If It Weren’t For Alice

It was Rich’s mom Alice who asked him why he didn’t try one of those surfboards she had been seeing on the beach instead the canvas surf-mat that he had been riding.  So it was Alice who got him into surfing.

A note from Rich to his mom / working at the umbrella stand, Seal Beach / 1956

A note from Rich to his mom / working at the umbrella stand, Seal Beach / 1956

She supported Rich both morally and financially when he dropped out of college for a life of surfboard making.  She (and his dad) loaned him at age 18, enough money to rent a retail store and take out a business license.

She did Harbour’s book keeping when the retail store opened in 1962 and continued for 33 years.  As business at the shop took off, Alice came by almost daily and kept the young crew in line while Rich shaped in the back.

If it weren’t for Alice, Harbour Surfboards may not have ever been.

You’ve been gone for seven years now, but Alice, we haven’t forgotten you.  Happy mother’s day!

Rich's mom Alice / cir. 1970's

Rich’s mom, Alice / cir. 1970s

 

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