Surfboards On Parade 2016 Unveils Its Epic Quiver

Surfboards On Parade 2016 Unveils Its Epic Quiver

Following the wave of success of its inaugural march in 2014, Surfboards on Parade returns for its second installment in 2016, featuring 20 legendary shapers and 20 acclaimed artists. Kicking off the parade on Thursday, June 16, at 6 p.m., 18 surfboards will drop in at the Kimpton Shorebreak Hotel before gliding to their sponsored locations throughout downtown Huntington Beach. This unique, four-month-long surf art exhibition fosters an epic blend of our surf lifestyle and creative culture—and continues the battle to eradicate skin cancer, our country's most common cancer.

Tickets to Thursday's VIP Kickoff Reception are available online ($28) and at the door ($35), and afford guests the chance to mingle with the artists, the shapers, and surfing legends; sample bites from Duke's, Ola Mexican Kitchen, Old Crow Smokehouse, and Lemonade; and be the first to witness the quiver's long awaited unveiling.

June 16 marks one of only two chances to experience the boards all in one place, the second being the ultimate culmination—the Night of a Million Waves Gala at Paséa Hotel & Spa on October 7. Each of at least 20 boards will be auctioned off to the highest bidder through a worldwide live auction. 

Presented by Rotary Club of HB, the participatory exhibition benefits not only its presenter, but also Orange Coast Memorial Foundation, HB Art Center, and HB International Surfing Museum. Funds raised will support skin cancer screening events, community outreach and education in our schools, and prevention tips to help truly eradicate skin cancer for our children, grandchildren, and future generations. Rotary HB will also donate money to the universally accessible playground set to grace our sands.

We caught up with "Grand Marshal" Jodi McKay of Event Fusion to find out what to expect this year.

1) Main & PCH: What's new for Surfboards on Parade 2016?

Jodi McKay: The level of talent this year is simply amazing! Shapers are artists in their own right and have shaped works of art as the canvas for the artists. It's interesting to see so many artist media choices, such as paint pens, acrylic, styrofoam, paper, metal, resin, canvas, and sand, to name a few.

This year we wanted to keep the art exhibit centrally located so folks could actually get their steps in and walk to all of the art installations. To start, there will be seven host locations in Pacific City, as well as at the Waterfront Beach Resort, Paséa Hotel & Spa, Hyatt Regency Resort & Spa, Kimpton Shorebreak Hotel, and Huntington Surf & Sport. We will have a collaboration at Duke's and Sandy's, and then in July extend up Main Street around the U.S. Open of Surfing with some surprise unveilings!

Embracing our new community partners and honoring our longtime community partners was important to us, and we worked hard at finding the right balance.

2) Most exciting shaper-artist collaborations?

Greg Noll, nicknamed "Da Bull" by Phil Edwards in reference to his physique and way of "charging" down the face of a wave, is an American pioneer of big wave surfing and is also acknowledged as a prominent longboard shaper. In honor of his father, his son Jed Noll has shaped a replica of the master's big wave gun surfboard, with the spiritual art of their family's lifetime friend, Rick Reitveld.

Musician, former pro surfer, and environmentalist Jack Johnson has given us a board from his personal quiver, ridden and signed by him. Fellow North Shore resident and artist Christie Shinn plays tribute to his love of teaching children and their parents on how to grow their own food, and educating them on sustainable local food programs.

Local shaper Tim Stamps asked his childhood friend and local artist Steve Fawley to collaborate with him in a way that represented our local surfing heritage. Tim shaped a replica of the surfboard from the Edward Shumpert 1976 sculpture, which began the City of Huntington Beach's Public Art Program. Steve has used four-ounce canvas as his medium showcasing our local iconic Kanvas by Katin. 

Sons of legends Ben Aipa and Doc Paskowitz, Duke Aipa and Joshua Paskowitz have created a beyond soulful tribute to their fathers in a piece call "Legacy of Aloha." The energy from this board is so powerful, you can feel the love and the story behind it.

Coming this summer:

Rusty Preisendorfer, founder of Rusty, one of the sport's largest surfboard and surf wear labels, and Letty Nowak, whose portraits are vehicles for abstract painting and representational, will debut their tribute board of dominant international surf industry figure Peter "PT" Townend, who is celebrating the 40th anniversary of becoming the first World Surf Champion. 

And imagine that same year, in 1976, Jericho Poppler became the first woman's World Surf Champion. In a sentimental tribute to women in surfing, Barbara Bayes, a photographer who traveled with Jericho, Rell Sunn, and other women on tour in that era are recreating her photographs and memories by painting them on a board shaped by Patty G. Ryan.

3) What's the curation process for selecting shapers and artists?

Actually, we had a waiting list for new talent from 2014, which is amazing, and several artists and shapers from 2014 asked to come back in 2016. Beyond that we started looking for artists and shapers that would stay true to our vision of having soulful layered collaborations to keep that "talk story" vibe.

All of the boards in the 2016 quiver have similar stories of how the inspiration came to be—by artists and shapers that have somehow touched each other's lives—and were brought together to create these one-of-a-kind art collaborations.

4) How can the community get involved?

Support our events throughout the summer and help share our story—and definitely go see all of the boards in their host locations and support these venues that have been so wonderful to support our cause in this participatory art exhibit.

Surfboards on Parade 2014 raised more than $100,000. Let's break another record, HB! Grab a "Surfari Guide" from the Visitor's Kiosk, Duke's, HB Art Center, HB International Surfing Museum, Pacific City, or any other sponsor location, and walk downtown to meet each board.

Follow Surfboards on Parade on Facebook and Twitter for updates.

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