December 28, 2011


Filed under: Harbour

Sean Collins was a hot little gremmie surfer from Surfside when he first got on my surf team in the seventies. Through the eighties he remained an active team member.

Sean’s dad had a sailboat and he and Sean would sail together, many times along the Baja coast. Sean would talk him into investigating possible surf spots that looked good on charts. Sean ended up surfing spots that were basically inaccessible by car and obviously, all to himself. But looking at charts was not the only thing he did. He figured that the best swells in the summer came from the southern hemisphere and he spent endless hours on the short wave radio trying to get information. He finally figured it all out and was able to predict when a south swell would arrive.
He also mastered when the swell would arrive whose origins were in the ocean off of Alaska. I’ll never forget when one winter day early in the week, Sean came by the shop. He said that a huge swell was on its way and would hit Seal Beach around noon on Friday. So typically, we surf hungry surfers got up at dawn Friday morning to be the first ones out. But it was flat as a lake – not a wave in sight. Everybody split grumbling things like, “Sean doesn’t know crap about wave forecasts.” So I was going home for lunch, and this Friday I just happened to take the long way home and check out the surf anyway. And what I saw was HUGE. Sean predicted it to the hour of arrival. I was so impressed and stoked. I got my board and got some big South Side waves in Seal Beach almost to myself.
Sean turned this talent of forecasting into a very successful business. Some people credit today’s crowds in the water that no one likes to Sean – too bad. Forecasting was inevitable, and I feel it’s stupid to blame him. He was just the Maverick that blazed the first trail and I admire him for this more than words can say. There were no books or knowledge about wave forecasting. He figured it out all by himself.
His passing on Monday, the day after Christmas was a great shock to the entire world of surfing. He was too young and athletic to succumb to such a sudden end to his life. I will miss him greatly.

October 31, 2011

Check out this video!

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Our Team Rider, TJ Ridings made this video “Triangles: Harbour Surfboards” as one of his first projects in his film class. Check it out! It’s got some killer scenes of the Seal Beach Pier after it was torn in half in the late 80′s, Honolua bay, and Rich Harbour shaping!

Halloween Log Jam!

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Congrats to our newest staff member, Scotty “Foreman” Sousa for taking 1st PLACE in the Open men’s Longboard Division and our long-time team rider, Lloyd Vanvorce for taking 1st PLACE in the Senior Men’s Longboard Division! A solid finish for the Harbour Surfboards Team!

October 21, 2011

The Plantain is here

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Just in from glassing

We expect it to be in the water tomorrow.

October 12, 2011

Seal Beach Massacre

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There’s an eerie stillness here in Seal Beach. All you can hear the sound of the constant helicopter hoovering above and I’ve had KNX 1070 playing through my laptop all afternoon, describing how the event played out. No matter how many times I hear it, I still can’t believe it. I’m not going to even bother with the “why?” in this event right now…all I know is we’re blessed to live to see another day and I will take it for what it is. Thank you to all those that called in and checked on us. We’re fine.

Our prayers go out to the friends and families of those innocent people that were taken from us today. Peace…please.

See the ABC 7 report here.

October 6, 2011

The Plantain

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It is sweet, but not a Banana. Transitional 50/50 rail to hard tail rail. Soft concave under a wider nose with double barrel concaves at the tail. Almost a rounded pintail that has been squared off with very soft corners. A while back we made one out of EPS/Epoxy that was a bit on the light side. This one’s polyurethane/polyester.

September 2, 2011

Final touch up

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Detail work before glassing balsa board

Final touch up

August 16, 2011

Shaping room action

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After months of collecting the wood and gluing the 23 pieces together, the shaping has begun. After roughing out the rails, zeebrawood nose and tail blocks are in order.

July 23, 2011

Bidding is Now Open!

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Rich is over on the Islands for the 2011 Hawaiian Islands Vintage Surf Auction…Check out this 1963 Harbour Big Wave Gun! Auction (online too!) begins today!

July 13, 2011


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This olive green one is headed to Ted Rice’s new shop in Rhode Island!

Stock for our shop

Stock for our our shop

Stock for our shop

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