THE Margaret River Cultural Centre will be transformed in to a mecca of surfing appreciation next week as the second annual Foam Lust surf exhibition gets underway.
Run in conjunction with the end of the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro the exhibition is a showcase of the region’s rich surfing history and the surfboard shapers who have crafted the boards best suited to local waves.
Organisers John Dutton and Bill Gibson launched the exhibition last year as a celebration of the local shapers who may be overlooked as a significant manufacturing industry for the region.
“It is very important to us that local shapers and boards are recognised,” Mr Dutton said.
“We’ll do this every year until we fall over.”
The exhibition will run from 10am – 10pm Thursday April 10 to Saturday March 12 and will feature a number of events alongside the main exhibition.
On Thursday and Friday night a number of surf movies will be shown at the centre including Old Yellow, Ry Craike’s Fish Out of Water and Clown Boots – the story of the local Hardy family.
During the day on Friday there will be a makeshift shaping bay set up in the Cultural Centre forecourt and local legend shapers Tony Hardy, Zac Ogram, Nathan Rose, Mat Manners and Al Bean will all be demonstrating their craft and making boards which will be available for sale.
On Saturday morning there will be a swap meet where people can bring along their old surfboards for sale or trade and pick up some surfing memorabilia gems.
Saturday night’s after party at the Cultural Centre will feature a handful of live musicians including Choc Boys in the Sun and Marty LittleWood and Paul Buddy.
For more information visit www.foamlust.com.