'The Board Aquatic' Revealed As Symbolic Fifth Surfboard On Parade

"Surfboards on Parade" collaboration board featuring shaper Mike Huseman and artist Carole Akins (Photo by Lauren Lloyd)

The clouds lifted just in time for the fifth "Surfboards on Parade" unveiling in Huntington Beach on Saturday, April 26, this time at Hoag Health Center and featuring not one but 22 artists. With a mission to eradicate skin cancer, the ongoing exhibition pairs shapers with artists, creating the ultimate canvas—a surfboard. The fifth board stands as a symbol of cancer survival, given that both the shaper and 21 of the 22 artists have reigned victorious over the disease.

Saturday's unveiling timed perfectly with the ribbon cutting for Hoag's new expansion of its center on Beach Boulevard, which offers a range of oncology services. The snip of the scissors sent attendees inside for the lifting of the black cloak, revealing a 9'2" board beautifully shaped by Mike Huseman of HB-based Faction Surfboards.

Hoag Executive Operations Director Dori Holnagel said while introducing Huseman and artist Carole Akins, "Carole would rather not be standing up here." As furrowed brows appeared in the audience, Holnagel explained, "She wants no credit for this board. She did not paint it." Akins voluntarily launched and heads the longtime Creative Expressions class at the center, which helps cancer patients express themselves through art. Joining in the parade, a total of 21 cancer survivors help appropriately adorn Huseman's board with colorful fish.

The grand unveiling celebration of all 27 boards happens this Thursday, May 1, at the HB Art Center, where attendees can view the complete board collection, nibble on bites by Duke's and mingle with shapers, artists and other big names in surf from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the kickoff reception cost $25 and are available online. "Surfboards on Parade" beneficiaries include Hoag, Rotary Club of HB, HB Art Center and the International Surfing Museum.

Shaper Mike Huseman and artist Carole Akins (Photo by Lauren Lloyd)

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