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.
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.
Hey kids! It’s that time of year again when we pack up and head down to Orlando, Florida for the SURF EXPO show. Come by to say hi and check out our 2016 collection of tees, board shorts, walk shorts, and women’s swimsuits and bikinis. Hope to see you all there!
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, itbrings 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ready for a new form of competitive surfing that’ll make the Maverick’s Invitational look like a romp in a wading pool? Well, first things first, forget humans, because the new, most bad-ass wave in surfing is being led by a pack of dogs. Seriously, dogs.
When they’re not licking their own genitals or drinking out of the toilet, the surf world’s biggest canine competitors are diligently practising for the only surfing event that still matters — Huntington Beach’s annual Surf City Surf Dog competition.
Here, our four-legged friends compete in a variety of styles, like: standing on a board facing forward, standing on a board facing backwards, keeping all four paws on the board, surfing with a human, and surfing with another dog. The list is endless!
The competition is actually a fundraiser, bringing in big league sponsors like Eukanuba, Purina and SONY, and benefiting a slew of animal welfare organizations. But don’t let that fool you for one second into thinking the competition’s “top dogs” aren’t one tough breed of surfer!
The competition has different divisions for weight and size, as well as first, second, and third prizes for each size. Extra points are awarded for specialty moves. The whole thing’s pretty legit, even down to the fact that competitors are equipped with SONY GoPro cameras for wicked action footage. There’s also some nice congeniality awards, like “Crowd Pleaser,” a dog/owner look-a-like contest, and a costume contest — all stuff you don’t normally get outside of the dog surfing scene.
With all that going for it, it’s really no surprise that the Surf City Surf Dog competition is so popular; the event usually gets coverage from big name media outlets like the Los Angeles Times and The Sydney Morning Herald, which is more than can be said for some human surf competitions.
So, while dogs may not be the most graceful or dignified creatures, these days, they’ve got a leg up (two legs, actually) on boring old humans. If the internet has taught us anything, it’s that you can never, ever win against a cute animal. And, like it or not, dog surfing is where it’s at right now.
This is just a little announcement to let you all know that our team is gearing up for the Miami Swimshow. Held in South Beach every July, its North America’s biggest and best swimwear industry event where we get to show off our newest collection of board shorts, swimsuits and tees to all the people in the biz.
We’re also looking forward to a few poolside cocktails while we’re at it. If you’re a buyer or part of the press, come say hi. All the deets for the show are here below.