Come out tonight for free admission for a talk and Q&A as Chris and Wade discuss Chris’s newest book, Behold What Is Greater Than Thyself at the California Surf Museum at 312 Pier View Way, Oceanside.
There are many ways to live in Baja and at least as many ways to die. If you miss being gunned down by bandits, cops, or drug cartels, you might get bitten by a poisonous Mexican spider, fanged by an angry Mexican rattlesnake, or devoured by an international shark. A sort of Devil’s Triangle West, nothing behaves correctly once the border is crossed: small planes fall from a clear sky, pleasure boats are found bobbing mid-ocean without a crew, and the carcasses of new SUV’s from rusty roadside grave markers. Don’t drink the water. Don’t swallow the worm. Don’t flash your cash.
Still, for everyone that finds Baja hell on earth, someone else considers it the world’s last paradise. For surfers it’s a great place to find lonely and perfect waves. For sinners it’s a good place to become a saint. For saints, it’s a convenient place to become a sinner. While the unlucky can lose their wallets, their health and their sanity in twenty-four hours or less, the chosen ones part only with things not worth keeping. Baja is a bad place for some, a good place for others and the only place for a young surfer in big trouble.
Baseball is a game. Football is a sport. Surfing is a disease.
In 1972 Chris Ahrens was a surfer living on a pristine beach in Australia and wondering if he was going to eat that day, or not. It was then he wrote his first story for a surf magazine and was rewarded with fifty American dollars. Having [metaphorically speaking] learned to fish, that piece led to thirty years of countless bylines in various newspapers and magazines and every major surfing publication in the world. This was followed by three popular books on surfing. Through years of interviewing surfers, Ahrens learned the skill necessary for his work in interviewing major celebrities for Risen Magazine.
After seven years as editor in chief of Risen, Ahrens wrote and directed the award-winning documentary D.O.P.E. (Death Or Prison Eventually). That in turn led to a contract with HarperOne to co-write the memoirs of legendary skateboarder, Christian Hosoi.
Ahrens works as a full-time writer and lives on the beach in Cardiff, California with his wife Tracy and their cat, Clara. Twilight in the City of Angels is his first novel.
Wade Koniakowsky, one of the nation’s leading ocean-inspired artists, began painting at the age of six and started surfing before he was 12. By blending these two passions, he has gained worldwide recognition for his oil paintings of tropical interpretations. Wade’s work is currently showcased internationally as well as in 17 galleries extending from the East Coast to Hawaii.
Surfer magazine describes Wade’s artistic mastery as being inspired by “dreamlike point breaks in Polynesian paradise.” The artist’s work has been featured in numerous publications including Graphis, Art Direction, Communication Arts, and Print.
Many of Wade’s signature paintings can be seen in movies, television shows and international surf competitions such as The North Shore Vans Triple Crown. His designs currently adorn the custom surfboards that decorate Billabong stores nationwide.
With a formal background in advertising, Wade has served as Creative Director on campaigns for such Fortune 500 brands as Reebok, McDonald’s, Microsoft and IBM. This 25-year commitment to the advertising industry led to more than 300 creative awards including recognition by the New York Art Director’s Club and the Los Angeles Advertising Club.
Wade is owner of the Ocean Art gallery in the Solana Beach Cedros Design District.
Mark your calendars to save these dates for more Big Wednesday events:
April 20 ~ 6-9 pm
Linda Cuy,The Surf Sting: Travels with Miki Dora, da Cat and Don Wilson, Pirate Captain
Talk story and book signing
May 4 ~ 6-9 pm
Celebrate Naughton/Peterson’s newly released photo/journal book, SEARCH FOR THE PERFECT WAVE
Join us for an evening of surf stories, a brief slide show and book signings with two of surfing’s original dirt-bag travelers, Kevin Naughton and Craig Peterson. Their classic articles of surf-travel-misadventures in the 70’s and 80’s for SURFER Magazine inspired a generation to a life on the road of feral travel. Here’s a chance to relive the best of those days with two surfers who helped define that era’s great times and discoveries.
July 20 ~ 6-9 pm
Just Add Water: A Surfing Savant’s Life with Asperger’s by Clay Marzo and Robert Yehling
Robert Yehling said in an interview with Stab Magazine, “I knew of Clay’s surfing greatness, and had been following him off and on since he won the NSSA Men’s Nationals in 2006 with a perfect score. Clay always stood out to me because of his incredible surfing ability, his originality, and the way he didn’t march to anyone else’s beat. I particularly love how he’s such a great above the wave surfer. His aerials, re-entries, and positioning for those re-entries is off the charts. Then he throws down his reverse throw tails and we all wonder how he still has a functioning lower back.Like everyone else, I heard of the Asperger’s diagnosis when I watched the documentary Just Add Water.”
“Details the life of Clay Marzo with tact and illumination…in a very real and raw way that captures the reader’s attention.” — Freesurf Magazine
Mark your calendars to make sure you don’t miss these upcoming events:
Annual Members’ Party Celebrates 30 Years
Sunday, April 3 ~ Noon-4 pm
312 Pier View Way, Oceanside
Free admission for current CSM Members*
General Admission $10
*A great time to come by and renew your membership.
A big thank you to all CSM members who have supported the California Surf Museum in its mission of preserving our surfing heritage over the last 30 years. Your support has enabled CSM to share the excitement and rich history of surfing with visitors from across the U.S. and around the world.
Sunday, May 22
“Where’s the Surf? Find your swell direction with CDIP” exhibit reception with the folks behind the scenes at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography’s Coastal Data Information Program
Tuesday, July 5
“Going Big: Riding Giants Around the World: A 21-Gun Salute to the History of Big Wave Surfing” exhibit closes
Saturday, July 9
“Gonzalez Ink” 40 years of Roy Gonzalez art: exhibit opening party
Save the Date
9th Annual Gala Fundraiser
Saturday, October 29, 2016
Honoring surf legend, Nat Young
SpringHill Suites Marriott, Oceanside
50 years ago at the 1966 World Surfing Championships in San Diego, Nat rode “Magic Sam” to first place, helping to usher in surfing’s shortboard era.
Look for tickets available online and at CSM later this month. Book your room by October 15 to take advantage of group rates at the event venue:
Check in: 10/29/16
Check out: 10/30/16
Last day to book: 10/15/16
SpringHill Suites San Diego Oceanside/Downtown
$159.00 USD to $179.00 USD per night
Click here to book your group rate for California Surf Museum Gala 2016