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MUSARITY Comes to Puerto Rico

We’re stoked to announce San Juan, Puerto Rico as the next spot on our Musarity tour, a series of art & music happenings hosted by independent surf shops and restaurants to showcase local talent in the surf community.

The event is open to the public and will take place on June 26th between 5 and 10 p.m. at Prros Locos on Calle Loíza with live music by Moncho D, Banjo, and Orteez. In place of a cover charge, Eidon asks that all those who come by bring 1 can of food (or another non-perishable food item) as a donation to a local charity.

The first 50 guests to bring a can of food will receive a special Eidon giveaway.

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MUSARITY LBC: An event to gather food for the hungry

We’re glad to announce that the Musarity Tour will be heading to The Good Bar in Long Beach, CA this Thursday, February 25th.

The event will showcase the work of local artists such as Steffan Attardo, Mark Nisbet, Steve Fawley and Ignacio Villanueva, and musical guests include DJ Justin Reynolds, VAVAK and The Absynth Quartet who are driving down from Humboltd for the shin dig.

Admission is 1 can of food per person to be donated to the Long Beach rescue Mission.

Looking forward to seeing you all there.

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The Musarity Tour: Local Retailers Give Back

This week kicks off the EIDON Musarity tour at Icons of Surf in San Clemente on June 25th and there’s a lot to be excited about.

Eidon is a small brand whose foundation is based on close partnerships with independent surf shops, and because we incorporate photography and art in so much of what we do, we’ve partnered up with 5 California surf shops and a bunch of great painters, illustrators and photographers, to co-host a series art & music events that gives back to the community.

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The events will feature artwork and photography from the likes of Mark McInnis, Matt Wignall, Ryan Bryant, Aaron Dorff, Matt Obrien and Kevin Ginther, and all evenings will be kept musical thanks to live performances by Ray Barbee who was kind enough to support us by performing throughout the entire Musarity Tour.

Guests will be asked to bring at least one can of food (or any other type of non-perishable and nourishing food item) and all donations will be given to a local charity of the store’s choice.

Musarity Tour event dates & locations:

June 25th: Icons of Surf, San Clemente
June 26th: Hobie Surf Shop, Laguna
June 27th: Kanvas by Katin, Surfside
June 29th: Homegrown Surf Shop, Ventura
June 30th: J7 Surfboards, Santa Barbara

All events are from 5 to 7 pm.

Legend John Severson’s new book set to become surf scripture

Book cover: John Severson's SURF
Book cover: John Severson’s SURF

He started Surfer mag. He made Surf Fever, and created the now iconic font that graced its first promotional posters. His pantings and illustrations have been called the original surf art. And he’s spent more than 50 years trying to keep things real in the world of wave riders. How much more could John Severson possibly give to the surf scene?

At least one more book, apparently.

Vintage surf pic from John Severson's SURF
Vintage surf pic from John Severson’s SURF

One of the biggest, baddest grandaddies of them all, Severson has just launched his new book, simply titled John Severson’s SURF, this month. Spanning Severson’s decades in the scene, and including tons of his surf artwork and photos, the book is both a dedication to and memoir from one of the single most important people the sport has ever known. And in that respect, it’s bound to become required reading for anyone who’s passionate about surfing.

Severson started surfing all the way back in the mid 1950s, when, after being drafted by the army and stationed in Oahu, he was ordered to join the Army surf team. After that, he soon went on to pursue the sport of his own free will.

John Severson & Leo Bestgen doing a layout for Surfer Mag
John Severson & Leo Bestgen doing a layout for Surfer Mag

By 1961, he’d already put out the classic movie ‘Surf Fever,’ and was routinely writing, illustrating and doing photography for a magazine he’d started to promote the film. Then called The Surfer, the magazine lost the “The” somewhere along the way, and is now known only as Surfer, the first and foremost in surf publishing.

Despite how well Severson managed to do for himself, though, he never let the success turn him square. He’s big on keeping the surf scene genuine, having at one point called out the Beach Boys for their “shameless appropriation” of the culture. That’s not because he’s a hater, or anything. Quite the contrary – Severson keeps it real because he loves surf.

A John Severson Surf painting from 1956
A John Severson Surf painting from 1956

“As for the art,” he has said, “I don’t paint for critics and always felt that to do that was not getting closer to your heart or, in my case, my love of the ocean. I live my life on my own terms and paint with a passion for something that is quite incredible on this planet. Waves.”

If you want to get a deeper look at Severson’s more than 50 years of surf film, photography, art and publishing, look out for John Severson’s SURF, out now from Damiani Press/Puka Puka.

The UK’s new inland surfing centers: should we be stoked?

Projection for the Surf Snowdonia inland surfing center
Projection for the Surf Snowdonia inland surfing center

Two big construction projects currently underway in the UK could completely change the face of surfing. Thanks to recent technology, a couple of new inland surfing centers are slated to open in Snowdonia and Bristol, not only making surfing possible where it once wasn’t, but also allowing for an unheard of predictability of waves. Each of the sites will essentially consist of a large man-made inland lake featuring artificial (and highly consistent) waves.

Using Wavegarden’s wave generation system, Surf Snowdonia is promising to have world-class waves on-demand once the site opens in early summer 2015. “Revolutionary Wavegarden technology means that 1.9m high perfectly formed tubing waves that peel for more than 200 m with a 1 minute frequency can now be created at the touch of a button,” reads a section on their website. That’s over 6′ of wave. Meanwhile, The Wave in Bristol is looking to produce waves at least 5′ tall.

What such big (and regular) waves could mean for the sport is something that’s never been possible before — olympic status. Though over 23 million people surf, surfing has never been an Olympic sport, largely because, as The Guardian puts it, “only a few countries boast consistently good surf, and even they cannot guarantee to deliver during an Olympics.”

Pic of inland surfing from Bristol's The Wave
Pic of inland surfing from Bristol’s The Wave

But is all that even something surfers actually want? For us at Eidon, our motto’s always been “live, travel, surf,” and we think that’s a philosophy shared by many in the scene. Lots of people would rather see the world and feel a real connection with the ocean than ride artificial waves on an inland lake. And for many more, olympic goal just isn’t the goal.

It begs the question, are these massive construction projects happening because surfers want them? Or is this just a way for corporations to cash in, with the surfing centers eventually going to waste? And if sites like those at Bristol and Snowdonia do work out, are they going to attract the right people, or just turn surfing into a gimmick, something tourists can check off their list of things to do on vacation?

In the opposite view, centers like these could help grow the sport, bringing surfing to people from all over the world, not just those who are lucky enough to live where there’s great natural surf. Or, as Aussie surfer Dimity Stoyle said in interview, they could help ease some of the traffic in more popular surf spots: “I think it would open it up to a lot more people around the world and it would probably help the current situation in Queensland where surfing is getting so popular it’s a little bit out of control.”

Plans for Bristol's The Wave inland surfing center
Plans for Bristol’s The Wave inland surfing center

Likewise, International Surfing Association President Fernando Aguerre thinks inland surf centers mark a new beginning for the sport, saying in interview that “surfing no longer has geographical restrictions,” and that “we can host world-class surfing competitions with waves that are always consistent, powerful and publicly available. Surfing can now aspire to become a part of the Olympic Games and other multi-sport events.”

And for what it’s worth, the people behind the surf centers themselves think it’s for the best. Nick Hounsfield, co-founder of the Bristol site The Wave made a point of telling The Guardian that his center “will not be a middle class playground,” and that it’s “not intended to be a fake, plastic imitation of the ocean.” Rather, he hopes The Wave and other inland surf centers will make surfing even better:

“There is a lot of pressure on surf spots around the globe. Sometimes hundreds, possibly thousands, in the water, and half-decent surfers can’t get waves.”

Still, it’s an iffy call as to whether we should be stoked about surfing at these new venues or not. What’s your take? Let us know in the comments section.

Kama the surfing pig: he’s so hot right now

Move over Kardashians, the world has a new celebrity whose name starts with a K, and he’s way more athletic, loveable, and (let’s face it) useful than any of you will ever be. So it’s not really all that important that he’s not actually human.

Kama the surfing pig with a nose full of sand
Kama the surfing pig with a nose full of sand

Meet Kama, the surfing pig. Or maybe you already have, since he’s already a huge star. Born in Bellows Beach, Hawaii, Kama started surfing when he was just a piglet. But he’s come a long way since then, getting the attention of local and national media, along with his own Instagram account. He’s even scored sponsorship deals that have netted him free surfboards, clothes, and a GoPro, while, this year, his likeness made it onto the 2014 Honolulu Film Festival poster.

As with the best origin stories, Kama’s is a zero to hero tale. Kama first met his guardian, Kai Holt, when he wandered onto Holt’s campsite in late 2013. Holt soon figured out that the piglet was an orphan and decided to keep him, naming him Kamapua’a (Kama for short) after the hog-man fertility god of Hawaiian mythology.

Kama on the poster for the 2014 Honolulu Surf Film Festival
Kama on the poster for the 2014 Honolulu Surf Film Festival

Not long after, back at home, Kama fell into Holt’s swimming pool. Though Holt was surprised that pigs could even swim, it turned out that Kama took to the water like a fish. And, when Holt headed down to the beach with Kama and a stand up paddle board, Kama tackled the waves like a pro.

These days, Kama’s managing bigger waves than any other pig has done; a Hawaii News Now story cites a surfing pig in new Zealand, but says he’s only riding ankle slappers. Kama, on the other hand, is no stranger to bigger surf and the wipeouts that come with it, which he just shrugs off like any old pro.

Kama surfing on an SUP with guardian Kai Holt
Kama surfing on an SUP with guardian Kai Holt
Kama on a chopper looking like a rock star
Kama on a chopper looking like a rock star

Even with all the recent attention, though, Kama’s managed to stay humble. He still leads a quiet life with the other animals on Holt’s farm, and keeps his bonds of friendship with Holt strong, following him everywhere. Kama also keeps his diet clean and vegetarian, so he won’t get too heavy for a board. And aside from surfing, he doesn’t put on any human airs.

Kama living the good surf life
Kama living the good surf life

In the end, Kama’s just a simple pig who likes to surf, and that’s what people love about him. “You know surfing is Hawaii’s gift to the world. It’s like true happiness,” Holt says. “That’s what this guy does. Everywhere he goes he just makes people smile and laugh. He just brings joy to the world.

Check out Kama the surfing pig on Instagram here, or on Facebook here.

Surf Texas: waiting for waves in the Lone Star State

Not everything’s bigger in Texas. When it comes to the Lone Star State’s surf scene, Texans just have to make do with something a little more modest than what you’d find in surf meccas like Hawaii or California. Even the waves themselves are on the small side most of the time. But as Surf Texas, a new photography book from Kenny Braun shows us, size isn’t everything.

Book cover for Kenny Braun's Surf Texas
Book cover for Kenny Braun’s Surf Texas

Published this year with a foreword by Texas-based writer Stephen Harrigan, Surf Texas is a cool and stark new photo essay that looks at what it’s like to be a surfer in Texas. Spoilers: it’s not super easy.

Sure, the state lays claim to a pretty sizeable stretch of the Gulf Coast, with its coastline spanning from Galveston to South Padre. And, yeah, its shores do sometimes serve up some beautiful surf, but that’s by no means a given. Finding a good wave is a slow, unsure business, and as a result, Texas’ surfers have to be patient, devoted, and a little used to disappointment.

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Photo from Kenny braun’s Surf Texas
Photo From Kenny Braun's Surf Texas
Photo From Kenny Braun’s Surf Texas

That quiet, downbeat, vibe is all over Braun’s Surf Texas, with what Harrigan describes in the foreword as “something altogether different, a somewhat journalistic black and white chronicle that presents surfing not as high adventure but as dogged pursuit.”

Here, you get lonely landscapes and shots of hauntingly calm, glassy water that’s dark as ink at night. That’s not to say that Braun’s photos can’t also be beautiful, or that they don’t capture the bursts of energy that must come with catching the kind of great surf that’s more elusive in Texas.

Photo from Kenny Braun's Surf Texas
Photo from Kenny Braun’s Surf Texas

But, with Surf Texas, you do get the feeling of something harder, slower, and sometimes even a little sad — a totally different side to the pursuit of surfing, but one that’s definitely worth checking out.

To check out Kenny Braun, visit his website here, and for a copy of Surf Texas, get it online via the University of Texas Press here.

Calling all surf filmmakers: 1st annual Santa Cruz Surf Film Fest open for submissions

Got a film project that tells a story about surf? The first annual Santa Cruz Surf Film Festival (SCSFF) is looking for submissions from independent surf filmmakers from all over the world, with selected films slated to show at the fest’s inaugural edition this September.

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Open to both short and feature-length submissions, the festival aims to “spread the stoke that comes from a life lived in and by the waves,” by helping indie filmmakers share ideas, experiences and stories about surf. Aiming to make this a truly international event, organizers have already seen submissions roll in from as far away as Australia and South America, though they’re also looking forward to seeing films come in from local filmmakers, or which have a local focus.

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Santa Cruz Film Fest: Senegal photo by Delphine Foo Matkin

Even though this will be the SCSFF’s first year, the festival is already set to bring together not only indie filmmakers and surfers, but also surf industry pros and other ocean lovers. The judges panel alone includes top names in the industry — among them 3-time Mavericks champ Darryl “Flea” Virostko, pro big wave surfer Tyler Fox, skate legend Judi Oyama, shaper Michel Junod, and surfer/shaper/musician Ashley Lloyd Thompson.

Launched by husband and wife team Michael Matkin and Delphine Foo-Matkin, the event is the first ever of its kind in Santa Cruz — though the city’s long-standing relationship with surf culture makes you wonder why this kind of thing hasn’t already happened there before.

SCFF Founders Delphine Foo Matkin & Michael Matkin surfing at dawn photo beach
SCFF Founders Delphine Foo Matkin & Michael Matkin

The story goes that, following a two-year international surf trip together, Delphine and Micheal settled on Santa Cruz as a new home base. After 24 months and 15 countries, the duo were ready to take their love of surf culture in a new direction, with a film fest that would open audiences up to the world of surfing while also giving more exposure to independent surf filmmakers.

While all films that touch on surf and everything related to the culture are welcome, organizers say that preference will be given to “films with a narrative focus — either examining a specific element of the culture or telling a story.” Awards given will include Best Feature, Best Short, Best Cinematography, and Best Soundtrack, as well as Viewers’ Choice.

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Santa Cruz Surf Film Festival – Chicama

If you’re a filmmaker and want to submit a film or to find out about submission rules and guidelines, check out the SCSFF here. Or, if you’ll be in Santa Cruz this fall and just want to take in some really rad indie surf flicks, check out the festival itself, which runs September 24 to 26.

The deadline for all submissions is July 15, 2014.

 

Surfing UK: Coffins, a King, & the Crazy History of Surfing in Britain

What do the roaring 20s, coffins, the British monarchy, and surfing have in common? More than you think. Though the story of how surfing first came to the States is pretty well known, the history of the UK’s first wave of surfers is seldom told on our side of the pond, which is kind of a shame, since it’s so freaking nuts. It’s a good thing then that there are still old pictures kicking around that prove it all really happened.

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Cornwall early 1920s British surfing on a coffin lid

The First Wave: surfers and their stories is a new photo and video exhibit at Devon’s Museum of British Surfing. Revisiting the madness of the UK surf scene’s first steps, it brings together historic pics of the country’s early surfers — from the teenage thrill seekers of the flapper era to the Prime Minister’s personal entourage and even some royals for good measure.

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The First Wave: Surfers & their Stories – Exhibit poster

In the earliest days of the UK surf scene, Brits were still figuring out the basics. In the 1910s, modern surf boards were still almost a century away, and even the basic shaped surfboard wouldn’t hit the UK coastline for years. Instead, daredevils who got into “surf riding,” as it was then called, hopped on super basic wooden boards, like floorboards, cupboard doors, or “coffin lids,” gliding over waves on their stomachs.

Sometimes these “coffin lids” lived up to their name, as photos from the exhibit show young people in old-timey swimwear posing with boards provided by their local undertaker. But that probably just added to the cool, death-defying image of this extreme new sport.

Surfers on the north coast of Cornwall, 1919 Daily Mail UK
Surfers on the north coast of Cornwall, 1919 Daily Mail UK

By the 1920s and 30s, surfing in the UK was gaining steam, even with bigwigs. An picture from the exhibit taken in 1927 shows former Prime Minister William Gladstone with friends clutching their surfboards on a beach in North Devon.

Even more impressive, if you go deeper and delve into the museum’s archives you’ll even hit a couple of branches of the royal family tree. As early as 1920, Prince Edward (who later became King Edward VIII) got heavy into the surfing.

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Seen here: Prince Edward, Lord Louis, Prince Kalakaua Kawanakoa & Prince David

Photos of him in Hawaii are the first ever to show a Brit standing up on a surfboard, while other archive pictures show the future king hanging with friend Lord Louis Mountbatten, Hawaiian prince Kalakaua Kawananakoa, and David Kahanamoku, brother of legendary Duke Kahanamoku. With such an illustrious aficionado championing it, surfing in the UK could only swell in popularity. And by 1923, the nation would have its first official surf club, founded by Nigel Oxenden, a Birtish Army major and two-time Military cross winner who served in both WWI and WWII.

The First Wave goes on to highlight all the major milestones and pioneers in the scene in years to come — from Gwyn Haslock, the first ever woman to participate in surf competitions in the 60s, to Ted Deerhurst, the man who gave up being the Earl of Coventry so he could become Britain’s first pro surfer in 1978.

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Nigel Oxenden, Britain’s first surf club founder 1923

The rise of surf culture in the UK has been so successful that, today, the industry pulls in nearly 2 billion British pounds a year. But if you want to see the unlikely (even slightly insane) origins of the now flourishing scene, devon’s surf museum is the right place to start. With vintage boards, pre-WWII surf videos, and historic pictures of crazy people riding flat, rectangular planks of wood, First Wave is probably the most complete history of Britain’s love affair with surfing.

If you happpen to be in North Devon in the UK this year, the exhibit runs until 2015 at the Museum of British Surfing. Otherwise, check them out online for a look the wild way the sport found its footing on the other side of the Atlantic.

 

“Are Your Motives Pure?” New Ray Pettibon surf art exhibit brings swell to NYC

For all of you chilling in the Northeast: you may not always find yourselves at the hub of surf culture, but a new art exhibit in Manhattan is bringing the swell to New York City. This month, in a show titled “Are Your Motives Pure?” American punk artist Raymond Pettibon displays over 25 years of surf art at New York’s Venus Over Manhattan gallery.

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Raymond Pettibon Surf Art

A California native who’s based in L.A., Pettibon is famous for his work in the punk rock world, which includes designing the iconic logo for hardcore punk band Black Flag. He’s also lent his comic book/noir style to tons of album covers over the years — gritty artwork that often includes strange and cryptic text, as in the classic Sonic Youth album cover for “Goo.”

This latest exhibit, though, is a world apart from the punker album art that Pettibon is best known for. While he doesn’t consider himself to be a surfer per se, Pettibon has spent the better part of three decades painting surfers and surf scenes. With surf art dating from 1985 to 2013, the exhibit brings together a sublime if not existential outlook on surfing.

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Are your motives pure? Exhibit NYC

Viewed from an outsider’s perspective, surfing for Pettibon seems to represent a particular philosophy or psychological state — a place for contemplation, an acceptance of the largeness of nature and smallness of humankind. Whether it’s a tiny, solitary surfer engulfed by an overwhelming blue composition, or poetic fragments and musings on the “perfection of bodily well being,” the elements that make up Pettibon’s surf art bring a new insight to the sport and its culture.

And while most of the artist’s work over the years has tended toward smaller scale black-and-white paintings and illustrations — dark, edgy stuff communicating the angst of marginalization — the surf art featured in “Are Your Motives Pure?” seems a lot more liberated, both in its use of rich color and big, sweeping scales.

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Raymond Pettibon Surf Art

Freer and more upbeat, though no less thoughtful than much of Pettibon’s other work, The New York Times Style Magazine has called the surf paintings “a slick and sunny slice of American pop culture,” while Vanity Fair is listing the exhibit as one of this month’s must-see art shows, right up there with Gaugin and Jackson Pollock.

Worth checking out whether you’re into surf, punk, counterculture, comics, or just cool art in general, “Are Your Motives Pure?” runs at Venus Over Manhattan gallery until May 17. Get the details at the gallery’s website here.

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Raymond Pettibon Surf Art