Surf Evolution: 100 Years of Vintage Wooden Surfboards

Surf Evolution: 100 Years of Vintage Wooden Surfboards

Surf Evolution: 100 Years of Vintage Wooden Surfboards is an exhibition showcasing “when boards were made of wood and men were made of steel”.

The opening reception will take place on Thursday, June 19th from 5pm until 7:30pm. It will be free and all members of the public are invited to pop along and meet the collectors.

“Surf Evolution – 100 years of Vintage Wooden Surfboards” will be located at the Exhibit Space at 1132 Bishop St. The exhibit is being curated by surf historian Mark Fragale, surf promoter and vintage surf auction organizer Randy Rarick, and made possible by the submissions of over a dozen island collectors. This once- in-a-lifetime surfing exhibition brings focus to the history of the wooden surfboard up to the cusp of the introduction of the foam boards in the late 1950′s.

Before plastic, the authentic first surfboards were made of wood. Crafted with crude tools, the designs evolved, as did the construction techniques. For over half a century the evolution of the wood surfboards reflected the changing nature of surfing itself. Boards with a heart of wood reached their zenith in the late 1950′s, prior to the introduction of the modern foam surfboard.

The exhibition will feature approximately 35 surfboards that range from ancient, turn-of-the-century boards to post-WWII balsa wood creations. Among the collection: a 16-foot redwood paddleboard that was worked on by Duke Kahanamoku himself; a Tom Blake designed “cigar box” hollow paddleboard; an early “hot curl” board crafted by George Downing and Wally Froiseth; a Joe Quigg post-modern balsa; and an original “Surfboards Hawaii” model shaped by Dick Brewer that helped to usher in the “big gun” era on the North Shore of Oahu. Displayed with each board will be an explanation of its historical significance and timeline.

Dates & Times:

June 20 through August 25, 2008.

Monday through Friday: 8:00am – 5:00pm; Saturday, 8:00am – 2:00pm; Closed Sundays

Entry is free.

Parking: Free validated parking for 1/2 hour in the visitor area under 1132 Bishop St.

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