Surfing Florida: A photographic history

May 24th - Sep 1st, 2012


Florida surfers know that while we don’t have the legendary waves of Hawaii or California, we do have the legendary surfers and surf culture. The Sunshine State has produced an amazing talent pool that successfully competes globally and has contributed to the innovation and growth of the world-wide surf industry.

Surfing Florida: A Photographic History presents the history of Florida surfing and surf culture, including its international dimensions. The project coincides with preservation and academic efforts that are emerging in America and overseas as modern surfing history approaches its 100th year. More than 25 professional surf photographers have contributed their images for the exhibition. Scholars from four universities have worked to weave surfing’s larger themes – nature/religion, environmental activism, surf music, maritime history - into the specifics of Florida’s surfing chronology.

Surfing Florida is organized by the University Galleries at Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton. Funding was provided through a grant from the Florida Humanities Council with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities.


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Photos courtesy of Surfing Florida, University Galleries at Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton.