Given that tasty waves are a rare phenomenon in South Florida, local surfers have lots of time on their hands that they wish was being spent tucking into perfect barrels. Hence the popularity of skimboarding, kiteboarding, skateboarding, and paddleboarding. Another righteous way to keep the stoke alive is to channel that wave-craving energy into an art project. For the past three years, lifelong Florida surfer Paul Aho and University Galleries Director W. Rod Faulds have done just that. "Surfing Florida: A Photographic History" is a multimedia exhibit hosted by Florida Atlantic University (777 Glades Road, Boca Raton) featuring the work of more than 50 photographers, including notable Floridians like Tom Dugan and Richard Messerol and internationally known photogs Jeff Divine and Steve Wilkins. The exhibit will also feature film, video, historical surfboards, and themed sections such as "Spiritual Dimensions in Surfing" and "Environmentalism and Surfing." The event-filled opening weekend will include presentations from Surfer's Journal copublisher Steve Pezman and performances from local bands the Cutbacks and Guy Harvey on Friday night as well as several presentations throughout the day on Saturday. The exhibit runs through May 12 and is free and open to the public. Call 561-297-2966, or visit fau.edu/galleries.
March 16-May 2, 2012