Dave Wallace:Surfer Realtor

Hi, this is Dave’s assistant and I am sneaking in this cool clip from 1990 when Dave was featured in the L.A. Times  for his surfboard shaping skills as well as his Realtor skills.

 From the LA Times

VENTURA : Surfboards Shape Up as a Second Job

November 26, 1990

When a real estate agent sells a house, it is common practice for the agent to give a small gift to the buyer. For Dave Wallace, an agent with Don L. Carlton Realtors in Ventura, the gift is often one of his hand-crafted surfboards.

Each week Wallace shapes 15 surfboards that are sold in area surf shops. Under the brand name Vector Vehicles, the surfboards are popular locally, said Vince Felix, a salesman at Waveline Ventura, one of the shops that carries the line of boards.

“I basically have two full-time jobs,” Wallace said. “I can go in and shape surfboards in the morning, be done by 12 p.m. and be in the real estate office by 1 p.m. It works out well.”

The 37-year-old Ventura resident has been shaping surfboards since 1967. “I think the first one I shaped was for my sister, then I shaped one for myself and pretty soon I just started shaping boards for all my friends,” Wallace said. “It took off from there.”

In 1969, a Ventura surf shop hired Wallace, then a 16-year-old high school student, to make surfboards. He has been crafting boards ever since, about 10,000 or so to date. His short boards, popular among younger surfers, sell for about $300. His long-board designs retail at about $400.

For several years, Wallace sold his surfboards from a surf shop he owned in Oxnard, but he tired of running a retail store. Five years ago, he decided to take up real estate to supplement his income from Vector Vehicles.

The combination of the two jobs has worked out well for Wallace. For instance, he recently received an increase in surfboard orders that partially offsets the slump in real-estate sales. More than just a moneymaker, board-making is Wallace’s passion.

“Real estate is going to be a lot more financially rewarding than shaping surf boards is ever going to be, but shaping is therapeutic,” he said.//////

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