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Lately, surfing has been inspiring the coolest Lego creations. And why not? These famous colorful plastic bricks and mini-figures promote so much creativity and inspiration that all of Legoland’s five Lego-themed theme parks around the world all receive approximately 1.4 million visitors per year or more.

We’ve spotted some pretty rad surf Lego designs online, and are really digging the different creations.

One of the more popular Lego creations is called “A Weekend at Surfers Cove” designed by 14-year old Eli, who hails from New South Wales, Australia, and has spent approximately 20 hours of building it.

A Weekend at Surfers Cove” creates the perfect surf spot, with an endless barreling Lego wave (and a peak simulated at 12 feet high) breaking in a sand beach. While the rider enjoys the surf line, his friends cheer him on and hang clothes and grill fish, at the surf camp.

Eli has also included a beach shack, sofas, sunbathers on towels, a camp fire, garbage, flowers, gardens, bicycles and even a rock pool.

Inspired to create your own lego surf wonderland? With the improved range of pieces and accessories, as well as other tools such as the Lego Digital Designer, you too can create surfing lego dreams.

Here are some of the cool lego designs. Which one is your favorite?

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Legendary tattoo artist Mike Giant will have his first highly anticipated solo show, “Confessions of an Old Dirty Skateboarder” at Fecalface Gallery in San Francisco. There will be an opening reception for the show tonight, July 20th (7-10pm). The artist will be present.

“Confessions of an Old Dirty Skateboarder” will feature a wide assemblage of recent drawings and also a rare opportunity to view Giant’s personal collection of skateboards he illustrated the graphics for, including boards from his early career.

“I’m a product of my generation. I grew up through the 80s and was drawn to the punk rock and hip-hop cultures simultaneously”, Giant said in a recent interview. “I threw myself in headfirst. A lot of those things were about personal expression, and also an anti-establishment attitude like, “We don’t need you, we have our own thing. That’s the backbone of who I am to this day.”

Aside from his usual array of graphic works for his brand REBEL8, San Francisco based Mike Giant has achieved fame as a graffiti artist, illustrator and tattooist. Black ink is Giant’s specialty and whether his medium is concrete, paper or skin, his signature style – inspired by Mexican folk art and Japanese illustration – is unmistakable.

Mike Giant has worked in media covering, graffiti, design, fine art, photography and tattooing, making him one of the most celebrated and versatile artists of his generation. He has shown in galleries around the world.

Beer and wine will be available at tonight’s premiere reception, and the show will run until August, 12, 2012.

For more information, go to the FFDG site at http://www.ffdg.net/index.php?%2Fnews%2F.

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From June 8-30, the School of Visual Arts in New York City is presenting a showing of legendary surf photographer Art Brewer’s photos in an installation titled Art Brewer: Surf Evolution.

Brewer, who is often described as “the court painter” for the world’s surfing elite, is known for his mastery of the numerous technical and physical challenges involved in surf photography and the strikingly expressive quality of his images. Some have described Brewer’s photos as “portals to a vastly improved universe.”

Brewer has spent four decades documenting and shaping surf culture around the globe, and this exhibit will include over 150 images from Brewer’s archive, including many never-before-exhibited works. Curated by photographers Malcolm Lightner and Michelle Mercurio, the selected work ranges from intimate portraits of surf legends like Corky Carroll, Tom Curren, Wayne Lynch, Marc Occhilupo and Kelly Slater, to evocative landscapes and waterscapes from around the world, to the dynamic images of surf riding for which Brewer has achieved international renown. The exhibition demonstrates Brewer’s pivotal role within the changing culture of the sport over the last 40 years.

A largely self-taught photographer who once studied with Ansel Adams, California native Brewer began his photo career as a teen shooting local Laguna Beach surfers and freelancing for Surfer magazine. He eventually served as staff photographer, darkroom artist and photo editor for the magazine until the mid-1980s. Brewer has since been traveling around the world in search of waves and the surfers that chase them. His photographs have been exhibited worldwide and his images have appeared in hundreds of magazines including GQ, Rolling Stone, Sports Illustrated, Esquire and Playboy. He has also done over 35 covers for Surfer magazine, and published several books including Masters of Surf Photography: Art Brewer (The Surfers Journal, 2002) and Bunker Spreckels: Surfing’s Divine Prince of Decadence (1949-1977) (Taschen Books, 2007).

The opening reception will be June 14, 2012 at 6-8 PM.

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This Wednesday, May 16, 2012 from 7pm – 10pm, action sports youth development agency Stoked Mentoring is hosting their Stoked on Spring Art & Skateboard Deck Auction: Collaborations with Artists and Stoked Youth. The mission of Stoked Mentoring is to promote personal development, academic achievement, and healthy living to under-served youth through action sports culture. Since their inception in 2005, 2,100 youth have been served. Their mission is to empower all youth with the tools and resources to succeed in the future.

The event features artwork by: Tommy Agriodimas, Royce Bannon, Peter Dean, John Gordon Gauld, Derek Kettela, Lady Pink, Kenzo Minami, Garrett Rowland, and Julian Ungano as well as collaborations with Jayson Atienza, Borbay, Billi Kid, Pete KL, Lady Pink, Jack Laroux, Marco, Alice Mizrachi, Tim Nolan, McDonald Predeleus, Jen Props, Jason Shelowitz, Monica Watkins, Tim Young, and Paul Zepeda.

Stoked On Spring will happen at Scholastic Greenhouse, 557 Broadway, New York, NY. Tickets are $75 or $350 for Benefit Committee (five tickets included).

You can purchase tickets at: stoked.org/stokedonspring.

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Surf photographers are invited to submit their applications to the Follow the Light Foundation (FTLF) for its annual $5,000 grant in honor of the late Larry “Flame” Moore. Entries must be received no later than Friday, April, 13, 2012.

Now in its seventh year, the FTLF recognizes photographers on the rise and helps fuel their vision. The FTLF was founded after Moore’s passing to help finance the dreams of up-and-coming surf photographers, and push the sport and its lensmen forward. Flame, a legendary Photo Editor of SURFING Magazine for more than three decades, made it a priority to teach and inspire anyone with a passion for photography.

During this year’s submission process, photographers will edit their images and cue it to the music of their choice. The “visual presentations” of the Top 5 finalists will then be shown at an awards night at the Shorebreak Hotel during the US Open of Surfing on Tues, July 31.

The FTLF has helped propelled the careers of many talented photographers, including 2011 recipient Duncan McFarlane, who is now a staff photographer for SURFING Magazine, 2010 recipient Morgan Maassen, a SURFER staffer and is quickly becoming the surf world’s freshest eye, and 2007 winner Matt Clark, a professional photographer based in New York, specializing in fine art surf, travel and documentary photography. Additionally, former winners Chris Burkard, Todd Glaser and Ray Collins are three of the most prolific and talented photographers in the sport today, and they all give credit to Flame and FTLF for helping their dream job come true.

To submit an application, contact Peter Taras (peter@surfingmagazine.com) or Jeremiah Klein (miahklein@s7mg.com). Applicants must be present at awards ceremony in order to win.

The application along with rules and regulations can be found on the FTLF website.

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