Local Legends: Danny Hess

Danny Hess is a legend.

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He’s a San Francisco  funhogger, shaper, surfer and staple who calls the fog soaked shore of Ocean Beach home. His small shaping studio is just a few blocks from some of North America’s best sand bars, which affords a perfect opportunity to hone the art of board building with sustainable materials that can stand up to frigid waters known to break bones and boards. When he’s not shaping boards, you might find him working on one of his handplanes.

Here, Danny discusses the evolution of his handplanes and characteristics of the Moon, Pin, and Wing Swallow tail models

Danny Hess Handplanes from Mollusk Surf Shop on Vimeo.

Cover photo by: Sean Greene


  • ACTIVE SHOOTER

    Danny Hess has found a balance between finely crafted performance and heirloom quality construction. His boards will stand the test of time.