Exhibit explores flamboyant legend Dewey Weber
Little Man On Wheels exhibit to launch at Surfing Heritage Foundation
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 8 August, 2012 : - - The much-anticipated biography of flamboyant surfing legend Dewey Weber (1938-1993) is the inspiration for an exhibition at Surfing Heritage Foundation that will open to the public Sunday, September 30 and run through Sunday, November 4. Little Man On Wheels is the story of the coming of age of modern surf culture in Southern California. Beginning in the 1950s, the burgeoning Los Angeles film industry rocketed surfing into popular culture in unprecedented ways.
Of course Malibu was the film location of choice and surfers with such monikers as Kahuna, Tubesteak, and Gidget developed into important representations of surfing within cinema. South Bay surfing sensation Dewey Weber was at the center of the action and author Gerald B. Derloshon notes that: "He was a blur in the water and did things no one else thought about, much less tried. His aggressive, charging, flamboyant style defined what was meant by the term 'hotdogging.'"
The exhibition, Little Man On Wheels, is curated by Barry Haun and consists of key surfboards (such as the Dewey Weber Performer, the single most produced longboard model in the history of surfing), photographs, illustrations, and other objects that punctuate the development of Dewey Weber as an iconic surfer, millionaire businessman, and tireless industry promoter.
The 215-page, fully illustrated book by author Gerald B. Derloshon includes a foreword by 1966 World Champion Nat Young and an introduction by pioneering big wave rider Greg Noll, and photorgraphs by acclaimed surfing master lensmen such as Ron Stoner.
The Member's reception and book signing is Saturday, September 29. Become a Member of Surfing Heritage Foundation and receive an invitation to this exclusive reception. Currently on view at SHF through September 16 The Innovations of Hobie.
Author: Barry Haun
Tags: Surf History, Surf Culture, Surfing Heritage Foundation