Rare Surf Tees celebrates the unique contribution our pioneer surfboard shapers, photographers and surf film makers made during surfing's "Golden Era" from the 50’s, 60's, 70's and 80’s.
Our mission: To preserve our past surf legend's surf artwork and faithfully reproduce them on classic t-shirts for us all to enjoy!
Check out our Bio section where you can read biographies on their rich surfing history. We are fortunate to have met many of them and are stoked that they have welcomed us into their back yards and shaping rooms to share their stories.
Our Rare Surf Tees range presents Torquay Legends: Fred Pyke, Pat Morgan, MauriceCole, Kym Thompson and Don Allcroft and also includes 'Albe Falzon Heritage Collection' - a beautiful range of photography and film poster art that Albe created in the early days.
Our vintage designs also include Simon Anderson, Shane Stedman “Shane”, Barry Bennett, Dick Van Straalen, Mitchell Rae of Outer Island, Bob Cooper and Scott Dillon. The famous Crystal Voyager Surf Movie Poster is immortalized as well.
We pay a royalty to all the shapers and our t-shirts are under licence with their approval.
In late 2014, our legend list grew with the addition of Torquay surf pioneer Vic Tantau, Newcastle's Sam Egan, Caringbah's Jackson Surfboards and Forster's Bob Brown Surfboards t-shirts.
For summer 2015/16 Nat Young joined our team with his "Nat Young Surf Designs". This was one of the few surf art decals that adorned Nat's boards back in his early years. We also welcomed Lawrie Hohensee of Hohensee Surfboards and Graham King of King Surfboards.
For Summer 2016/17 we received our new range of t-shirts from surf artist Shane Egan's portfolio of surf art from the 70's. He was the artist for many designs back in the early days of Oz surfing.
Summer 2017/18 surf legends Gary 'KONG' Elkerton, Gunther Rohn, Goodtime Surfboards, Skipp Surfboards, Deryk Hynd, Mike Davis, Len Dibben join the RST team.
Summer 2018/19 Nirvana Surfboards, Byrne Surfboards and Keith Paull tshirts arrived.
Summer 2020 we have some updated and new styles including Cheyne Horan famous surf design from his early days, Nat Young's Tibetan print from the early 70's, Outer Island's Palm and Hut Print, Pipedream from Murray Bourton and Simon Anderson's 3 Fin Thruter design all in new colours.
Keep surfing and respect the ocean.