Rich Harbour in front room of Seal Beach home, ready to leave for Hawaii
Dave Reed Honolua Bay – Christmas week 1965
While my family was preparing for another Christmas holiday, I was getting ready to head for the north shore of Oahu to get some waves both under my feet and on film. We arrived in late December and got some acceptable surf, and then the place just shut down. With no waves on the north shore, it can get really boring really fast. So we began talking about a surf adventure to a neighboring island – maybe Maui. There were rumors about great surf there but I’d only seen some mediocre waves on film shot in 1964 by Greg MacGillivray. It was at a place called Honolua Bay and the day he filmed it was marginal at best. But the surf was no better than marginal on the north shore of Oahu, so a bunch of us decided that Maui was going to be the ticket.
After arriving and securing a car and some accommodations at a youth hostel a couple of miles outside of Lahaina, we took off searching for Honolua Bay. This was years before the road was paved to it and it took traveling through some pineapple fields to get there. The waves were again marginal, but nobody else was there, so the lack of crowds was a small bonus.
Several more trips led to the same result and the car began to have fewer and fewer people in it. Finally four of us, Mark Martinson, Bill Fury, Dave Reed, and myself made the drive out there and we hit pay dirt. Six to eight foot perfect tubes like none of us had surfed before.
I shot about 4 rolls of 36 exposure slide film and several rolls of 16MM movie film, resulting in a story sold to John Severson at Surfer Magazine. This place was too easy to get to, to not be popularized and I was the one to expose it.