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Chairman of the boards

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - You can bring your board into Joe Roper's for a righteous repair. But somewhere along the way, you're going to get a history lesson.

"I'm firm about the roots and letting the kids know where we came from," Joe said.

See, Joe Roper doesn't just know surfing history. He is surfing history. He's been a cog in San Diego's surfing culture for 39 years.

"I couldn't afford someone to fix my board. So I went to Mitch's, brought some resin and started out when I was in 7th grade," Joe said.

Repairing boards in his funky, thatched shop on Morena Boulevard, Joe is still passionate about the process.

"You're dealing with a piece of foam like this, real soft and you've got to layer glass on it and if you got too heavy in the sand, you could destroy a board real easy," he said.

Restoring, not destroying, is what Joe is all about.

"I can restore anything... anything," he said.

And he treats every restoration as if it was his own.

"Every board is so personal, because it's such a personal sport," he said.

His own personal history documented on the walls of his shop.

At Joe Roper's righteous surfboard repairs, the legend not only dispenses the history, he shares his knowledge with a new generation of shapers.

"That's what I'm trying to represent, back to the roots," he said.

And the roots of San Diego's rich surfing culture are deeply planted here.

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