Taranaki surfing culture explored at Puke Ariki
Surfing 'part of the fabric of Taranaki'JENNA HOUGHTON
Taranaki's rich surfing culture will be on display at Puke Ariki next week.
The exhibition, Surf: Shaping Taranaki, will run from December 13 to May 4 and will explore the history and impact of the sport on the region.
Puke Ariki director Kelvin Day said Taranaki was as well known for its surf as it was for oil, gas and farming.
"Surfing contributes to who we are as a community, it is part of the fabric of Taranaki. It's a story we haven't told and it is worth sharing and celebrating," he said.
Puke Ariki is currently setting up the exhibition space for photographs, videos, documentaries, virtual surfing, interactive wave play, and stories to be shared from well-known talent and local grassroots surfers.
One aspect of the exhibition will be a breakdown of the science behind the waves off the Taranaki coast.
"Thirty-four years of oceanographic data will show why the breaks work and explain folklore around the breaks," curator Duncan Carter said.
"People come from all over the world to live here. The nature of the coastline and geography means in a wild variety of conditions, there is coastline to surf in a 45 minute radius."
Mr Carter hopes to highlight how the Taranaki surfing culture, established in the late 1950s, has benefited the region in ways not often considered.
The 1930s "surfmobile" was hauled into the gallery yesterday, which will sit as a display to accompany photographs of surfing in earlier days.
Opening weekend will include live music and a cash bar on Friday night, and an exhibition tour on Saturday.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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