Surf School

  • Image: Photo by Dave Muir

25 May — 08 Jun 2019

The Exchange

The Craft Behind Surfing

Surf School seeks to show surf culture as a respected craft form, presenting a selection of designers, photographers and filmmakers  who have made surfing their business, and craftspeople who capture the balance between design and nature.

The exhibition will  delve into the origins of cold water surfing with the film I Knew Jack O’Neill by Hamblin Imagery, a film about Skewjack, the legendary surf village at Sennen, and A Road Through Galicia by Luke Pilbeam. Otter Surfboards will be in residence, demonstrating the skill of making a wooden board, and running a workshop for anyone wanting to make their own board. There will also be works by local photographers who focus on surfing, including Dave Muir, Luke Pilbeam, and Jack Johns.

There will be daily workshops and demos, including how to make surf wax.
See Read More below for details of Surf School events.

Exhibitors include Jack Johns, Nick Pumphrey, James Parry, Dave Muir, James Otter & Otter Surfboards, Skewjack Stories, Rich Emerson, Bee Bumps Eco Surf Wax, Hamblin Imagery, Luke Pilbeam, and Pete Geall.

FRI 24 MAY, 19.00 – 22.00
Celebrate the opening of Surf School with good music, good food and local brews with our friends and supporters.

There will be music from the wonderfully talented Milo Gore a five-piece smooth flowing indie pop band; food from The Exchange Cafe offering vegan chorizo hot dogs and pulled bbq Jackfruit on tortilla chips, and the bar will be serving Cornish Crown Lager, One Hop, local ciders and our selection of vegan wines.

FREE, and all welcome.



SAT 25 MAY – SAT 1 JUN, 12:00-15:00

Make your own eco friendly, cold water surf wax, made from cornish bees’ wax, tree resin and coconut oil. It’s super easy to make once you know how.

Surf wax is an essential tool to help surfers maintain a grip on their surfboard. Without it, it’s difficult to keep  your balance, and you can forget about doing any tricks! U12s must be accompanied by an adult.

£4, booking via Eventbrite, please bring your ticket with you.

FRI 31 MAY, 10.00 – 16.00

Under the guidance of James Otter of Otter Surfboards you will design, craft and finish your own handplane.

Otter Surfboards will be in residence during the two-week exhibition, crafting a new wooden board in the gallery and will  take a break from their work for this day-long workshop.

£130 for the day’s tuition, and all materials. Booking via eventbrite.
Participants must be aged 16 or over.

Find out more about Otter Surfboards

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Venue: The Exchange
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Open: TUE - SAT, 10.00 - 16.00
Closed: SUN & MON

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