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Surf Island, passionate look at Newport RI, a surfing community

By Edited Jul 28, 2016 3 5

water brothers surf tattoos Newport RI Surf Island
Credit: Jason Evans


Jason Evans provided a personal in depth look into the vibrant surfing culture of one small New England town, better known for its mansions of the gilded age of society, Newport RI.

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It is the wave and the mysterious challenge Mother Nature presents mankind, a never-ending quest for the surfer to unify himself with endless breaking waves. In short, the surfer borrows the spirit of the wave for an instant and translates its essence into art. Just as Impressionist artists tried to capture the momentary and transient effects of sunlight, soul surfing rides on the back of Mother Nature coexisting ever briefly for one spiritual moment.

Installed in the Griswold House of the Newport Art Museum in June 2010, the exhibition showed the outer body art of surf tattoos and the inner heart of the soul surfer and the glee of the amateur surfer in all types of weather on Newport's rocky coast. This exhibition surely  scored with gandelfs and newbie surfers alike and gave insight to a subculture which has surfed Newport's rocky coasts for generations. Surf Island is Goin' off Sane! Surf Island was a passionate look into the world of one small community's surf riders, water brothers and sisters via a photographic exhibition at the Newport Art Museum in Rhode Island.

Find Jason Evans at JasonEvansImagery.com.

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  The Griswold House a National Historic Landmark and an Official Project of Save America's Treasures. Designed in 1862 by famed architect Richard Morris Hunt, it was completed in 1864 for John N.A. Griswold, a China Trade merchant and financier. Griswold House was Hunt's first major commission in Newport and is the premier example of American Stick Style architecture.



May 29, 2010 2:59am
As a young girl I liked body surfing in the Atlantic and went every summer. Oregon Pacific Ocean is too cold.I tried it once several years after I moved here and it was not pleasant. Thank you for the renewal of the thrill of surfing. You presented this well.
Jun 2, 2010 8:55pm
Since I live in the area near Laguna Beach, California, I always think of surfing as a uniquely Southern California experience. Thanks for enlightening me to the surfing opportunities in Rhode Island!
Jul 12, 2010 4:01am
Wonderful article to read. Such a nice and pleasant writing style.
Nov 12, 2011 1:10pm
Great article. Loved the video! Brings back many sweet memories of bushy blonde hair-dos, hirachi sandals, and humid New England days.
Nov 12, 2011 2:22pm
that's when you went from ECL to WCL...xo
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