Greg Noll Surfboards was founded in 1951 in Manhattan Beach and later moved to Hermosa Beach in 1959 at which point it was the largest surfboard shop in the world. Nicknamed “Da Bull” for both his large physique and his hard-charging style, Greg Noll famously rode a 35-footer at Makaha on December 4, 1969 which remained the largest wave ever ridden for more than 20 years. In 1964, Greg Noll began to work with big-surf enthusiast, Charlie Galanto, shaping, refurbishing and creating boards. Located on 1235 Kapiolani Boulevard, Greg Noll Surfcenter became a popular hangout for many famous surfers of the time such as George Downing and Felipe Pomar. Ben Aipa and Robert Scheufele shaped boards at the Surfcenter, while Craig Sugihara was a glasser. Infamous Dick Brewer shaped boards at the Greg Noll Surfcenter. Most of the boards shaped at the Greg Noll Surfcenter are labeled with with Greg Noll Surfcenter Hawaii logo.