Thursday, July 19, 2012

Mark Cunningham's Surf Relics

Pretty fucking awesome. It's basically a collection of things Mark Cunningham has found on the ocean floor over the span of 35 years.

Wonder what kind of weird stuff he found that wasn't surf related.

Images of Mark Cunningham’s massive ‘Fin Anemone’ sculpture and crusty relics rescued from the ocean floor. All on view now @ Partners & Spade as part of the Sruf Relics exhibition.
Mark Cunningham is the world’s premier bodysurfer. Born in Massachusetts and raised in Hawaii, he worked as a lifeguard for the City and County of Honolulu from 1976 to 2005, most of which was spent at Pipeline, the world’s most deadly wave. In towering, hollow surf he melded and contorted his body with the wave face, taking the sport of bodysurfing to unprecedented heights. On quiet, flat days he strapped on mask and snorkel and scoured the reefs and sandbars, plucking gold rings, lighters, fins, and fishing paraphernalia off the bottom.
“Surf Relics” features thirty-five years of Cunningham’s findings. Some pieces are more terrestrial than aquatic; others look as though they’ve been chewed, swallowed, and burped back up by the sea. They ooze a briny, “from whence we came” aura that suggests crustaceans.
                                                                                                           - Jamie Brisick 

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