Be a part of history and help educate a culture…
This summer, The Rotary Club of Huntington Beach will host once again the wildly popular Surfboard On Parade, a participatory art experience where acclaimed artists are invited to create art on surfboards shaped by legendary shapers. The 20 surfboards featured in these layered collaborations will be “on parade” at sponsored locations throughout Huntington Beach to educate and inspire current and new audiences around the world on Surf City USA’s rich surfing culture and heritage through the cultural arts, and to help educate a culture on how to help eradicate skin cancer.
A biennial event, Surfboards On Parade’s inaugural year was in 2014, and was part of the City’s 100 years of surfing celebration. Together we made history, and raised over $100,000 for the fight against skin cancer! Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. More than 3.5 million new cases are diagnosed each year – more than all other cancers combined, yet it is a type of cancer that we possess the tools to prevent.
The public art exhibit runs from June 15 – October 7, 2016 and ultimately culminates with ‘’The Night of a Million Waves” gala on October 7, 2016 at the Pasea Hotel & Spa where each board will be sold to the highest bidder through a worldwide live auction to benefit Orange Coast Memorial Foundation, specifically to support education and research for skin cancer, as well as the Rotary Club of Huntington Beach, with donations to the Huntington Beach Art Center, and The Huntington Beach International Surfing Museum.
The art will be on display at our proud Sponsor establishments that collectively will make up the community-wide walking tour. Our Sponsor hosts for the 2016 quiver include the Resorts of Huntington Beach – the Waterfront Beach Resort, a Hilton Hotel, The Pasea Hotel & Spa, The Hyatt Regency, Huntington Beach and the Shorebreak Hotel as well as Duke’s and Sandy’s restaurants at the Pier. Each resort will have three of the art pieces and the restaurants will each have one.
The majority and the remainder the art will be on display at participating merchants at Pacific City including Lemonade, Ocean Blue Art + Design, Ola Mexican Kitchen, Simmzy’s and Ways and Means Oyster House.
Our goal with each art installation in Surfboards on Parade 2016 is to capture a ‘wow’ factor on the faces of the literally millions of people who will come see it this summer – each piece telling its own story through one-of-a-kind expression of art on surfboards, many from world-renowned artists and shapers that will entice the viewing public to see all 20 boards on display throughout the city.