TEMPLES OF STOKE
A Celebration of Surf Shop Culture
For well over half a century surf shops have served as the de facto gathering place for surfers. Not only a place to buy a new board or pick up some surf wax, almost immediately they became cultural hubs where the latest news from up and down the coast was readily available. Stories could be swapped, hijinks could be perpetrated, and the bonds of a tight-knit community were further strengthened. Today, with the proliferation of online shopping and the decline of the “brick and mortar” retail experience, it’s not surprising that the significance of surf shops has been somewhat diminished, but they’re vital pillars in the surf culture and their impact and significance continue to burn bright. In celebration of all that is great about our beloved surf shops, this exhibit will allow some of the most renowned and established shops from up and down the West Coast to showcase their own individual histories and the impacts they had in their respective communities.
Dedicated to the art of high-velocity surfing, SHACC’s current exhibit focuses on the talents and contributions of surfers, shapers and designers George Greenough, Bob McTavish. Dick Brewer, and the Edge Board crew. From the Shortboard Revolution, to Greenough’s Spoon, to the down-railer, up to the modern-day craft the men continue to build, their collective body of work has changed the way we all ride waves today. Also featuring insights and artifacts from test pilots of the era, including Nat Young, Gerry Lopez, Reno Abellira and others, for those that feel the need for speed when they’re in the water.
We’re picking up where we left off before covid with our “Celluloid History of Surfing” exhibit. This exhibit had been open for a matter of days before the whole world came crashing down. So, we’re bringing it back!
From Bud Browne, Bruce Brown and John Severson, to modern masters like Thomas Campbell, Taylor Steele and Kai Neville, the “Celluloid History of Surfing” is an in-depth look at the filmmakers and movies that shaped the sport, culture and and lifestyle of surfing.
No other artistic medium has informed and influenced the sport, culture and lifestyle of surfing quite like filmmaking. From early, grainy black and white footage to the schmaltz of Beach Blanket surfsploitation movies to award winning productions like Momentum Generation, surf movies have brought the stoke to the people. Come celebrate the history of surf cinema at SHACC!
Joe Quigg was instrumental in modernizing surfboard design, taking them from planks to shapes similar to those being ridden today. The exhibit showcases Quigg’s various contributions to surfboards, fins and outrigger canoe designs through storyboards and interviews with Quigg himself.
The exhibit was made possible in part through the generous support of John Mazza, Founder of the Malibu Surfing Museum at Pepperdine.