Wave of new art

Cockburn Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Jes­sica Nico

A SURF­ING ex­hi­bi­tion cen­tring on the re­la­tion­ship be­tween the rider, the board and the wave will be held at the Fre­man­tle Arts Cen­tre un­til May 22.

IT is hard to think about Fre­man­tle with­out think­ing of the ocean.

And while big waves might not break close to lo­cal shores, the area still has a deep con­nec­tion with surf­ing cul­ture.

The two will com­bine again with Fron­tier Surf­ing, a new ex­hi­bi­tion at the Fre­man­tle Arts Cen­tre.

The ex­hi­bi­tion cen­tres on the re­la­tion­ships be­tween the rider, the board and the wave, cap­tur­ing some of the big­gest waves off WA’s coast and the peo­ple who chase them.

Fre­man­tle Arts Cen­tre cu­ra­tor Ric Spencer said the ex­hi­bi­tion came about in a typ­i­cally Fre­man­tle fash­ion. “Lo­cal surfer Damon Hurst was host­ing mu­sic and sto­ry­telling ses­sions on surf­ing at the North Fre­man­tle bowls club,” he said.

“Damon’s been surf­ing for more than 40 years and is a pas­sion­ate be­liever in the in­tense re­la­tion­ship be­tween the wave, the board and the rider that surf­ing is de­fined by.

“We de­cided to ex­plore this pow­er­ful con­nec­tion and en­dur­ing pur­suit through an ex­hi­bi­tion.”

Track­ing WA’s surf­ing his­tory, the ex­hi­bi­tion in­cludes pic­tures from surf pho­tog­ra­phers John Witzig, Rus­sell Ord and Jamie Scott along­side a num­ber of clas­sic, big wave surf­boards and in­ter­views with the surfers who ride them. “Big wave surf­ing holds a place close to WA’s heart,” Spencer said.

“See­ing clas­sic big wave shots, piv­otal boards and hear­ing first-hand from big wave surfers will bring that in­ti­mate con­nec­tion be­tween the surfer and the wave alive.

“It’s the sheer pres­ence of the waves amidst the agility, brave­ness and skill of the riders that lends a cap­ti­vat­ing sense of mor­tal­ity.

“This al­most-spir­i­tual mo­ment, cap­tured through pho­tog­ra­phy, is awe-in­spir­ing to wit­ness.”

Fron­tier Surf­ing is at the Fre­man­tle Arts Cen­tre un­til May 22.

See­ing clas­sic big wave shots, piv­otal boards and hear­ing first-hand from big wave surfers will bring that in­ti­mate con­nec­tion be­tween the surfer and the wave alive

Pic­ture: Matt Jelonek www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d451717

Fron­tier Surf­ing cu­ra­tors Ric Spencer, Be­van Honey and Damon Hurst.

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