November 29, 2008

The 5 curly redwood / balsa project continues

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I spent about 3 hours cutting one 7 x 12 x 99 inch log in half. My first cut was with a Skil saw which doesn’t quite get halfway. Then came the Sawzall. Because the moisture content was over 40%, the kerf left by the blade kept filling up with wet saw dust. This jammed it up.

This is with the Sawzall

After I had cut from each end where the two templated pieces came close, there was about 12″ left that I chose to hand saw.

November 26, 2008

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November 22, 2008

Progress report on Balsa/Curly Redwood project

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The redwood arrived from Northern California and I have finally got the templates ready for cutting out the wood and chambers.

The balsa has been here for a couple of months

It’s time to lay out the stringer templates on the old growth redwood. These huge blocks measure over 22″ wide by 3 1/2″ thick by 11′-0″ long and are nearly flawless. Redwoods live 500-700 years and some are documented to over 2,000 years old!


Now I’m getting to the curly redwood. This is what violin makers refer as “fiddle-back”. The grain runs through it in (and fittingly so) waves.

Here is my pride and joy that hangs on my living room wall. It is surfboard #20,000 and is an example of what the 5 boards that I am making will look like. The only difference is that they will not have that T-Band dividing the curly redwood rail. I have included larger (and more expensive) curly redwood for these five.

November 15, 2008

Last Summers Boating Trip 02 – We did some SUPing too …..

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Dear Rich,

Greg Escalante brought his 9-10 SUP diamondtail (the one you made for him last spring) along for the trip. We considered not bringing it due to its size and how awkward it was to move it around the deck of the Dirigo II. We ended up lashing it to the rail and hoping for the best and it really turned out to be a great asset for everyone aboard. It was very handy as a tender for moving people and stuff to and from the shore. Here is our top deckhand, Isabella Escalante coming in to the beach at Desperations on her dads’ board (all photos Elva De Jarnett)

It was really fun in the small but high quality waves – here is Greg on a perfect little insider – styling.

I borrowed it later and caught a couple – here is a short ride

and here is a longer one

Looking back at these pictures now I must remark on how clean the water flow is off that board, I guess after 50 years of designing surfboards you must have learned a few things …. anyway the board performed really well and as you can see we had a blast riding it. After the intense core workout of all that SUPing we had to take a break, and here you can see here how wired our expedition leader Len Daniello of Horizons West Adventures has these trips. Here is shot of Michael and myself kicking it under a shade structure that Len brought. Totally surfed out, we had shade, cold drinks and great food waiting for us on a pristine deserted beach.

It is amazing to me that this kind of ocean/wilderness experience is STILL possible in southern California. I have flown around the world on surf trips only to find myself in waiting in line for waves at a so called “exotic and inaccessible” surfspot. Upon my return to SoCal i would reflect that I had not REALLY escaped from the crowds and the social pressures of surfing in them. These trips to the offshore islands succeed every time in getting me into a different mindset relative to waves, other surfers, and life in general.

But I digress, we also used the SUP for touring – here is my fellow deckhand Michael Knowlton setting off to explore the coastline at one of our anchorages.

I will close this post with this line up shot

When I started visiting these islands 12 years ago I came looking for surf, now I return for moments like the one shown in this picture, standing on an empty coast far from civilization and having a true adventure with my dearest friends and family.

keep it moist,


November 12, 2008

Harbour Surf Day 2008

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Harbour enthusiasts gathered for the annual Harbour Surfboards Surf Day last Saturday. The Orange County Register was also there reporting on the event! Click to read today’s paper’s article.

November 11, 2008

What An Honor!

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Monday night Rich Harbour was presented with a proclamation from the city of Seal Beach. As a testament to his contributions to the city, Rich was recognized as a local surf legend and longtime business owner. In his acceptance speech, Rich spoke of how the Harbour Surfboards triangle logo is practically synonymous with Seal Beach and can be recognized on any beach in the world as a symbol of the city. He also thanked the city, his family and business partner Robert Howson for their support. Surfline’s (and fellow Seal Beach resident) Sean Collins was also present and came to the podium to share a few stories about how Rich and Harbour Surfboards had influenced his love of surfing and ultimately his career path as a wave forecaster.

Rich center with Robert Howson (left) and Sean Collins (right)

November 9, 2008

Last summers boating trip post 01 …..

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Dear Rich,

Since the water just dropped 10 degrees and winter is finally here, it seemed like a good time to go through some of last summers pics from our boating trip to the local offshore islands. In August, we sailed on the topsail Schooner Dirigo II out of Long Beach, myself working as first mate to the skipper Bob Wilder and Horizons West expedition leader Len Daniello. An elegant craft, she is 73 feet long , built in 1939 at Boothbay, Maine. Here she is anchored up outside one of the surfspots we visited, lets call it “Desparations”. This is our “100 ton” skipper, Bob trimming his Harbour HP through a little inside drainer 118 miles from the Harbour shop. (all Photos: Elva De Jarnett)

Captain Bob at Desparations 2008

This spot is a really a fun small wave that breaks on a cobblestone reef. Winds blow side-offshore all day and the water was crystal clear and about 68 degrees F. We had it all to ourselves for a few days. It never got much bigger that this…..

MdJ at desparations august 2008

but we surfed our brains out. My Good friend Michael Knowlton’s face sez it all here – it was like a small wave smörgåsbord and it was just a question of how much your could eat……sun exposure was an issue hence the embarrassing hats. Michael here is riding a 10-0 wingpin and I am riding a 9-2 winger as well.

Harbour Regular Greg Escalante also came along the trip – here he is riding his 9-0 wingpin.

I have some SUP stuff that i will post later – to finish this post – here is another short sequence of me at desperations – I wish I still weighed 150 – I might fit into this little tube more easily……

Keep it moist,


November 7, 2008

Limited Edition

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I shaped one this morning and it went to the glass shop this afternoon.

Planing the glue line

Sanding the flats

Screen the rail

November 1, 2008

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Happy Anniversary! We are very proud to announce that our year long 50th anniversary celebration begins today. Please come down to the shop and check out our Limited Edition surfboard model and tons of new merchandise commemorating this major milestone. We have also posted a very special slide show on our website homepage featuring 50 years of our surfing history.