When we were at Sacred Craft last year we were introduced to this concept – a tribe of artists (surf art!) were creating custom surfboard art to raise money for Surf Aid International. A beautifully simple concept supported by some of the most amazing artists in our space. Kudos to the team that put this together because the styles and forms are incredibly different. On one end of the spectrum there are shredding shortboards with psychedelic graphics. On the other end there is a wood carved Alaia paying homage to surfing’s Polynesian roots.
This Saturday 6-9pm is the first time you can view all 15 boards in one place – that place Aaron Chang’s art gallery in Solana Beach: 415 S. Cedros Avenue, Suite #110 Solana Beach, CA 92075. Surfers and art aficionados are invited to view and even purchase the art (so bring your checkbook…do people still write checks?)
So where’s the money really go? If you aren’t familiar with Surf Aid International they are a legitimate non-profit focused on improving the health, wellbeing and self-reliance of people living in isolated regions connected to us through surfing. Art Benefit Specifically they focus on the Mentawais. You know, that place we all dream about getting to visit at least once in our lives. Warm water….barrels upon barrels…oh and a totally impoverished people living so far under the poverty level that 1 in 10 kids never make it to their 5th birthday. Sorry for the buzz kill but this is reality folks. The good news it’s a reality the good people at Surf Aid and Board Art Benefit are working to change.
If you are in the area swing by and check out the boards. If you are up north and near a train station Amtrak has a stop walking distance – Solana Beach depot.
See you there!