harbour surfshop


Robert in the doorway of Harbour SurfshopIn 1959 Rich Harbour went into his parents’ garage with a saw and a piece of foam.  Since then, more than 30,000 surfboards have been created.  After more than fifty years Harbour Surfboards  has become the world’s oldest surfboard manufacturing shop in it’s original location, and is still a vital driving force within the surfing industry today.

In the fall of 1962 Rich needed to expand his space and decided to move in to 329 Main Street in Seal Beach, California.  The initial showroom was around 10 feet deep and 20 feet wide, used for selling boards and sandals.  Decades ago he entrusted Robert Howson and his staff to continue the legacy of the surf shop.  Since then the store has grown and expanded with all the changes in surf culture over the years.

The surf shop has always been hallowed ground.  It is a place where ideas are exchanged, surfboards are designed and built, lifelong friendships are made, and stories are told (some of which are true!).  It is  a place to belong to.  It becomes a part of you.

We are working hard to bring the in-store Harbour experience to you online.

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