Craig"Cowboy"Mac Arthur as Miramar Surf Boards
in 1971 in it's original location, the shop was mainly a showroom for the
surfboards that Craig shaped and glassed, as well as serving as Half Moon
Bay's first surf shop.
Many years have been spent learning and perfecting the trade of surfboard production, as well as other ventures including the opening of the retail store Cowboy Surf Shop in 1982.
also teamed with friend Chip Rowland,
and Bob Hurley in 1984 to
work as Northern California Sales Rep for the then start up surf line Billabong.
His duties consisted of building the Northwestern territory for Billabong, and managing the Northern California Billabong Surf Team.
Craig recruited local talent from his territory which consisted of surfers like Daryl "Flea" Virotsgo, brother Troy, Nate & Zach Acker, Richard & Dave Schmidt, Vince Collier, Adam Repogle, and many more.
Other duties stemmed from teaming up with Billabong's pro surfers like "Sunny Garcia" and "Doogle Walker"when surfing in local contests like the O'Neill Coldwater Classic, or going on photo shoots to distant locations for surfing magazines with other pro surfers.
Craig's sales reputation soon earned him jobs with other prominent companies like Rusty Presendorfer who was just getting his clothing line going, and soon hired Craig as his Northern California Sales Rep.
Utilizing Craigs relationship with stores & shops, Rusty was a shoe-in with his line of T 'Shirts and Stickers, and was soon on his way to liable recognition in Northern California .
Craig was also hired as Sales Rep for Billabongs sister like company Peak Wetsuits, headed out by John "The Butcher" Howitt, the Aussie wetsuit entrepreneur who later went on to start Quiksilver Wetsuits.
It was about four and a half years into his sale repping career when Craig was recruited by the local Surf / Rock Band Bug.
Led by Singer Web
Fingers, and Bassist Bubba
Luv, Craig was the newest member playing Lead Guitar.
(Stage Name "Dude Broman").
See Bug click on image below
After several years of hard work, recording, rehearsing, playing gigs, and Frat Parties, Bug had worked it's way up the local circuit to the point of being a major player on the Bay Area music scene.
Bug had found a home at the Cactus Club in San Jose where their hard core followers packed the venue night after night, headlining, and also playing support for acts like Primus. Mary's Danish, The Vandals, Urban Dance Squad, and Mojo Nixon, (just to name a few).
Bug also won the the" Bay Area Battle of the Bands" contest, and played to thousands of people at the Oakland Collesieum, as well as plying every major venue in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Bug was well on their way to stardom, local rock magazines were revue them almost weekly, and one went as far as saying that "Bug was going to be the next bay area rock band after Primus to go over the top".
The press did not go unnoticed, and local recording studio mogul Joel Jaffe from Studio D in Sausalito had picked up on the buzz, and invited the band to come down to the lavish studio to record a 3 song demo that he would shop to some of his record label connections.
Things were going great with repping, and playing in the band. Craig started to date one of the Bug dancers, Lucy Turner, who soon became a cult fav as Hippi Bitch, a character in one of the bands popular songs.
It was immediately after the final mix of the demo that tragedy struck down one of the members of the band, ending the hopes and future of Craig and his fellow band members.
After a six year run, things with
Billabong had become more corporate, and many, if not all
the sales reps for Billabong, (including Craig), had been dismissed.
The demise of the band, and Craig's need to get back to the basics led him back to his Surf Shop.
Surfing, shaping surfboards, and playing guitar, all became the new "Prime Directive", and have been so ever since.
Something about the phony way he had to conduct himself being in sales never truly agreed with him.
A lyric in a "Midnight Oil" song had always struck him...."I'd rather die on my feet, than live on my knees"......
and so it goes.
the Half Moon Bay, and Bay Area Surfing Community for over 30yrs., Cowboy
Surf Shop has remained a steady contender in the retail surf
market, and has remained a grass roots, full service business, offering the
best in products and services.
"With all the options that surfing customers have to choose from in today's market, Cowboy Surf Shop would like to sincerely offer our deepest appreciation for everyone that has stood by, and supported us all these years, and would like you to know how much they value your support".
by or give Craig & Lucy a call.....
Call Sales (650) 726-6968