“The Summer may be Endless,
but this honor happens only
SHACC is hosting 3 monumental events: The SHACC
National Luau, a Tribute to Surfing & The Endless Summer, on Friday
August, 21, 2015 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, Washington DC to
honor Bruce Brown, legendary filmmaker and the 50th anniversary of his
documentary, The Endless Summer. Among the Luau’s iconic
attendees are filmmaker Bruce Brown, the stars of The Endless Summer,
Robert August and Mike Hynson, and other legendary surfers
featured in the film, Greg Noll, Paul Strauch, Fred Hemmings and Joey Cabell.
Other attending legends include Wingnut, PT, Tom Morey, Mimi Munro, Dick
Catri, Henry Ford, Jericho Poppler, "Balsa" Bill Yerkes, Jack
"Murph the Surf" Murphy, Bob Bagley, Patti Paniccia, Peter Pan, Sean Slater, Tony Caramanico, Charlie Bunger, Michio Degawa and Bruce "The Snake" Gabrielson.
New artwork created by John Van Hamersveld
(creator of the iconic original Endless Summer poster) for SHACC's DC
The significance of this
event is that surfing will officially be recognized as a sport, culture and
lifestyle at these prestigious events. SHACC will be showcasing its Endless
Summer collection, which is the most comprehensive collection of authentic
memorabilia from the film. The star of Endless Summer II, Robert
“Wingnut” Weaver, will be the host for the evening.
During the Luau, special guest Cecil Lear, co-founder of the Eastern Surfing Association, will be presented with the SHACC Lifetime Achievement Award. In 1967 Cecil Lear and David Reese
organized the ESA to spread the stoke of surfing and give surfers of
all ages the opportunity to compete in amateur surf contests. Today,
after nearly a half century, Cecil remains actively involved in the ESA —
the world's largest amateur surfing organization.
The second event will be
held on Saturday, August 22. It's a public donation ceremony by SHACC to
the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. Titled “WAVE
OF INNOVATION: SURFING AND THE ENDLESS SUMMER”, it will be hosted by
The Lemelson Center for the Study of Innovation and Invention.
The donation, curated by SHACC, includes a timeline of historic surfboards
(including one shaped by Duke Kahanamoku), an original 16mm copy of The
Endless Summer, the film’s iconic poster, and other artifacts that
represent surfing’s culture and lifestyle. Following the ceremony there will be
educational presentations and panels discussing the impact surfing and The
Endless Summer film have had on today’s society.
The third celebration will
honor Duke Kahanamoku’s 125th birthday at the Smithsonian National
Museum of the American Indians on Monday, August 24. Duke
Kahanamoku, considered the “Father of modern surfing,” made the sport world
famous by traveling around the world as the Ambassador of Aloha from Hawaii
after winning a total of five medals in three different Olympics.
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