You East Coast guys are going to be happy. Yes, I have an O’Hare surfboard in my collection. It hangs in Paradise Cove formally Javi’s Paradise in Rosarito Beach. When your in northern Baja stop in for a beer and have a look. Chris and Herbie the proprietors will be happy to give you a tour and speak to you, just say the Coach sent me! Pat O’Hare is being honored by the Cocoa Beach Surfing Museum this spring. When I was in Florida for the AFCA convention years ago I made it a point to visit his then museum at the Natural Art Shop and try to speak with Pat. I missed him. However, you East Coast guys do not miss this O’Hare exhibit at the museum!
A little about Pat O’Hare he started as a Greg Noll dealer and later team up with Rick “No Thumb” (you remember the story of how Rick lost his thumb and Greg preserved it in resin) James. Rick was one of Greg’s production shapers. I am not sure how the two teamed up but thats were I can use your help! Please do not confuse Rick James with Rick Stoner of Surfboards by Rick. James and O’Hare were parters for 3 years and then Pat ventured out on his own. Their factory was in Cape Canaveral from 1964-80 and then Pat moved it back to Cocoa Beach. Pat was a Walker Foam guy. It should be noted that a lot of small manufactures in the east did not use Clark and Walker blanks. The reason for major sun damage as they grew older. They blew their own formulas which lacked inhibitor to keep the board white and not burnt brown!
The O’Hare Surfboard in my collection looks like a Greg Noll with an O’Hare decal. The wonderful thing about Pat O’Hare is he evolved with the surf industry. Most of the sixties shapers stopped shaping in the late sixties or early eighties due to shortboards. Like Reynolds Yater, Pat also redefined himself as a shaper. Probably for Pat even a bigger challenge with the quality of waves on the East Coast, no pun towards the East Coast (many California breaks were open up with the advent of the shortboards I have to inform you). The East has the large Continental Shelf which presents issues for shapers on that coast. Pat was able to evolve and continue to make quality surfboards today.
Things I would like to see out of this article, First: Photos of O’Hare Shops and Photos of the O’Hare factory. The second thing I would like to see is paper/decal/patch memorabilia from the sixties. As I see photos of photos I see patches. Third, looking for more examples of O’Hare surfboards past photos and recent photos of killer examples of O’Hare Surfboards so we can see them! But really most of all respect for a true legend of the industry, Pat O’Hare.
The challenge is on Floridians and East Coasters. Educated on the O’Hare stoke of the sixties and now. Show us what you got baby!!!!! A photo with you’re reply is worth a 1000 words and show the ultimate respect for Pat O’Hare.
Keep Surfing and listen to dacoach
And yes, brother Tommy was a wrestler as was I (not very good) and I coached wrestling for 11 years! Go Jets!