‘Women Of Surfing’ Exhibit In Huntington Beach Puts Spotlight On Female Surfers, Artists

By Laylan Connelly
The Orange County Register

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) A spotlight will be put on female surfers and artists at the “Women of Surfing: Art & History” exhibit opening Saturday, July 22, at the Huntington Beach Art Center, with an event that will draw dozens of female surf influencers from around the world to showcase their work and tell their stories.

The Orange County Register

There are the surfers girls who changed the culture — including a petite boy-crazed teen who sought out waves in Malibu and whose escapades captivated a worldwide audience; and the females decades ago who more quietly-yet-tirelessly changed the sport by breaking barriers in and out of the water.

There’s the 18-year-old water photographer who bobs for hours at heavy surf breaks in Australia to get just the right shot; and there’s one of the first women photographers, now in her 50s, to capture images using waterproof housing to protect her camera. Both are fans of each other’s work and are about to meet for the first time.

And there’s the female pro surfer — one of the best in the world — who out of the water has a lesser-known talent and passion for art inspired by her love for the ocean.

A spotlight will be put on female surfers and artists at the “Women of Surfing: Art & History” exhibit opening Saturday, July 22, at the Huntington Beach Art Center, with an event that will draw dozens of female surf influencers from around the world to showcase their work and tell their stories.

The installation, on display through Sept. 2, is the second in a three-part series the Art Center is doing to celebrate the contribution of women in the art world.

“For the surfing industry, the women artists are really under-recognized,” said exhibit curator Phil Roberts, a 40-year surf artist who lives in Costa Mesa. “There’s so many of them who are extremely gifted. … Just to have them all together in this large of a setting is a powerful statement. A lot of the men artists I know, successful surf artists, would not have made the cut in this show because the quality of the work here is at such a high level.”

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