#H50 Surfboards

Hawaii Five-0 surfboards

By Diane Ako

For Star Advertiser

3 January  2011

When Hawaii’s top cops aren’t fighting crime, what might they be doing? Perhaps in the waves, riding a new Pinder-shaped board. I figured this out in December when I went to pick up a new board for  myself from Todd Pinder, a Honolulu surfboard shaper.

I’m not really sure why I bothered to get a new board since my old one is dusty and lonely in the garage. I work all day, and when I’m not working, I am looking after my kid. But hope springs eternal, so to complement the longboard I own, I wanted a shorter 7’6″ hybrid. One day, right? Pinder was nice enough to color it blue so that my husband can use it, too.

When I went to pick it up at his King Street shop, he mentioned he just sold a board to Alex O’Loughlin, who plays Commander Steve McGarrett on Hawaii Five-O. “He bought a green 9’6″ classic nose rider that was sitting in the front window,”Pinder said. This is the board Dreamy O’Loughlin owns, photographed right after Pinder shaped it.

Todd Pinder, Scott Caan, Alex O’Loughlin & Christian George

Picture Courtesy: gypsysurf.tumblr.com (aka Jesse Faen)

Scott Caan, or Danno of Hawaii Five-O, is a long-time surfer who ordered a custom 80’s style thruster. It’s 5’8″ and meant for shredding.

“They are the nicest guys. Not pretentious. They came in my store one day with another friend and I was so surprised to recognize them,” laughs Pinder.

Now I have more incentive to get out on the waves!


  • In 2013 Todd Pinder wrote:

pinderhi Both Scotty and Alex are pretty down to earth guys! Guess surfing keeps you grounded 😉


  • Posted by Jesse Faen:
Jesse Faen  20 October 2010

Always great to make the connect of a story from different sources of those who were there at the time.

And Thank You to my two internet search wizards for helping me connect the dots on many stories and pictures!


Filed under Alex O´Loughlin, Fan Stories, friends

4 responses to “#H50 Surfboards

  1. stevemcgarrettlover

    Love it! Alex and Scotty both look sooo young, and skinny! It’s like an evolution chart, seeing pics from 2011, and then ones from 2019.🤣😋
    Ps. Did you guys see Meagan’s Instagram recently? She has some great behind the scenes pics of the upcoming crossover, in case you wanted to show them here, where we can see them better? Thanks!🙂


  2. Kathysr

    There’s a cross-over promo where Steve’s driving Magnum’s Ferrari. Steve looks at Magnum, “Anything wrong?” Magnum replies, “Nothing except I’m a passenger in my own car.” LOL!!!! Deja Vu!!!


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