards.
Since starting in the ’60s, Boehne shaped an average of 500 boards a week for 20 years and now averages about 400 annually, Bolen said, reaching a total of more than 40,000 with his crew, which includes sons Dave and Dan.
The company shop is in Dana Point and the factory is in San Clemente.
“It’s amazing they give you a prize for making adult toys all your life,” joked Boehne in his acceptance speech.
Boehne’s wife Barrie was by his side at the event. Partners in both life and business, the two spent three decades competing as tandem partners and hold the distinction of being the winningest team in the history of that discipline.