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Aussie Smiley Face T-shirts

Posted in: News, Uncategorized by Richard Harvey on May 29, 2008

Just incase you missed seeing these in the gallery there are a small 

limited number left in assorted sizes from the original limited 
print run of only 20. AU $39.95 each plus $5.00 postage. 
Available in black only, all numbered
For more details and available sizes please email
HUEY – The Surf Tiki

Posted in: News, Uncategorized by Richard Harvey on May 27, 2008

A short break was just what I needed to generate some inspiration. Even though I lay in bed at night with my mind rattling at a hundred thoughts per hour, the days away at Crescent were a great time to make a mental list of what I need to accomplish over the next few weeks.

Starting with a large piece called Huey – The Surf Tiki, which I have just finished, I decided rather than send it out to get scanned, I would use my small office scanner, do 8 sectional scans then fit them together and make some adjustments to the final piece. This allowed me more control over the final image. I’m happy with the result. A light hearted theme with bright and passionate colours, Huey – The Surf Tiki’s beat excites the primates out of their trees. The land and the sea pulse to the vibrations of his drum. 
Only 100 signed and numbered limited edition prints on archival paper at 30″ x 24″ will be reproduced. The original is not for sale.
Huey – The Surf Tiki reproductions can be pre-ordered to secure your copy.
Price AU $150.00 including Australian postage and comes packaged in a strong cardboard tube.
International postage depends on the destination. For a larger version and further details please email:
Photos from Crescent Head

Posted in: News, Uncategorized by Richard Harvey on May 25, 2008

Barry Stark and Jack Eden find a shady spot to chat about old times.
Mates share the slow walk back after a great session.
A comfortable spot with a good view as the low winter sun sparkles across the inside point.
Salt air floats in the late afternoon sun as shadows begin to lengthen over Crescent Head beach.
Crescent Head Longboard Contest

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Somethings never seem to change, while some on the other hand…

After our five hour drive down from Queensland we booked into a motel, just on the outskirts of town. It was a 70′s mediterranean style, rendered concrete with arches, all painted fresh white with a small balcony overlooking the car park. The pool in the corner of the garden was covered in blue plastic which made it look cold enough to have an iceberg floating in it. As we were checking in, a surfer from the unit next door was checking out. Seems he hadn’t been to Crescent for quite a while either, said it was always too crowded with longboard riders, sometimes up to twelve in the water at one time. He couldn’t believe his luck or lack of it when he realized the Crescent Head Longboard Contest with it’s 450 longboard competitors was in town. Talk about stepping into the fire.
Vans and tents filled all available campsites as we drove past the country club and in to check the waves. Either side of the parking lot along the point was filled with surf vehicles of all shapes and values. Longboards protruded out from converted campers and more were laid orderly along the wooden railing beside the grass, some collectors pieces with high price tags. The winter sun was sparkling across the bay and swell poured in around the tip of Crescent Headland. The waves ran mechanically following the curved rock line then swept all the way past the creek mouth and down the beach. Absolutely spectacular. 
Nothing had really changed, it was reminiscent of nearly every other time I had been here, the last probably thirty years ago. The point was just the same as I remember it, long lines exploding on the back of the headland, some swells running wide and missing the point proper. The middle sized waves being the ones to catch. They just got bigger as they went down the line. 
The contest was an extravaganza. Kids, mums, daughters, over 65′s and everyone in between, they were all here and most were surfing in a division. We found a spot to park not too far from the point and went for a wander along the grass that borders the rocks. A colourful array of longboards lined the grass and salty sunbleached faces hide behind dark sunnies and straw hats. Every now and then someone would call out my name and then after seeing my face with a blank expression when I looked at them, would introduce themselves. People change a lot in 40 years, mainly hair loss, but after a few minutes of chatting the memories slowly forge out of the fog and the stories and re-collections start flowing. Friendships re kindled.
For most the re-connection to the glory days of our youth was what this weekend was all. Some of the younger hotter longboard riders surfed beautifully on traditionally shaped boards. They loved the style and the spirit that came from the golden era of surfing. You have heard it all before, were the wind was always offshore and the waves was always up. Everyone had a story of great waves and surfing as well as some trips or mischief we shared. Most had been coloured slightly to enhance the details, and some that were re-countered I couldn’t remember for the life of me. Ah, the cobwebs of the mind.
Crescent Heads, I once wrote in the seventies, was a sleepy little village, often only a whistle stop on the drive between Sydney and Queensland. Once Monday comes back around it will return to it again, much to the relief of the locals. Although I’m sure surfers like Kenno and a few of the others that have moved there in recent years to enjoy the peace and quiet of Crescent appreciate the company even if only for the weekend.

Posted in: News, Uncategorized by Richard Harvey on May 21, 2008

The shapers Workshop has been established to share skills to those who want to learn the art of surfboard shaping. In an industry that has been very reluctant to share its knowledge, the majority of surfboard manufacturing is now either machine shaped or sent overseas causing a void where interested people have nowhere to learn shaping skills. This is where the Shapers Workshop steps in.

The Surfboard Shapers Modules are being conducted by Richard Harvey in his shaping studio at 63 Lower West Burleigh Road Burleigh Heads. Here is some background on Richard Harvey.

Richard has lived through the heart of the evolution of surfing in Australia. He started learning about the ocean and its power as a boy on holidays at Manly in the 50s and 60s and later when his family moved to Mona Vale on Sydney’s northern beaches.

In his early teens Richard joined the local surfriders club and began his competitive surfing career. He competed in events across the country and in 1973 went on to win the Australian Open title. This led to surfing competitions in Hawaii like the Pipeline Masters and the Duke Kahanamoku Hawaiian Surfing Classic. His desire to surf the best waves in the world has taken him all around the globe. But Richard is probably best known for uncovering some of the classic breaks at Bali before they became popular. He once paddled and walked his way back from Uluwatu to Kuta along the coastline discovering the magical surfing playground that is now known as Padang Padang.

Richard has more than 40 years of shaping experience which he uses to create his hand-crafted boards. His shaping career started as a teenager in Sydney in the 60s when he used a saw to take the front two feet off a nine-foot board which he then used in the New South Wales Championships. His ‘Ugly’ board, as it became known, drew plenty of laughs but the turns kept coming and he went on to take third in the event.

This idea spawned his enthusiasm for shaping and he has since gone on to shape thousands of boards in Australia and around the world. Nowadays his focus is on designing and making handcrafted boards that stand out from the crowd.

For more info on the Shapers Workshop email

Shapers Workshop

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