The city of Los Angeles owes some of its stunning beauty to the Ocean whose waters it lies so close to. There are miles of sandy beaches to enjoy here but for locals, the real fun seems to be in the water. Joe Bark was born in this backdrop and became drawn to the waters like a true merman. There he had unlimited freedom to spearfish, free dive, surf, build boards, paddle and play his important role as a father. He is in his true element in the water having started out in 1983 while trying to help some paddlers who were trying to save the then nonoperational Catalina Classic.
He made his 30th crossing in 2013 after having won the event twice before but that is only a tip of the iceberg.
There is a lot more to the story of Joe Bark who spent most of his 20s happily surfing at historic spots in the city as well as those of the beautiful Hawaii Island where he occasionally visited. His passion led him to make his first paddleboard in 1976 probably with no idea that Joe Bark Paddleboards would become the recognized brand they are today. When this man is not designing boards or out surfing he is probably nurturing the love for water among his children. He also loves to go fishing for lobster when he wants to relax or find inspiration for his next paddleboard designs.
His incredible boards have grabbed global attention owing to their fine design, revolutionary performance as well as versatility. This was only possible thorough sheer hard work and dedication of a waterman who knows exactly what people need to have a wonderful experience in the water. It is very comforting for users of Joe Barks’ Paddleboards to be out in the water because the designer has obviously tried his boards to find of whether they are indeed as good as they look. He has to create the best paddle boards that will not compromise his image among his family and loyal fans.
By taking a closer look at his life, it is easy to understand that for Joe, making paddleboards is his life as if it was work, he wouldn’t rise at 4 a.m. every day and head out to his Los Angeles shop to craft boards. By finding his passionate love for the waters, Joe went with the flow to become one of the big names in ocean endurance history.