If you are in San Francisco, California next Saturday, June 9th, check out the Board Art Benefit for SurfAid at the Driftwood Salon Art Gallery. Dozens of excellent artists from Club Of The Waves are involved, alongside many more!

Come and enjoy this one-night only event of artwork infused with the clean lines of master craftsmen from the surfing world. Kona Brewing is once again providing refreshments while live music will be provided by Humboldt County’s Likwefi.

Building on their collection of boards from the previous event held in San Diego (over half of which have now sold to collectors), new shapers and artists have been added to create unique objects of art with the surfboard as the common substrate. With styles of art ranging from pure abstraction to gritty realism, from surreal visions to the honest captures of a camera’s lens, with narratives both visual and verbal, the benefit promises to showcase one of the most unique quivers of contemporary collectable surfboards ever assembled for a single cause. Many of the boards in this collection have significant values of their own, just by virtue of the hands that crafted them.

This will be the only chance for Bay Area collectors to catch a glimpse of these incredible boards in person before they are taken to Southern California for an Auction Event that SurfAid International will be hosting later this year. All of the boards will be available for purchase at pre-auction prices with at least 50% of each sale going directly to SurfAid International to support SurfAid’s humanitarian efforts on the Mentawai and Nias islands in Indonesia.

The shapers and artists involved in Board Art Benefit San Francisco include:

Shapers: Aleks Petrovitch, Jerry Madrid, Merrick Rustia, tba, Erik Baldwin, Mike Schoen, tba, Danny Hess, Bill Johnson, Travis Reynolds, Paul Jensen, Marc Andreini, Tim Bessell, Christian Beamish, Erik Baldwin, Tim Stamps, Robert Weiner, Yohei Shiraishi, Brian Heritage, Jed Noll, Rusty Preisendorfer, John Birchum, Jeff ‘Doc’ Lausch, Mike Hynson, Terry Senate

Artists: Aleks Petrovitch, Alex Krastev, Ea Eckerman, Eric Bailey, Greg P’Nut Galinsky, John Culqui, Kevin Pincus, Kim Cogan, Lydia Martin, Patrick Trefz, Sarah Utter, Serena Mitnik-Miller, Andy Warhol, Christian Beamish, Jose Emroca, Shawn Griggs, Erik Abel, Matt Beard, Matt Long, Rick Rietveld, Robb Havassy, Ron Croci, Spencer Reynolds, Wade Koniakowsky, Heather Ritts

When: Saturday, June 9, 6-10pm

Where: Driftwood Salon is located at 39 Isis St, San Francisco, CA 94103 (near 12th and Folsom Streets)

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California Beach fiends: time’s running out to get your State Beach annual passes before the prices increase to $195. The state of California just raised the price of its annual parks pass, which gives you the right to enter and park all over the state. Due to the increase of the cost of the Annual Day Use Pass by the Department of Parks and Recreation, the $125 Frequent Visitor Level will now have the benefit of 14 Day Use Passes and the Touring Member level will increase to $195.

But, if you buy the pass from the California State Parks Foundation as their “Frequent Visitor Pass” before Friday, June 1, you’ll get it for only $125 per year.

Until June 1 you can lock in the Touring Member level for 3 years at the lower price of $175 per year and receive the Annual Day Use Pass all 3 years. The Touring Member level includes a membership to the foundation, admission and parking at 200 state parks, plus a newsletter and 10% off camping reservations. You can also join at the $125 Frequent Visitor level before June 1 and still receive the Annual Day Use Pass this year before it changes to 14 Day Use Passes, still a great value worth over $150.

Moreover, you’ll help support the California State Parks Foundation, the only statewide independent nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting, enhancing and advocating for California‘s magnificent state parks.

It’s a great deal so snag it before you no longer can’t at: https://secure3.convio.net/cspf/site/Donation2?df_id=1660&1660.donation=form1

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International Surfing Day, observed globally on June 20 is less than a month away, and has some really ramped up festivities for this year. The day is recognized as a worldwide celebration of the sport of surfing and an opportunity to give back to coastal environments. Founded in 2005 by Surfrider Foundation and Surfing Magazine, International Surfing Day has gone from just a handful of local observances in the United States to more than 200 events in 30 countries worldwide. This year’s ambassadors will be world champs Kelly Slater and Stephanie Gilmore.

New this year, The Surfrider Foundation, TransWorld SURF and SME will also be hosting a Web-a-thon on International Surfing Day.

Influenced by the Muscular Dystrophy telethons that were big in the 60s – 80s, the ISD Web-a-thon will feature a variety of guests, including pro surfers, celebrities and environmental heroes, as well as musical performances, a bikini fashion show, and dispatches from various activations around the world. The program will be streamed live on the internet and will be hosted by TransWorld SURF Editor-in-Chief Chris Cote and supermodel and swimwear mogul Susan Holmes-McKagan.

In addition to interviewing guests and covering the day’s festivities, Chris and Susan will be helping the Surfrider Foundation raise funds and supporters through their annual International Surfing Day Membership Drive. The goal is to sign up 2,000 new members as supporters to help the Surfrider Foundation.

The International Surfing Day web-a-thon begins at 9:00 AM PST on June 20th and will run until 4:00 PM PST. Viewers are encouraged to “tune in” to the following sites to watch the International Surfing Day Web-a-thon: www.intlsurfingday.com, www.surfrider.org,www.surf.transworld.net and www.smelive.com. Continue reading

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.

For more information, go to http://www.sva.edu/events/events-exhibitions/art-brewer-surf-evolution. Continue reading

Last week, Element sponsored skater Nyjah Huston won the opening contest of the Street League Skateboarding tour and the top prize of $150,000, edging out second-place EU Selection winner Bastien Salabanzi, who nearly took him out with a double kickflip front boardslide. Huston also won an additional $10,000 for best trick (landing a kickflip backside noseblunt slide).

The Street League DC Pro Tour Fueled by Monster Energy continues to present the largest purse and highest stakes in all of competitive skateboarding with 24 of the best professional skateboarders in the world competing for more than $1.6MM in prize money and the title as Street League Champion.

This was Street League win number five for Huston in three seasons of Street League. The talented 17-year-old.has earned over $1,100,000 in prize money for his feats.

The Final Results from Stop 1:
1. Nyjah Huston
2. Bastien Salabanzi
3. Chaz Ortiz
4. Paul Rodriguez
5. Chris Cole
6. Ryan Sheckler
7. Sean Malto
8. Mikey Taylor

But, it’s just the beginning so here’s the rest of the schedule for the year:

Stop Two: June 15 – 16th – Citizens Business Bank Arena, Ontario, CA
Live on ESPN2, June 16 – 9:30PM ET

Stop Three: July 14 – 15th – Jobing.com Arena, Glendale, AZ
Live on ESPN2, July 15 – 7:00PM ET

Championship: August 26th – Prudential Center, Newark, NJ
Live on ESPN2, August 26th – 5:00PM ET

We’re betting there will be a few more wins for Huston during the season. Do you agree or do you think another skater will win the next events and the overall tournament? Sound off! Continue reading