Pepperdine Libraries Host Girls in the Curl Surf Event February 6 on Malibu Campus

Malibu, Ca. — Pepperdine University Libraries will host an event celebrating female surfers on Saturday, February 6, 2010 on the university’s Malibu campus.  Highlights of the 11 a.m. to sunset program include a lifetime contribution presentation to former world champion surfer Linda Benson, two panel discussions on women in surfing, a screening of Jamie Budge’s The Living Curl narrated by Budge, a screening of Heather Hudson’s The Women and The Waves and a special video presentation featuring women surfers by Pepperdine alumnus/surf filmmaker David Ogle.  Also planned are raffle prizes, a live auction for two Dewey Weber surfboards and two Body Glove wetsuits, an amateur photo contest with cash prizes, music, food, and tours of Pepperdine University’s special collection of rare surfboards that chronicle the history of the sport.

The first panel will address the early years of women’s surfing in California and will feature Benson, long-time competitive surfer Shelley Merrick, and the original “girl in the curl,” Kathy “Gidget” Kohner Zuckerman. A second panel will offer perspectives from manufacturing, retailing, and the world of women’s competition surfing featuring retailer Mary Hartmann of Girl in the Curl, Dana Point, pro surfer Holly Beck, and Hillary Meilsels, VP Development and General Counsel, Body Glove. Live music will showcase guitar and vocals by local Malibu surfer and musician Denny Aaberg who grew up surfing in Malibu and co-wrote Big Wednesday.

A partial list of participating organizations and individuals include Jim Miller, Body Glove; Shea Weber, Dewey Weber Surfboards; author, publisher and photographer Guy Motil; Weaver’s Coffee & Tea; surfboard collector John Mazza and filmmakers Heather Hudson, Jamie Budge and David Ogle. Proceeds from the event benefit the Malibu Historical Collection at the Pepperdine University Library that chronicles, shares, and preserves items like books, letters, diaries, photos, films, oral histories and artifacts offering insight about the transformative story of Malibu during the 20th century.  The Pepperdine Libraries plan to make these resources available to scholars and the community online and through exhibitions, lectures, and events.

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10:45am – Check-in at the Payson Library Courtyard
10:45am – John Mazza Classic Surfboard Collection Opens
10:45am – Girls in the Curl Photo Exhibition Opens
11:00am – The Living Curl Film Screening with Jamie Budge
1:00pm – Legendary Women in Surfing Panel
2:00pm – Women in the Surfing Industry Panel
3:00pm – In-N-Out Burger and Music by Denny Aaberg
4:00pm – Premier Video Screening by David Ogle
4:30pm – Women and the Waves Screening
5:15pm – Photo Contest Winners Announced; Raffle Prizes, Live Auction
5:30pm – Linda Benson Awarded Lifetime Contribution to Surfing Award

Pepperdine Libraries Host Girls in the Curl Surf Event February 6 on Malibu Campus