Surf Craft

June 18, 2014


This week, the Mingei International Museum in San Diego opens Surf Craft: Design and the Culture of Board Riding. The exhibition explores the evolution of surf craft and culture. Featuring surfboards made from the 1940s to today, Surf Craft celebrates the history and functional artistry of board design.

The exhibition’s catalogue was produced by Marquand Books and designed by Zach Hooker. MIT Press is distributing Surf Craft, which is also the cover for their Fall 2014 catalogue. The book includes 150 full-color illustrations. Richard Kenvin’s essays reflect on the trajectory of surf craft and the influences that shaped post-war American board design—from Hawaii’s ancient alaia boards to the strange and wonderful surf bathing boards found in Africa, Japan, and England.

To learn more about the exhibition, visit the Mingei International Museum. To purchase a copy of Surf Craft, visit MIT Press.



Photography by Jeremy Linden