Rod Hepburn is a San Diego based bodysurfer and photographer. He first salted his fins while studying the masters of Panics, Sandys and the North Shore in the late 60’s and early 70’s. He fondly recalls surviving the brutal Backdoor and cruising the Waimea shoulder. When he moved back to San Diego the cold waters kept him out of the water. Rod didn’t find his way back to bodysurfing regularly until his buddy, Emilio, traded him a Desoto Tri-Suit in exchange for photos Rod had taken. These days he enjoys his time with the strong and storied San Diego bodysurfing culture. He and the other “old-school old timers” dig the uncrowded lineups. If there is a swell, Rod is around sometimes in the water, but if not he’s sending out glassy stoke from the rail. The following photographs are Rod’s original work.

 

Damon

Damon at Sandy Beach

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Dolphins at Blacks

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Exuberant Donny

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Jeff Admiring the Green

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Mike, Jerry, Larry Watching Over Last Light

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Tom’s Clinic

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Splash Zone Fun

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Hal Heading Left

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Mark at Low Tide

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OB Sunset

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Nick “The Seal” Menas

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Big Wednesday, Lotza Lookers

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Mikey at the Cove

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Big Wednesday with More Onlookers

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Larry Going Left

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Empty, But Beautiful

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Slippery Durdam

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Jerry Stylin


Thanks to Rod for providing his unique photos. If you have questions for him or would like to request a purchase email Rod:
rodhepburn@yahoo.com

Bodysurfing yarns woven 'tween crest & trough