Rocky McKinnon started creating unique, versatile, and high performance surfboards at McKinnon Shapes & Designs in the spring of 1997. Shortly after, he began his competitive surfing career and won amateur titles in 1999 and 2001 at the Huntington Beach Surf Series. He became a professional surfer in 2002 and by 2003, Rocky was rated in the top ten in the country. His surfing accomplishments opened doors for him to gain notoriety for McKinnon Shapes & Designs. Soon to follow were photos and articles in magazines and websites, surf videos, to being featured on Channel 5 Morning News and taking Joe Piscopo surfing for the “The Best Damn Sports Show” on Fox Sports Net.