The surf world has lost a true heavy weight. Local legend Scott Anderson passed away on Jan. 18, 2021 from cancer! Read about his life, watch some videos, check out photos, hear statements from friends and family, and more in the article below!
About: Started in 1988 by Scott Anderson in his back garden before moving to their present location in California. Anderson surfboards and the glassing factory Aquatech have made over 20,000 top end amateur and professional surfboards and longboards using only the latest materials and techniques.
We found the following 2014 photos of of Scott Anderson in the Venice Paparazzi photo archives.
Scott Anderson is fiberglassing one of his own Malibu Long Division Surfboard – Farberow Model. © 2014 Venice Paparazzi.
© 2014 Venice Paparazzi.
Local surfer and AquaTech’s Justin Swartz repairing a surfboard. Justin has been hanging out at AquaTech since they opened in 88′. © 2014 Venice Paparazzi.
Photo wall at Aquatech. © 2014 Venice Paparazzi.
Venice Paparazzi’s Alex Stowell is happy to get his Anderson board back. © 2014 Venice Paparazzi.
Meet Your Shaper: Scott Anderson. Video by Mollusk Surf Shop
We found these warm messages online! RIP Scott! You will be missed!
My tears fall as I write this not from the passing of an Idol, mentor, and most importantly a true great friend that always made time, but with appreciation Scott touched by giving so much to his community an beyond with his passion, smiles, laughter, inspiration, guidance, friendships, and the list goes on. He gave everyone the attention who walked through the door of Aquatech or at the beach the same smile and jokes no matter if you were a grom, pro, bro or another person asking for a deal(or job) he gave everyone the time and opportunity.
Scott was a true staple to the surf community and his legacy will go forever. Scott was the hardest worker I knew and his craftsmanship was at the finest with having having some of the best surfers in the world riding his boards. There is no other shaper who has had the impact of surfers from South Bay to Malibu like Scott Anderson.
From the first board I ordered from him at 10 years old, to riding my bike to aquatech as a grom hanging all day while interrupting everyone working to ask every possible question, goof around, fiddling with every board, tasks around the factory that led to part time job, supporting me through my surf career, my spontaneous world travels(even if they weren’t for surf), college, to jobs that took me away, being the repair guy, and teaching me the art and craftsmanship of surfboard building that has allowed me to do as a full time job now. Scott support every crazy idea I had on board designs, world views, things around the shop, my surfing, to make me way too many boards for upcoming contests I couldn’t make up my mind which one was more magic.
When I started shaping he gave me so much tough love with support and believed in me to let me go on my own but still there to lend a hand and check on each other with a call, text or seeing each other as much as possible.
Never thought and don’t want to post this but since Scott has moved through this chapter I write this with with candle lit and sending so much love and respect for Scott Anderson and his family. I will see you in the future my friend sharing toobs on designs we come up with together. Forever a legend in this universe.
13 years ago I tried to spin up a side hustle with Scott Anderson called surfpromos.com, didn’t go too far, but I cut this video of him shaping at the old shop on Glenco, great times there. I wish I would have made more trips to the South Bay to his new shop to hang. Beyond words… RIP Scott.
RIP Scott Anderson. Friend, Shaper, Community surf guru, amazing human, legend. You will be Missed my friend.
Malibu Surfing Association Club shot, I think this was 2004 or 2005. There are a lot of Anderson’s in this shot, Scott and Glen made the Lion’s share of the boards for our members.
Saw this posted one someone’s wall last night, it’s a short clip on Scott that did an excellent job of capturing him in under ￼2 minutes.
Venice and the entire surf community lost a legend yesterday. Scott Anderson (and the incredible boards he shaped) touched countless lives and spread immeasurable joy. I took this at the breakwater yesterday before I’d heard the news. Pretty sure it’s the ocean waving goodbye. My deepest condolences to his family and friends. RIP SA