Dave (and brother to Richard) has been a mainstay in the Santa Cruz surfing scene for many decades. Through the years Dave and Richard have shared countless days of epic surf together. In the early to mid-80’s on the North Shore of Oahu, with David being a goofy foot and Richard a regular foot, there was always a constant battle on where to surf; the rights or lefts, Sunset or Pipeline. Dave’s tall frame seemed to fit perfectly in the big North Shore surf. He was definitely one of the best at Pipeline during this period, also a standout on many days at Sunset and Waimea.
On Jan. 22, 1990, Dave and Tom Powers were up at Ocean Beach (San Francisco) admiring, perfect 15′ A-frame peaks going off, unfortunately with no channel to paddle out in. Jeff Clark pulled up and said, “You guys want big perfect surf with a channel? Follow me.” Although Jeff had surfed Mavericks for years before this day, this was the first time he was able to share it with other takers, up until this day a hard commodity to come by.
David was shell-shocked. “I saw so many waves that you could fit 18-wheelers inside of! I never imagined anything like that in California!” Jeff’s comments on Dave that session: “Dave caught a beauty that day and S-turned his way all the way through to the inside rock.”
This happened to be the same surf that produced an epic Eddie Aikau Big Wave Invitational event the day before in which Richard Schmidt placed third. According to Jeff, “That day definitely changed everything.”
Dave’s knowledge of the ocean is invaluable to the school. His “SSA’s” (struggling surfers assists) are the most powerful in the business. Besides teaching surfing, Dave is also very active as a real estate broker for Lighthouse Realty. He can be contacted directly for any real estate needs.
Cell: (831) 227-3679
Office: (831) 425-7355