The Doris Duke Surf Fest is back again and will be even bigger than last year’s event. This Friday, July 13th and Saturday July 14th (rain date Sunday July 15th) from 4:00 to 7:00pm, Water Brother’s Sid Abruzzi is once again organizing an outstanding exhibit of over 200 surfboards representing all the eras of surfing history displayed atop the rolling hills of Doris Duke’s Rough Point estate. While special emphasis will be placed on the surfboard evolution that took place during the 1960’s and 1970’s, examples of pre-60’s surf craft and interesting designs from the 80’s to the present will also be displayed. Those with unique boards are encouraged to showcase them, simply reach out to Sid to get more details.
Among the sponsors for this year’s event are the Newport Restoration Foundation, Water Brothers, Barcardi USA, Narragansett Beer, and Houlihan, Managhan, Morrissey & Kyle. There will be a cash bar plus great local food available for purchase at the Tallulah’s Tacos and Flat Waves food carts. Attendees will also be able to visit the exhibit, Passport to the World: Doris Duke the International Traveler, in the Rough Point Galleries. Advance ticket purchase are strongly encouraged. Cost of tickets is $10 (children under 12 are free) and can be purchased at Water Brothers, Flat Waves, Rough Point or online. As the LKRE team tips our hat to the art of surfing, we’d like to salute the trailblazers of the sport who foraged the path for us from the waves of Hawaii to the shores of Newport, RI. Below are some photos of last year’s event as well as some fun vintage surf shots of wave-loving guys & gals!