Rich Harbour still toils away in his shaping bay at 329 Main St, Seal Beach, California. He’s been there for 51 years, which makes it the longest consistently operation shaping bay in the world. What’s more, it’s a mere half mile from where he rode his very first wave as a young boy. David sat with Rich and discussed his early experiences working with a revolutionary new material, polyurethane foam, growing and evolving a business for more than half a decade, and the importance of small business.
The first board Rich Harbour shaped.
Rich’s second ever surfboard.
Another angle of Rich’s 2nd ever board.
A young Rich Harbour developing his craft.
Harbour’s influential Banana Model.
Rich is still accessible at his iconic Seal Beach shop.
In this supersized version of Surf News, David and Scott break down this weeks biggest stories. Is Sunny Garcia a one-trick pony? Will Fukushima destroy the planet? Is Greg Long the adventurer of the year? Quiksilver moons the ASP. Kook vs. Duke. And much, much more. Enjoy the show. Share your thoughts on each topic in the comment section below.
This episode is dedicated to the memory of Montgomery Ernest Thomas Kaluhiokalani, better known as Buttons. The stories here within are told by his lifelong friends Mickey Nielsen, Allen Sarlo, Mike Garrett, Dan Bigelow, Sumo Sato, Duke Aipa, and Button’s brother Noble Kaluhiokalani.
David and Scott discuss Maya Gabiera’s wipeout at Nazare, Carlos Burle’s potential record breaking ride at Nazare, the Pipeline Season opening swell, Tom Carroll’s meth addiction, the One World Ranking, and the best songs ever! Click play on the episode and scroll down to see all the videos.