Mike Eaton

Mike Eaton Eaton Surfboards and Paddleboards – Specializing in Speed

Mike Eaton

Mike Eaton started surfing in 1949. He started shaping in 1956 with Jack O'Neil. In 1958, 59, 60 he worked at Marineland of the Pacific in Palos Verdes as a porpoise and whale trainer. He worked for a very short time on the television series Sea Hunt as a diving tech. He moved to San Diego from Los Angeles in 1972. He shaped very little through the 60's as he started building boats. During 1960 through 1966 he built 12', 14', 18' and up to 46' catamarans. Bing Copeland used to be Mikes mailman and would poke his head in from time to time to see what Mike was up to. After Bing started his factory, Mike started shaping for him in 1966. Mike built his first paddleboard in 1968. Mike would shaped for Bing until the company was sold to G & S in 1972. He continued to work for G & S until 1978 when he started his own company, Eaton Surfboards. In 1983 he and Bing started up again and Mike continued to shape for Bing until 2003.

He now devotes all of his time to building custom Eaton Surf and Paddleboards. He has flown gliders for 35 years and has had a love for hot rods for many years. He is married to Marianne and has 3 children, 8 grandchildren and 4 great grand children.

For more info on Mike Eaton, please visit www.eatonsurf.com.

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Zinger 7'6"

Design Notes

"This board is an out growth from the Bonzer (a twinfin Bonzer if you will). An all around fun board, VERY FAST and loose, paddles well and surfs much smaller than the measure." - Mike Eaton

Dimensions

  • Height: 7'6"
  • Nose: 15 1/2"
  • Width: 21 5/8"
  • Tail: 14"
  • Thickness: 3 1/4"
  • Fins Included: 6" + Eaton Twin

Construction

TEC

Classic 9'0"

Design Notes

What's a Bonzer?

"The Bonzer concept was invented by the Cambell brothers in 1970 and is based on the venturi principle. I have been making and refining Bonzers steadily [over 15,000 of them] since 1971. The channels and side fins direct water flow through the narrow venturi causing a low pressure area. Higher pressure water under your feet is now drawn to the low pressure area. Energy normally lost to the side is now thrust off the tail (due to the increase in velocity in the venturi) = punch!"

"I have been making this board for essentially unchanged for 30 years. It works!" -Mike Eaton

Dimensions

  • Height: 9'0"
  • Nose: 18"
  • Width: 23 1/4"
  • Tail: 14 3/8"
  • Thickness: 3 1/8"
  • Fins Included: 6" + Eaton Single

Construction

TEC

Recreational SUP 14'0"

Design Notes

"This paddleboard is just what the name implies, good fun." - Mike Eaton

Dimensions

  • Height: 14'0"
  • Nose: 13 5/8"
  • Width: 21 1/2"
  • Tail: 7"
  • Thickness: 6 5/8"
  • Fins Included: Single 4"x9"

Construction

TEC

Race SUP 14'0"

Design Notes

This paddleboard represents the best of my racing designs and is a great all around performer, very fast." - Mike Eaton

Dimensions

  • Height: 14'0"
  • Nose: 7 1/8"
  • Width: 19 13/16"
  • Tail: 7 3/8"
  • Thickness: 7 7/8"
  • Fins Included: Single 4"x9"

Construction

TEC

Crafted by Dagrander