September 13, 2011

“Goliaths of the Pacific – Big Wave Hunters” Opens Friday, September 16th in San Clemente

What: Artist’s reception for Goliaths of the Pacific – The BIg Wave Hunters, a photo retrospective by Jason Murray, award winning water photographer.

Where: The Kona Gallery, 412 N. El Camino Real, San Clemente, CA, 92672

When: Friday, September 16th. 7:00PM to Midnight. Show runs through Dec. 15th, 2011

About the show:

FOR THE LAST TEN YEARS, A SMALL GROUP OF SKILLED WATERMEN HAVE BEEN CHASING BIG SWELLS AROUND THE GLOBE. JASON MURRAY HAS DOCUMENTED THEIR JOURNEY AS THE SURFERS CHALLENGED NATURE, THEMSELVES AND THE LIMITS OF BIG WAVE SURFING.

THIS LIMITED EDITION ARCHIVAL PRINT COLLECTION IS THE RESULT OF NUMEROUS ADVENTURES ACROSS THE PACIFIC IN SEARCH OF THE LARGEST WAVES THE WORLD HAS EVER SEEN. SO, PULL UP A RINGSIDE SEAT AT TEAHUPOO, SIT IN THE CHANNEL FOR A GROUNDBREAKING PADDLE SESSION AT THE CORTES BANK OR YELL AT THE TOP OF YOUR LUNGS AS MARK HEALEY ESCAPES CERTAIN DEATH AT THE YETI. PLEASE ENJOY THESE HISTORICAL MOMENTS IN BIG WAVE SURFING FROM THE RELATIVE SAFETY THE KONA GALLERY IN SAN CLEMENTE.

THE SHOW FEATURES GREG LONG, MARK HEALEY, JAMIE MITCHELL, RUSTY LONG, RAIMANA, PETER MEL, TWIGGY AND A HANDFUL OF OTHER WORLD CLASS ATHLETES. FEATURED ARENAS ARE MAVERICKS, THE CORTES BANK, JAWS, ISLA DE TODOS SANTOS, THE YETI, WEINER’S, PUERTO ESCONDIDO AND TEAHUPOO.

CERTAIN NAMES HAVE BEEN CHANGED TO PROTECT THE INNOCENT.

About the artist:

JASON MURRAY HAS BEEN DOCUMENTING HIS WORLD FOR OVER 2 DECADES. RAISED ON SALTWATER, SKINNED KNEES AND A HEALTHY APPETITE FOR EXPLORATION, HE’S BEEN BOTH WITNESS AND ACTIVE PARTICIPANT IN THE EVOLUTION OF THE BOARDING UNIVERSE. SINCE TAKING HIS FIRST STEPS ON THE NJ SHORELINE, HE’S BEEN STANDING SIDEWAYS, MOVING FORWARD, GLIDING ON WATER, ROLLING OVER TRANSITIONS OR FLOATING THROUGH POWDER. ALONG THE WAY, HE’S DOCUMENTED THE PLANET’S BEST ATHLETES, CAPTURED THE BIGGEST WAVES, STEEPEST PEAKS AND THE MUSICIANS WHO FILL THESE DIVERSE WORLDS WITH SOUND.

AFTER GRADUATING FROM UCSC IN 1997 WITH A MASTERS DEGREE IN APPLIED ECONOMICS AND FINANCE, JASON TRADED IN HIS CALCULATOR FOR A CAMERA AND BEGAN HIS CAREER WITH SURFER MAGAZINE AS THE PHOTOGRAPHIC EDITOR, A POSITION HE WOULD HOLD UNTIL 2003.

FOR THE LAST EIGHT YEARS, JASON HAS CIRCLED THE GLOBE FROM TAHITI TO NOVA SCOTIA, THE CARIBBEAN TO CHILE, HAWAII TO AFRICA AND EVERYWHERE IN BETWEEN CREATING UNIQUE IMAGES FOR CLIENTS AND MAGAZINES ALIKE. AS THE CURRENT DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY FOR QUIKSILVER, JASON HAS FOUND A HOME AS AN INTEGRAL MEMBER OF THE CREATIVE CONTENT TEAM FOR THE WORLDS’ BIGGEST BOARD SPORTS LIFESTYLE COMPANY.

HE CURRENTLY RESIDES IN SAN CLEMENTE, CA WITH HIS WIFE AND TWO YOUNG SONS. HAVING A WEAKNESS FOR CHEESE STEAKS AND WORLD-CLASS PIZZA, HE CAN OFTEN BE FOUND VISITING THE JERSEY SHORE WHEN THE WAVES ARE UP.

www.photomurray.com

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