"Surfing Florida" Exhibit Opens At FAU - Boca Raton
"Surfing Florida: A Photographic History comes at a time when surfers throughout the world are beginning to seriously document this vital sport and lifestyle through books,museums and surfing history organizations. While Florida is part of this movement, it is also challenged by its reputation for lackluster surf. Yet, because of the inconsistent surf, surfers from Florida share an insatiable hunger for waves and an aggressive approach to the sport that has resulted in an incredible number of world titles for Florida’s competitive surfers and a deep cultural history. Surfing Florida seeks to foster the movement to archive and document Florida surf history through collaboration, association
and contributions from all corners of Florida’s statewide surfing community.This project is made possible in part by a grant from the Florida Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Konica Minolta is providing technical and production support for a Surfing Florida book.
Surfing Florida is an exhibition and book project that will present the history of Florida surfing and surf culture including its international dimensions. Florida surfers know that despite consistently marginal surf, the Sunshine State has produced an amazing talent pool that successfully competes globally and that the state has also contributed to the innovation and growth of the equally world-wide surf industry. Its time Florida got its props, including a book on the shelf next to the many California/Hawaii centered publications.
While it is important for the Surfing Florida project to credibly represent the state’s core surfing community, the project also seeks to communicate to less informed audiences about core values and accomplishments of the state’s many surfing communities. The project also coincides with and contributes to preservation and academic efforts that are emerging in America and overseas as modern surfing history approaches it’s 100th year. For instance students at FAU and UCF are receiving academic credit to assist in project research. "
More details about the event:
"Friday, March 16
Exhibition Introduction with
Steve Pezman, co-founder of The Surfer’s Journal
7:30 – 10 pm
LIVE MUSIC: Cutback and GuyHarvey
Saturday, March 17
History Museum / Collecting / Archiving Workshop
Intro: Steve Pezman,
co-founder of The Surfer’s Journal
* Area Historical Museum Representatives
* Representatives from Miami Surf Archive Project, Palm
Beach County Surfing History Project, Cocoa Beach Surf
Museum, Jacksonville Surfing Hall of Fame, East Coast Surfing Hall of Fame
12 – 1:30 pm Lunch break
1:30 – 3 pm
OLD SCHOOL Slide Shows & Video Film Screenings
* Darrell Jones, Bruce Walker, and Tony Arruza
4:00 – 5:30 pm
Lecture by Mark Long,
Historian, University of Central Florida
Florida’s Pre-Surfing Maritime History"
Here is a video dealing with the exhibit:
"Regardless of where you're from, if you surf, Florida's history is your history too. It may not be the first place that comes to mind when you think about the sport's roots, but the southernmost of East Coast waveriding communities has definitely made its fair share of contributions to surfing." — Alison Arteaga, Eastern Surf Magazine & Surfline.com"