Alaia Project

Posted in: Alaia, News by Richard Harvey on January 18, 2012 | No Comments

It didn’t take long for one surfer to take advantage of the new Alaia blanks in stock. As part of the Surfboard Shapers Workshop he shaped his own in around 5 hours complete with logo, ready to surf.

For more about shaping your own Alaia check out

Venturi Effect

Posted in: News, Projects, Surfboard by Richard Harvey on January 14, 2012 | No Comments

An interesting idea presented to be built. A short board 5’6″ with a planing hull and then added nose length to 7′ plus rolled bottom with high rails. Then covered deck channels funneling air down through tubes in the centre deck and through to the bottom. The water running along the bottom pulls the air through and aerates the channels on the bottom creating lift. Fin support plates in multiple positions allow for a wide variety of position and effects for his Wave Fin patented design. Little glass side wings following the planshape at the wide point add even more bite and lift. Took a bit of discussion and planning but the result has nice lines and looks functional. Pics show the whole story.





Alaia Blanks now in stock

Posted in: News, Wooden Surfboards & Alias by Richard Harvey on | No Comments

Now have a bunch of paulownia Alaia blanks. Australian first grade quality at 25mm thick, rough sawn, 2.1 mtrs long 48 cms wide. Can glue up with cedar stringers if required. Call for more info.

Love these projects

Posted in: News, Surfboard by Richard Harvey on January 12, 2012 | No Comments

Just finished a new 10 footer, triple stringer curved balsa nose blocks, balsa tail block, balsa look panelling. Bit of a gem.

Always like it when those orders come through, people wanting to buy craftsmanship rather than at a price.

Upcoming Exhibition sneak peek

Posted in: Art, News by Richard Harvey on August 13, 2011 | No Comments

Been working on an upcoming exhibition.

Here is a sneak peek at what’s been finished so far.

“Moon over Burleigh”

“Summer Day at Cabarita”

“Coastal Banksia at North Burleigh”

“4th Avenue Burleigh Heads”

“Burleigh Corner”

Surfboard Shaping Stands

Posted in: News, Surfboard by Richard Harvey on April 9, 2011 | No Comments

Dismountable Surfboard Shaping Stands

Suitable for shaping, repairs or display.

Comes partially assembled, needs side support plates screw on (screws included)

Stable and lightweight, all timber with padded top, colour white / timber.

Size 900 mm long (when assembled), 900 mm high, 500 mm wide base

Suitable for all sized boards.

Comes boxed with screws ready to assemble.

$175 plus freight (depending on destination) See The Shop, please email for freight quote before ordering.

Carbon and Balsa Fin Plug Support Plates

Posted in: News, Surfboard by Richard Harvey on February 25, 2011 | No Comments

That’s quite a mouth full, Carbon and Balsa Fin Plug Support Plates. But this is how it works. Plugs, particularly the side plugs take all the impact, and as most plugs don’t have any sideways support, this ends up with broken plugs. So some plug manufacturers have developed plugs which incorporate support, but have only fixed angles in which the plug can be installed. So to overcome this dilemma I have designed a two part installation. The base gets glassed in when the bottom is laminated, this base is a similar shape to an existing system so no new jigs are required. Then the plugs are installed when the board is finished being glassed. The advantage of this two step installation is that the angle of the plugs can be adjusted for variation in the bottom designs, such as concaves or bonzers. The balsa base gives greater strength than hi density foam as the fibre directs the energy lengthways, and the carbon surface gives lateral support. Great looking, easy to install and uses standard, readily available plugs. A winner all round. Soon to be available for sale to manufacturers.

Recent art commission

Posted in: Art, News by Richard Harvey on February 19, 2011 | No Comments

An early walk along the beach at sunrise. What a great way to start the day. Recent commission, acrylic on canvas 40″ x 30″, on it’s way to Melbourne.

Gold Coast Cumulonimbus

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Queensland, as you would have heard, has recently been battered by cyclones and floods, but fortunately, the Gold Coast was spared. A classic cumulonimbus cloud showing the way clouds work was sitting over Surfers Paradise the other day. Thought you might find it interesting.


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A red longboard, a picture tells a thousand words.