EVENT: VIP Cocktail Party with Surfing Legends to Precede the SHACC National Luau in DC, August 21st
It’s creating a buzz as possibly the coolest party of the summer in DC: the Surfing Heritage & Culture Center’s first-ever National Luau, Friday August 21st at the Reagan Building and International Trade Center. This once in a lifetime event is open to the public. VIP and general admission tickets and tables can still be reserved at www.surfingheritage.org, however the event is expected to sell out.
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The Luau will kick off with a
private VIP cocktail party, where guests will have a rare chance to mingle with
surfing legends and innovators. The VIP reception will host many of the living
legends of the surfing world, including The
Endless Summer filmmaker Bruce Brown, the film’s co-stars Robert August and
Mike Hynson, big wave riding pioneer Greg Noll, surfing’s first professional
world champion Peter Townend, Tom Morey inventor of the boogie board, Eastern
Surfing Association Co-Founder Cecil Lear, Fred Hemmings, Paul Strauch, Joey
Cabell, Henry Ford, Jericho Poppler, Patti Paniccia, Robert “Wingnut” Weaver, and
numerous other renowned surfers, surfboard makers and surf industry executives.
During the exclusive VIP
party, attendees will also enjoy access to SHACC’s Endless Summer Collection,
the most extensive exhibition of authentic memorabilia from Bruce Brown’s
hugely successful documentary film, which premiered in theaters fifty years
ago. This small budget movie had a huge impact on the way the world looked at
surfers and planted the seeds to today’s global surf adventure lifestyle.
The evening, a fundraiser for SHACC, also features silent and live auctions. Attendees will have a chance to bid on replicas of the boards ridden by Mike and Robert in the film, a replica of a Duke Kahanamoku solid wood board, exotic surfing excursions, and more.
According to Paul Strauch, SHACC’s
Executive Director, “it’s a weekend to celebrate surfing —as a culture — being
recognized for the influence it’s had on American Society.”
On Saturday, the day after
the Luau, a public donation ceremony will take place at
the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. SHACC and its private
donors will present a collection of historic surf culture artifacts to the
Smithsonian Institution. These artifacts include a hand-shaped solid redwood
surfboard shaped by Duke Kahanamoku, a 16mm print of The Endless Summer
film, and other authentic artifacts related to the film.
Surfing history is going to be made this summer in our nation’s capital. And you can be a part of it. For details, contact Glenn Brumage (714) 299-6144.