Robb Havassy Surf Story II

An Homage to Surf Culture

Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

 

Everywhere you looked in the cavernous Hurley sports company warehouse the walls were filled with artworks – paintings, photographs, montages – depicting the ocean and surfers.

Raw and vibrant, it was a giant, visual wave that stimulated the senses.

 

Representing the artists in Robb Havassy’s new book Surf Story II, the art on display at the premiere reception in Newport Beach gave guests a preview of what’s in his 550-page book – Robb’s heartfelt homage to surfing and the surf culture.

The massive, two-book collection of art and stories from more than 200 of the most influential artists, photographers, writers, and iconic figures in surfing shows their love and passion for the sport.

 

SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel were excited to share the stoke on this momentous occasion with Robb and our friend artist Colleen Gnos, who is included in the book.

We were in awe of all the people who turned out for the celebration. Literally the royalty of surf culture creatives, everyone was there to thank Robb for this epic sequel to his 2009 Surf Story.

Watching them pose for a group photo, Patti thought of the famous 1943 MGM studios photo of all its actors – and Louis B. Mayer’s quote: “More stars than in the heavens.”

The Surf Story II reception was equal parts gallery show and book-signing party with friends and family mingling and the artists signing each other’s books and enjoying the vibes.

Robb – at the center of it all – signed books, gave hugs and greetings, and took in the sights and sounds of this long-awaited day.

Like Bruce Brown’s landmark 1966 film The Endless Summer – on display in a 50th anniversary DVD edition – Robb Havassy’s herculean achievement tells the neverending story of surfing.

 

Surf Story Project: More than a book – It’s history!

– Drew Brophy, surf artist

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Let The Sun Shine!

Robb Havassy’s Scenes of Summer

Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

 

Surf Artist Robb Havassy knows how to celebrate the sun!

 

His electrifying paintings are an homage to the sun and surfing.

A Southern California native and long-time surfer, Havassy has turned his love of the ocean into memorable paintings that capture the intensity of nature and the relationship of man to the environment.

 

 

One of the most celebrated artists in the surfing community, Havassy’s works reflect the joy of surfing and the beauty of the ocean.

 

SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel always feel like smiling when we see Robb Havassy’s art.

The vibrant colors and bold strokes draw you into each painting and inside a technicolor world where the weather forecast is always “Sunny.”

 

Robb Havassy’s book Surf Story is a classic – a massive 440-page collection of surf art and stories from 88 of the surf culture’s most influential artists, writers, photographers and iconic figures.

 

In August the sequel, Surf Story V2, will continue Havassy’s epic project to archive and showcase the surf art and stories that define the sport and the world’s surfing culture.

“Surf Story” does a great job telling the truth, both through story and art, about what is so special about being a surfer.”

– Bob Hurley (surfer, founder Hurley)

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Poems from the Pacific Palisades

Images Pulsating With Delight

Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

Spring Cleaning can be a chore or a chance for discovery. Who knows what you’ll come across when you’re dusting, going through drawers, opening old boxes or rearranging books on a shelf?

Such was the case recently when SurfWriter Girl Patti Kishel found a slim, blue volume of poems entitled The Lambent Glow, written by a long-ago family friend, Abigail Heaton.

Seeing the book brought back vivid memories even though Patti only met the author once on a visit to her home perched high in the Pacific Palisades above Malibu Beach.

“I was only four or five years old,” Patti recalls, “and I remember my mother telling me we were going to visit her dear friend Auntie Heaton, as she called her, and see her beautiful garden. She also said that I would need to be on my best behavior because Auntie Heaton wasn’t used to having children running around her house.”

Fortunately, Auntie Heaton turned out to be the perfect hostess with tea and plates of sandwiches and cookies on the table. And an amazing garden filled with bright flowers, exotic plants and sea breezes.

Patti couldn’t wait to investigate it. Just as she couldn’t wait to read Abigail Heaton’s poems again when she took the book down from the shelf.

 

A cottage on a mesa

Feels not her low degree

For her near neighbors are the mountains,

A canyon, and the sea.

 

She glances down the canyon’s side

And oh, what she sees:

A silver brook and a waterfall

And overhanging trees.

 

And through the long siesta

She draws aside the screen

Of the canyon’s hidden recesses

And the deep ravine.

 

The birds in their green leaf cages

Flit and chat and sing:

Then fly away to a vine trapeze

And swing and swing and swing.

 

The ocean sends a playful breeze

To drive away the dream,

And the sun who speeds on his westward course

Awakes her with a beam.

 

The mesa lies in sweet repose

In serenest light,

And the cottage in the lambent glow

Pulsates with delight.

 

By the time she wrote her poetry book Auntie Heaton’s eyesight was fading. But the indelible images of her cottage home and tranquil garden in the palisades above the sea stayed with her and made their way into her poems.

And now – many years later – those images in the newly discovered book are still fresh and full of wonder.

Our jasmine is a chemist

Who makes a rare perfume

And seals it in small bottles

And hides it in her bloom.

 

Then at the rightful moment

She opens wide the jars

And sends with exultation

Her incense to the stars.

 

SurfWriter Girls know Abigail Heaton would be pleased that others are enjoying this glimpse into her garden…where every plant and flower brought so much joy.

Our cotoneaster tree

Is an oriental canopy;

It offers the inviting shade

Of leaves cut from the precious jade,

And over this inverted bowl

Are coral beads to deck the whole.

 
As you admire your own surroundings or make spring cleaning chance discoveries, we wish you fond memories and visions that pulsate in delight.

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Ron Croci Book is Bodacious!

The Illustrated Atlas of Surfing History

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Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

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Famed surf artist Ron Croci is a multimedia artist with over 40 years of commercial and fine art experience whose paintings are in galleries around the world.

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Ever since meeting Ron a few years ago at the International Surfing Museum in Huntington Beach SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel have been big fans.

 

A true waterman, Croci’s love of surfing and diving comes through in all of his paintings, which are energetic blends of color and movement.

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So, when Croci told SurfWriter Girls that his new book, The Illustrated Atlas of Surfing History (written by Joel Smith and Illustrated by Croci), was out, we were excited to see his latest creation.

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For the Illustrated Atlas, Smith (a documentary filmmaker and TV writer-producer)) and Croci speculate on just how far back surfing goes. To before the early Polynesians.

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To ancient Egypt and Syria 10,000 years ago. Or maybe even to the Stone Age.

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With each page in the book, Croci’s illustrations vividly bring the history of surfing to life.

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Croci, who got his start in advertising and film, helped design over 200 ads for the likes of 7-Up, Swatch watches, and Quiksilver’s Roxy division and worked on the design teams for close to 50 films from The Blues Brothers to Planet of the Apes and Ghostbusters. He’s also been in high demand as a book illustrator.

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When it comes to using a pencil, brush or stylus, there isn’t anything Croci can’t do!

The Illustrated Atlas of Surfing History shows just how talented Ron Croci is… taking you right into the barrel of the waves.

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Ahoy, Pirates!

Pirates Steal the Show in Pan

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Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

With Pan, the prequel to Peter Pan, showing up on movie screens now much attention is on Peter, the eternal boy child who “won’t grow up.” At the same time, though, the spotlight is shining on pirates…especially the most famous of them all, Captain Hook.

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This got SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel thinking about what it must have been like in those swashbuckling days of adventure on the high seas.

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From the 16th to the 19th centuries pirates were the scourge of sailing ships across the Atlantic from Europe and Africa to the Caribbean.

At any moment a ship flying the black, skull and crossbones Jolly Roger flag might appear, ready to capture a vessel and plunder its bounty.

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With names and appearances that could strike fear in opponents, some pirates, like England’s Sir Francis Drake and Sir John Hawkins, traversed the seas for king and country, bringing the spoils of battle back to their homelands…and were knighted for their exploits.

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Other pirates, like the notorious Blackbeard, flew under their own flags and kept their treasures for themselves.

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There were even women pirates – Anne Bonny and Mary Read – who went against the conventions of the day, disguised themselves as men and joined a pirate crew in 1718.

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As Spain, Portugal, England and France all were fighting for dominance of the Atlantic trade routes and the lands of the New World, it was an ongoing battle with cannons, muskets, swords and daggers at the ready.

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Some pirate ships even made their way around the tip of South America and up the Pacific to California’s Monterey Presidio in 1818.

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The lure of adventure and untold riches was strong. But, much of the pirate treasure ended up in Davy Jones locker, sunk to the bottom of the ocean as ships fell victim to cannon fire, rough seas, hurricanes, and more.

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Now, beneath the surface of the water, who knows what spoils hidden in the deep are waiting to be found?

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SurfWriter Girls Sunny and Patti are channeling our inner-pirate now and searching for treasures with a genuine pirate map

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Huntington Beach Welcomes Surfers to 2014 US Open

US Open of Surfing is Off the Wall

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Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

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Action footwear and apparel brand Vans is front and center again for this year’s US Open of Surfing (USOS) in Huntington Beach (July 26 – August 3).

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Taking in the sights by the pier, SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel could see that event sponsor Vans is focused on making sure that everyone can share the stoke…especially the community and families.

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Along with the viewing stands, giant skate bowl, sponsors’ village and on-site Vans retail store, there are areas set aside for family movie nights and activities.

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In its second year hosting the USOS Vans is eager to create an environment that lets everyone experience the beach excitement first-hand. Doug Palladini, Vans Vice President and General Manager of the Americas, said “We look forward to bringing world-class competition across surfing, skateboarding and BMX to SoCal, the epicenter of action sports.”

This year’s USOS is particularly special because it coincides with Surf City’s 100 Years of Surfing anniversary commemorating the first time that the HB Pier was surfed – by Hawaiian surfer George Freeth – in 1914.

DSC03881AA pivotal point on the men’s and women’s pro surfing tours, the USOS always attracts the world’s top surfers and this year is no different. Last year’s winners Alejo Muniz and Carissa Moore are back…

Open 2013 Champsalong with surfing great Kelly Slater (11-time ASP World Surfing Champion) and local favorite Brett Simpson, who’s won the USOS twice.

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BrettOther top surfers in the men’s lineup include: Jordy Smith, Julian Wilson, Kai Otton, Nat Young, Josh Kerr and C.J. Hobgood. Among the women competitors are: Sally Fitzgibbons, Stephanie Gilmore, and Tyler Wright.

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During the week 500,000 people are expected to come out to watch the competitions and join in the festivities. The Open not only generates a lot of enthusiasm for surfing, but adds over $20 million to the OC economy.

DSC03997Mingling with the crowds, SurfWriter Girls ran into beach locals and tourists, families enjoying the beach atmosphere…

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and teens – lots of them! – hanging out with friends.

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Just North of the HB Pier SurfWriter Girls saw Surfrider Foundation volunteers manning the Huntington/Seal Beach Chapter’s booth giving out information about its environmental programs and organizing beach clean-ups.

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Fiat was back again with its dune buggy-sized 500L – introducing a concept car inspired by Vans.

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The hair stylists from Paul Mitchell had their scissors ready.

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DSC04047On a warm California day it was nice to indulge in cool treats…

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DSC03989All in all, it was another laid-back day in paradise…at the US Open of Surfing.

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