From the beginning, Rich Harbour was blessed with an
affinity for woodworking an an eye for design. And while
his first board may have been crude, by 1961 local ripper
Denny Buell was already asking him to shape his boards.
Then, in 1963, equipped with a $2,000 loan from his
parents, he opened a surf shop at 329 Main Street in
Seal Beach, the same location his store sits todya over
40 years later.
PHOTO: Sharon Ann Marshall
it wasn't until 1967 when he brought in Robert August
to shape some new, shorter boards that the business
began to evolve. It was a time of great change, and
surfboards were getting dramatically smaller. During
the next decade he focused heavily on rocker, thickness
and outline foils.
the 1980's and harkened a return to his longboard designing
roots. Experiments and refinements in modern longboard
shapes, specifically v-bottoms, tail rocker and a unique
channel nose concept dominated his attention.
spent the 1990's and early 2000's developing pro models,
tweaking conventional boards, refining fin foils and
fomulating blank plugs for Clark Foam.