After bouts with osteoarthritis and pneumonia, Rich is back in his favorite place to be – the shaping bay at Harbour Surfboards.
All photos by Brian Kucera
We have a couple 1966 Bananas that we just got in stock that are looking..well, check them out for yourself! Now, you’re probably wondering what’s the difference between a “1966 Banana” and a “Classic.” I was wondering the same thing so I had Rich give me a little feedback on this “1966 Banana”. Here’s what he had to say…
Thick: 3 1/4″
Wide: 22 1/4″
Thickness: 3 3/8″
The blue “Classic” on the left is 9’10” and the “1966 Banana” on the right is a 10’0″ but it’s close enough for a visual comparison. Notice the “Classic” has a more pulled in tail, smaller tail block, is wider at the mid-point, and wider through the nose. The “1966” Banana has a straighter/narrower outline.
The “Classic” at 10’0″ is:
Tail: 14 1/2″
Wide: 22 3/4″
Thick: 3 3/8″
Nose: 17 1/4″
SIDE BY SIDE COMPARISON…
10’0″ x 14 1/2″ x 22 3/4″ x 3 3/8″ 17 1/4″
“1966 Banana” Dimensions:
10’0″ x 15″ x 22 1/4″ x 3 3/8″ x 16″
What can I expect out of these boards?
The “1966 Banana” is literally that…a Banana from 1966. These boards tend to have a pretty narrow and straight outline and a flatter rocker. This one will definitely set trim pretty easily. Breaking that trim, or in other words, turning this board, will be a bit more challenging than any other board in our lineup at the same length. If you have a sense of humor, then you’ll have fun on this one. And yes, it noserides but not as well as our “Noserider” model.
The “Classic” was designed in the 80’s using all of the knowledge gained through the longboard years of the 60’s, this board has the glide that was so important, and a turn that rivals the best design from that era. This one has more curve in the outline than the 1966 Banana.This is a great board for someone who wants the best of everything from those golden years.
What kind of rails do these boards have?
Both boards have 50/50 rails that are full. These boards are stable.
Where do you see these boards performing the best?
Both will perform well at San Onofre, Cardiff, or Bolsa Chica on a peaky day. Maybe Rincon, Malibu, or Trestles with nobody out! Lot’s of people in the lineup means more maneuvering around them while going down the line. These boards will not maneuver very quickly so good luck dodging the crowd at first peak, Malibu on these.
Who would benefit most from this board?
A “1966 Banana” would benefit a better-than-average surfer looking for something different and challenging.
A “Classic” would benefit an average to better-than-average surfer looking for a novelty ride that is challenging but not as challenging as the “1966 Banana”.
Think of surfing the “1966 Banana” like driving an old Cadillac from 1966 without power steering. It’s going to take a some effort to crank a turn, it’s heavy, and you’ll probably pearl it if you take it into any waves that are fast and/or steep. However, once you get the hang of it, it’s a lot of fun!
The “Classic” is for the person looking to ride an old school log. It’ll be easier to turn and maneuver than the “1966 Banana” but it still won’t turn like a contemporary cruiser. Don’t worry, it won’t bite you!
Feel free to give us a call at (562) 430-5614 or e-mail us at email@example.com and we’d be more than happy to assist you with any questions you may have.
“There may be something to be had with riding equipment that doesn’t make surfing easier. Surfing ancient equipment that is difficult to ride is an achievement in itself.”
Here are few pics taken by friend and neighbor, Beverly Wimer (thank you Beverly!) on Christmas day , 2011. I was riding the 8th St. peak with Julio and it was just a gorgeous small to medium sized day. I went in after this wave and Tres (Walter) Focht was just paddling out. Everyone else must have been home opening presents cuz the crowd was very light and the vibe in the water was very mellow. I really love how these capture the atmosphere of an exceptionally beautiful December day. As always Harb, thank you for all the great boards !
Surfers are invited to honor the founder of Surfline on Jan. 7 in Huntington Beach.
A memorial paddle out to honor Surfline.com founder Sean Collins will take place Jan. 7 near the Huntington Beach Pier.
The paddle out will start at 11 a.m. and last about 30 minutes, according to a Facebook announcement.
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.
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!