WAPLINGTON, Nick. Surf Riot.

Little Big Man, 2011. First edition. Folio. Unpaginated. An amazing volume of photographs capturing The Great Surf Riot Of 1986. Waplington drove to Huntington Beach, where he had been planning to watch the OP Surf Pro Championships. Upon arrival, all hell was breaking loose. Having only one roll of 24 exposure film, Waplington documented the chaos exploding around him in 25 concise frames. The photographs within Surf Riot contradict the standard imagery associated with American surf culture from the 1980s. Gone is the laid-back Adonis figure and his flaxen-haired beach babe, and instead, in full lurid colour, we see sunburned teens running wild. Unlike other youth revolts, this surf riot bears little in the name of protest, it’s merely a spontaneous eruption of violence just for the sport of it. Coca Cola cups and radio station promotions lay trampled underfoot, commercial symbols of contentment cast aside. Surf Riot has preserved a few hours’ worth of 1986 as if in amber. A very near fine copy in saddle-stitched silkscreened wrappers. Published in a total edition of 300 copies, this is one of 100 copies with an additional 11×14 traditional c-print which is signed by the photographer, and loose silkscreen cover image. All items housed in the publishers printed box with signed and numbered limitation number.  Crease to box, otherwise a fine example.


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