Friday, March 16, 2012
Florida Atlantic University’s University Galleries will host a series of public programs to mark the closing of the “Surfing Florida: A Photographic History” exhibition on Saturday, May 12 from 3 to 8 p.m. in the Schmidt Center Gallery, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton campus. The event will include slide shows, a film screening, lecture and music.
Pictured above, in the center, is a promo poster designed by David Carson for the opening of SURFING FLORIDA, which is taking place on Friday, March 16, 2012. Beneath it is a Bill Whitman photo album showing images of a South Florida Tom Blake-style paddleboard, circa 1930s-1940s, courtesy of Angela Whitman. The background contains a print proof of an exhibition panel with a Tom Servais image ofCory Lopez in Tahiti, 1999 - Surfing Florida Project
“Surfing Florida” is an exhibition documenting the nearly 100-year history of surfing and surf culture in Florida through photographs by more than 60 photographers; media stations including excerpts of Hollywood films like “Gidget,” interviews with numerous important Florida surfers, and many core surf films. The exhibition also includes a collection of more than 50 surfboards — from a 1930s-era Tom Blake hollow board to a contemporary board by shaper Matt Kechele whose 1979 “Kech-Airs” were the first successful forays into the most progressive phenomena in today’s surfing, aerial surfing.