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Salt of the Earth: Exploring the Cultural Diasporas of Surfing

November 1, 2013 - November 2, 2013  |  Rio Theater


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Salt of the Earth poster final print

Proudly presented by the UCHRI and Porter College, the spirit of the Salt of the Earth event is to essentially celebrate the indigenous Hawaiian practice of heʻe nalu (surfing) and the impact it has had on the world.  Events include an artist talk by Drew Brophy and an alaia surfboard shaping demo by Tom Pohaku Stone at Porter College on the afternoon of Friday, 11/1.  That evening there will be screening of Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikau presented by director Sam George at the Rio Theater – doors and live music start at 6:45pm.  The following day a surf conference will be held at the UCSC Humanities Lecture Hall, from 9:30am – 5:00pm, that will use the film to segue into some of the most debated aspects of contemporary surf culture: the changing aesthetic representations of surfing, the evolving methods of surfboard production, surf industry environmentalism and surfer activism, and contextualizing localisms in both Oʻahu and Santa Cruz.  These events are free* and open to the public.  For more information, please visit the event website at or email Trey Highton at

Sponsored by: Arbor Collective, Big Creek Lumber, Burger, Dark Seas, Hula’s Island Grill, Kanalu, Mollusk Surf Shop, Obey, Patagonia, Santa Cruz Mountain Brewery, Save the Waves Coalition, Sawyer Land & Sea Supply, Surfline, Surfrider Foundation, Trader Joe’s, Woodstock’s Pizza, and the UCSC Literature Department.

* A $5 donation will be strongly suggested at the door for the film screening.  This donation will purchase a raffle ticket for various door prizes supplied by our community sponsors.  All proceeds will benefit the Surfrider & Aikau Foundations.

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1:00 PM – Artist Talk with Drew Brophy – “How to Survive as an Artist”
Hitchcock Lounge, Porter College, UCSC

2:30 PM – Indigenous Alaia Surfboard Shaping Demo with Tom Pohaku Stone
Porter College Amphitheater, UCSC

6:45 PM – Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikau screening, plus live music from The Shapes
Rio Theater, 1205 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz

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9:30am – 5pm – Surf Conference at UCSC Humanities Lecture Hall

Panel Discussions Include:

Changing Aesthetics of Surfing: Technologies of Framing the Oceanic
Sam George, Marcus Sanders, Julie Cox, Daniel Duane, & Drew Brophy

Of Surfboards & Soul: A look at the changing manufacturing technologies of surfboards, and if the surfboard has a soul…
Tom Pohaku Stone, Chad Kaimanu Jackson, Ashley Lloyd, Danny Hess, & Bob Pearson

Clear Water: An honest conversation about SIMA, Environmentalism, and Surfer Activism
Jess Ponting, Jim Kempton, Kristian Gustavson, Kyle Thiermann, & Nick Mucha

Deconstructing Localisms: Contextualizing Oahu & Santa Cruz
Isaiah Helekunihi Walker, Tom Pohaku Stone, Ken Collins, & Frosty Hesson

Free on-campus parking

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For more information, please visit the conference website:



November 1, 2013
November 2, 2013


Rio Theater
1205 Soquel Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA 95062 United States
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