Jeff McCallum

  • Jeff McCallum
    Jeff McCallum
  • Pride in ownership is rare in a world full of Chinese crap.  Spend a little more, look a little harder,  be patient and you’ll be stoked.  Thanks Tom  #2015ethics
    Pride in ownership is rare in a world full of Chinese crap. Spend a little more, look a little harder, be patient and you’ll be stoked. Thanks Tom #2015ethics
  • In the early 2000’s I was fresh off the plane from Colorado and hired  by Chris Christenson to sweep up, run errands and stay out of the way.  I couldn’t of had a better mentor.  While Chris never held my hand in the shaping room, what he did teach me was respect.  Not only for craft but to respect the time that he and the people before me had out into the industry that I was one day hoping to be a part of.  In this day and age that respect is slowly disappearing.  With the sudden appearance of social media there’s no more dues to be paid.  But I know for a fact that without Chis and the ethics he taught me I wouldn’t be where I am today Thank you @chris_christenson73 #2015ethics.
    In the early 2000’s I was fresh off the plane from Colorado and hired by Chris Christenson to sweep up, run errands and stay out of the way. I couldn’t of had a better mentor. While Chris never held my hand in the shaping room, what he did teach me was respect. Not only for craft but to respect the time that he and the people before me had out into the industry that I was one day hoping to be a part of. In this day and age that respect is slowly disappearing. With the sudden appearance of social media there’s no more dues to be paid. But I know for a fact that without Chis and the ethics he taught me I wouldn’t be where I am today Thank you @chris_christenson73 #2015ethics.
  • Roughed out 5.10 20.27
    Roughed out 5.10 20.27
  • @superwolf on the resin abstract.
    @superwolf on the resin abstract.
  • 6’6” Mini Tear Drop. Photo: @fijichili 



@tavarua_fiji @tavaruaislandresort
    6’6” Mini Tear Drop. Photo: @fijichili @tavarua_fiji @tavaruaislandresort
  • @visslasurf is now available in-stores and online.
    @visslasurf is now available in-stores and online.
  • Dropping a 90% finished shaped blank = A foot through the wall.
    Dropping a 90% finished shaped blank = A foot through the wall.
  • Of these two boards one is shaped by hand the other is off the computer and if I hadn’t of told you, you’d never know the difference.  But in my eyes that is un-ethical and that’s simply not how I run my business. Making the distinction between the two is a risk, I could of easily kept the logos right side up, signed all the boards when I got back and sold them all in a day. But that’s not how I roll. Love it or hate it, it doesn’t matter to me.  I learned a long time ago that I can’t make everyone happy and these upside down logos will be a big part of out post 2015 world. I won’t try and blow these up we’ll still stick to the small numbers with a focus on quality over quantity.   If you have a hand shape or one on order hold on to it cause they will be a rare after 2015.  I’ll still be around and I’ll still be hand shaping but it will be on my terms. #2015ethics
    Of these two boards one is shaped by hand the other is off the computer and if I hadn’t of told you, you’d never know the difference. But in my eyes that is un-ethical and that’s simply not how I run my business. Making the distinction between the two is a risk, I could of easily kept the logos right side up, signed all the boards when I got back and sold them all in a day. But that’s not how I roll. Love it or hate it, it doesn’t matter to me. I learned a long time ago that I can’t make everyone happy and these upside down logos will be a big part of out post 2015 world. I won’t try and blow these up we’ll still stick to the small numbers with a focus on quality over quantity. If you have a hand shape or one on order hold on to it cause they will be a rare after 2015. I’ll still be around and I’ll still be hand shaping but it will be on my terms. #2015ethics
  • Back home and back at it.
    Back home and back at it.
  • @rgbgroupinc knows how to fly.  Back in a couple weeks.
    @rgbgroupinc knows how to fly. Back in a couple weeks.
  • 2015 comes at a point in my shaping career when I’m at a crossroad where there’s two simple choices.  And in fact this decision is right now in front of me and a simple phone call away. 



1. I can pull the wool over your eyes and blow this thing up. There might be a little grey area and I’d be bit deceitful but who cares. I’d be making more boards more money  and working less. 




Or 





2. I can take a risk and run my business my way black and  white and with some Ethics which in my opinion is getting more and more rare in this world. 

But if you’ve been paying attention you know this decision was made a long time ago.  #2015ethics
    2015 comes at a point in my shaping career when I’m at a crossroad where there’s two simple choices. And in fact this decision is right now in front of me and a simple phone call away. 1. I can pull the wool over your eyes and blow this thing up. There might be a little grey area and I’d be bit deceitful but who cares. I’d be making more boards more money and working less. Or 2. I can take a risk and run my business my way black and white and with some Ethics which in my opinion is getting more and more rare in this world. But if you’ve been paying attention you know this decision was made a long time ago. #2015ethics
  • Special Thank you to @sportingclubofthepacific for letting me test out this hand crafted, built in house work of art from @wildbluechef.  Hard crafted spearguns are much like surfboards in the fact that details are what separate the good form the best.  And as you see here the details on this thing are insane.  Thanks again
    Special Thank you to @sportingclubofthepacific for letting me test out this hand crafted, built in house work of art from @wildbluechef. Hard crafted spearguns are much like surfboards in the fact that details are what separate the good form the best. And as you see here the details on this thing are insane. Thanks again
  • Up for sale today and today only. Otherwise it will be in Japan tomorrow.


7’4” 21” 2.5”



I only ride it three times. Just a bit to thin for me. Perfect for someone in the 5’10”175lb range+-  Excellent shape future quad.  



Text (858)405-7856
    Up for sale today and today only. Otherwise it will be in Japan tomorrow. 7’4” 21” 2.5” I only ride it three times. Just a bit to thin for me. Perfect for someone in the 5’10”175lb range+- Excellent shape future quad. Text (858)405-7856
  • Love it or hate it…ActualIy don’t give a fuck what you think.  I like it. #2015ethics
    Love it or hate it…ActualIy don’t give a fuck what you think. I like it. #2015ethics
  • The 5th member of our 5 man one woman crew is the shop Rat Landon. @landon_boettger has been paying dues sweeping, cleaning, taking out trash, getting lunch and cleaning my truck with a toothbrush for the last year and a half. But what Landon is learning is that this profession doesn’t come easy. It’s about respect, paying dues and working your way up on your own hard work.  Someone else’s coattails and social media will only take you so far for so long.   #2015ethics
    The 5th member of our 5 man one woman crew is the shop Rat Landon. @landon_boettger has been paying dues sweeping, cleaning, taking out trash, getting lunch and cleaning my truck with a toothbrush for the last year and a half. But what Landon is learning is that this profession doesn’t come easy. It’s about respect, paying dues and working your way up on your own hard work. Someone else’s coattails and social media will only take you so far for so long. #2015ethics
  • This place is funny.  When it’s 4ft there’s 80 guys out. When it 8ft there’s 4.  (at La Jolla Shores Beach)
    This place is funny. When it’s 4ft there’s 80 guys out. When it 8ft there’s 4. (at La Jolla Shores Beach)
  • Sometimes mistakes come out good.  We just pretend we meant to do it.
    Sometimes mistakes come out good. We just pretend we meant to do it.
  • 2015












By @ghighhouse
    2015 By @ghighhouse
  • 6’3” single fin for Fiji
    6’3” single fin for Fiji
  • 11 months 28 days                                                







#2015ethics
    11 months 28 days #2015ethics
  • This is Tani. And if you know Tani you know what he’s about. Much like this we are not about the individual but a group as a whole. You can try and recreate what we do but you simply can’t. And like anything in life good things come to those who wait.   #2015ethics
    This is Tani. And if you know Tani you know what he’s about. Much like this we are not about the individual but a group as a whole. You can try and recreate what we do but you simply can’t. And like anything in life good things come to those who wait. #2015ethics
  • One of my favorite surfers Dylan Jones on an 8’ Tear Drop.  Photo by @ghighhouse
    One of my favorite surfers Dylan Jones on an 8’ Tear Drop. Photo by @ghighhouse
  • Keep your eye out for this guy and the tricks I’ve taught him for a glimpse of our post 2015 world. #2015ethics
    Keep your eye out for this guy and the tricks I’ve taught him for a glimpse of our post 2015 world. #2015ethics
  • Here is our 4th member of our 5 man and one woman crew,  Larry Crow. Larry’s been building surfboards for 47 years and does all our resin pinlines, double pins and resin panels.  Not only is he a master with resin but an insane surfer, shaper, artist, and story teller.  

Larry is absolutely one of the best of a dying art.   If your boards made in China I’ll garantee it doesn’t have this kind of soul.  


#2015ethics
    Here is our 4th member of our 5 man and one woman crew, Larry Crow. Larry’s been building surfboards for 47 years and does all our resin pinlines, double pins and resin panels. Not only is he a master with resin but an insane surfer, shaper, artist, and story teller. Larry is absolutely one of the best of a dying art. If your boards made in China I’ll garantee it doesn’t have this kind of soul. #2015ethics
  • This is @superwolf. He’s been my laminator for the last 4 years and one of the best in the business. I do not laminate any of my own boards nor do I claim too. #2015ethics
    This is @superwolf. He’s been my laminator for the last 4 years and one of the best in the business. I do not laminate any of my own boards nor do I claim too. #2015ethics
  • Huge thanks to my friend @ghighhouse for sitting and waiting for me to catch one wave ever 2 hours.  More to come from this session later

Check out more of his work  here @ghighhouse and ghighhouse.com  @visslasurf @matuseinc 
#noreash @joeljitsu
    Huge thanks to my friend @ghighhouse for sitting and waiting for me to catch one wave ever 2 hours. More to come from this session later Check out more of his work here @ghighhouse and ghighhouse.com @visslasurf @matuseinc #noreash @joeljitsu
  • @cyrus_sutton ridding a 7’ something Teardrop at OB San Francisco. Video live and direct on @korduroytv
    @cyrus_sutton ridding a 7’ something Teardrop at OB San Francisco. Video live and direct on @korduroytv
  • No comment @superwolf
    No comment @superwolf
  • This is a board build by @josholdenburgsurfboards. He’s the third member of our crew, doing all the fins hardware and hotcoats. Josh has worked his way through the shop from Shop Rat to now on his own building his own boards from start to finish.  Josh has quietly been building boards better than many well known shapers in the county.  If you like quality products done right without the hype check him out. #2015ethics
    This is a board build by @josholdenburgsurfboards. He’s the third member of our crew, doing all the fins hardware and hotcoats. Josh has worked his way through the shop from Shop Rat to now on his own building his own boards from start to finish. Josh has quietly been building boards better than many well known shapers in the county. If you like quality products done right without the hype check him out. #2015ethics
  • Deposits can be made through PayPal and mccallumsurfboards@gmail.com. Those of you who have deposits in I’m working through my emails as we speak if you don’t hear back form me today please let  for me know.  Thanks for the patients.
    Deposits can be made through PayPal and mccallumsurfboards@gmail.com. Those of you who have deposits in I’m working through my emails as we speak if you don’t hear back form me today please let for me know. Thanks for the patients.
  • A little mid day pinline detail and A big shout out to @matuseinc. Since the beginning they’ve been a huge supporter of me and all that we do. Not only do they make the best wetsuits I’ve ever had but the continue to get better and better.  Much respect to @johnvincentcampbell @tusegoose and the rest of the crew.  #cantknockthehustle #2015ethics
    A little mid day pinline detail and A big shout out to @matuseinc. Since the beginning they’ve been a huge supporter of me and all that we do. Not only do they make the best wetsuits I’ve ever had but the continue to get better and better. Much respect to @johnvincentcampbell @tusegoose and the rest of the crew. #cantknockthehustle #2015ethics
  • #2015ethics
    #2015ethics
  • Let me introduce you to the 2nd member of our 6 man crew.  Paul Kelly.  He handles all the sanding, glossing and polishing. For the last seven years Paul’s taking the three days of work I’ve given him and spread it over a week  cause if he’s not taking mid day naps in his car at the shop. He has to be shoveling hose shit at home.  But at the end of the day Paul gets it done, does an insane job, and I can trust him.  #2015ethics
    Let me introduce you to the 2nd member of our 6 man crew. Paul Kelly. He handles all the sanding, glossing and polishing. For the last seven years Paul’s taking the three days of work I’ve given him and spread it over a week cause if he’s not taking mid day naps in his car at the shop. He has to be shoveling hose shit at home. But at the end of the day Paul gets it done, does an insane job, and I can trust him. #2015ethics
  • This is why I started shaping. Not to make money, not to run a business and not to be cool.  Simply because I wanted to ride what I made. #2015ethics
    This is why I started shaping. Not to make money, not to run a business and not to be cool. Simply because I wanted to ride what I made. #2015ethics
  • Some dredgers today.
    Some dredgers today.
  • This is my personal phone. It’s a pile of shit but I like it. No more email, no more Internet no more Instagram. It’s amazing how much time I spend on my iphone. Time to take a step back. #2015
    This is my personal phone. It’s a pile of shit but I like it. No more email, no more Internet no more Instagram. It’s amazing how much time I spend on my iphone. Time to take a step back. #2015
  • Photo from.  @dick_valentine form New Years Eve.   Thanks for sending it over. @patrickdreilly I owe you one.
    Photo from. @dick_valentine form New Years Eve. Thanks for sending it over. @patrickdreilly I owe you one.
  • Roughed out C/S
    Roughed out C/S
  • Vissla.com.  Is Now Live in Effect.
    Vissla.com. Is Now Live in Effect.
  • Pinline detail.                                      You Can’t Fake the Funk.
    Pinline detail. You Can’t Fake the Funk.
  • Stolen from @pimfromcancale
    Stolen from @pimfromcancale

Bio

Jeff McCallum is a tough guy to describe – at least with any brevity. Vocationally, he’s one of the surf industry’s most creative shapers. He’s brought to life instant classics like the Spoon, the Quagg, the Slick Rick and the Hollow Point. The following for his handiwork stretches from Japan to France and back to SoCal. And Jeff’s shaping San Diego facility closely resembles an airplane hangar – which is only fitting considering the high speed product it houses. But that’s just the top level. When he isn’t working on new designs with Joel Tudor or sipping Bordeaux amid a board-building binge (alliteration in the house), Jeff can be found hooping with regularity and kicking it with his English Mastiff, Kimbo. Jeff McCallum’s personality and talents are as unique as the boards that he shapes – not like that description really does him much justice.

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#2015ETHICS