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Steve Walden, owner of Walden Surfboards, poses for an environmental portrait inside his shaping room at his shop in Ventura Calif., on Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011. Walden has been shaping surfboards for 50 years, his first board created at the age of 13. By now he is estimated to have shaped over 20000 boards. Over the years Walden has become known by many to be the "Father of the Modern Longboard," honing his skills over the years in Hawaii and California. When not shaping, Walden is surfing. He holds the record for the longest noseride in competition history with a time of 25.5 seconds. (Photo by Aaron Schmidt/Brooks Institute © 2011)

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Steve Walden, owner of Walden Surfboards, poses for an environmental portrait inside his shaping room at his shop in Ventura Calif., on Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011.  Walden has been shaping surfboards for 50 years, his first board created at the age of 13.  By now he is estimated to have shaped over 20000 boards.  Over the years Walden has become known by many to be the "Father of the Modern Longboard," honing his skills over the years in Hawaii and California.  When not shaping, Walden is surfing.  He holds the record for the longest noseride in competition history with a time of 25.5 seconds.   (Photo by Aaron Schmidt/Brooks Institute © 2011)