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Harbour Cruise

New book and charity auction celebrate the 50-year life and surfboards of Rich Harbour.

Updated: June 14, 2010, 6:38 PM ET
By Jake Howard

The old templates hanging from the wall, the aged sanding blocks on a foam-dusty shelf, and a rack of unshaped blanks of varying size and construction. 29,000 boards and counting. A walk through Rich Harbour's board-building operation at 329 Main St. in Seal Beach -- the oldest continuously operating shape room in the country -- isn't just a nostalgic stroll through California surf history, it's the living embodiment.

First picking up a planer in his parent's garage in the late '50s, ...

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