HUNTINGTON BEACH Surfing Museum Release


Huntington Beach, CA-

Huntington Beach International Surfing Museum Women Who Surf Exhibit Legendary Surfer Women Gather at Huntington Beach Surfing Museum  


New exhibit presented by The Surfing Heritage Foundation, The International Surfing Museum of Huntington Beach, and Roxy
Press release

WHEN: Saturday, May 8, 2004, at 1 p.m.
WHO: Six decades of women surfers will be present, from the '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, and '00s.
WHERE: International Surfing Museum, 411 Olive Ave., Huntington Beach, CA (just off Main St.)
CONTACT: Barry K Haun, Exhibit Curator: (949) 650-6717, or cell (626) 650-6717

More than 20 of surfing's most notable women surfing legends will be gathering on Saturday at 1 p.m. at the International Surfing Museum in Huntington Beach, California, to kick off a "Women Who Surf" exhibit that chronicles the history of women's surfing. The exhibit runs May 8 through September 30, 2004, and will display photographs, trophies, surfboards, contest jerseys, artwork, swimwear, and other women's surfing memorabilia. At 1 p.m., the women will be signing their names onto two surfboards that were specifically created for the exhibit. One surfboard was made and donated by Robert August, and the other was shaped by Mike Hynson and donated by Kane Garden Surfboards in San Diego. August and Hynson were the two surfers featured in the 1966 surf classic, The Endless Summer. The surfboards will then go on display with other memorabilia at the exhibit. Hynson's board features artwork created by surf artist Wade Koniakowsky, and will be auctioned off during the U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach in July to raise funds for the museum. Surf artist Bill Ogden has created a painting that is being reproduced as a poster to commemorate this historic event. Museum curator Barry K. Haun says, "We're running the exhibit specifically during the summer, our busiest time, because we're recognizing and paying tribute to the important contributions that women have made to surfing. Over the summer, the various surf contests, pro surfers, tourists and other beachgoers flock here. This provides the greatest opportunity for maximum exposure to the public. I'm not exactly sure why someone hasn't already presented this material before now, but we're proud and honored to be able to do so at this time. Statistics show that the female portion of the surfing population is the fastest growing demographic, increasing by as much as 25 percent per year."