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.
These iconic individuals dared to carve out a living shaping surfboards and producing awesome surf photography and surf films that inspired us to experience the a new way of life across Australia and the world...
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 Legends section where you'll find little known facts about these legendary colourful characters. 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, Klemm-Bell, Pat Morgan, Maurice Cole, 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 60’s, 70’s and 80's
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.
Our promise: Offer you superior quality vintage rare surf tees made from 100% quality cotton.
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.
Also, we have a t-shirt with Dick Hoole's photo of Michael Peterson surfing at Burleigh Heads in the 70's on the front and a tribute poem to his life on the back by David Carmichael. We also welcome Barrie Sutherland one of the West Coasts finest photographers who has captured photos of classic waves and the surf scene for over 50 years showcasing a young Wayne Lynch in a superb photo taken near Bells Beach in 1968.
Summer 2017/18 is looking even more exciting with surf legends KONG, Gunther Rohn, Goodtime Surfboards, Skipp Surfboards, Deryk Hynd, Mike Davis, Len Dibben, Richard Harvey joinng the RST team . These t-shirts are in NOW!
Keep surfing and respect the ocean.