We borrowed the old record player and placed it in the back of the shop. I remember we had only a few albums Fleetwood Mac was the favourite. We made our own surf wax and sold it in our store.
Our first print for “The Surf Shop” is the original store with our station wagon parked outside. The print features boards on top ready for repair. Then came our breakthrough print "Beach Party" and yes it's still a real family favourite.
For a few years, we played with prints, printed on tea towels then a few shirts. In 1983 after attending a succession of surf comps and camping out at Bells Beach we decided to be more serious. The surf scene was also getting bigger and the explosion started.
Surfers became businesses and we were no longer dropouts! What we love is that we are still printing.
We didn't catch that overseas wave we stayed at home printing right here in New Zealand. And we love it.