“Once surfing gets into your bones, there is no shedding it,” says Sari Anne Tuschman, editor-in-chief of FOAM magazine. “I just don’t feel like myself if I haven’t been in the ocean in a while.” For athletes like Tuschman, one might even go as far as to say that surfing has become part their DNA—perhaps that’s why when you first see the image of her above, dressed in black with surfboard fins protruding from her forearms, it looks so natural.
The portrait is part of a new series from New York photographer and lifelong surfer Alberto Guglielmi who, in searching for a way to lend support to victims of Hurricane Sandy, photographed 39 creative surfers for his charitable art exhibit “Surfer DNA,” which officially opened on June 5 at the SoHotel Art Space in New York.
Guglielmi shot surfers like Tuschman, fashion designer Cynthia Rowley, filmmaker Mikey DeTemple, designer John Moore, and actress AnnaSophia Robb with donated MFC Hawaii surfboard fins attached to their arms, backs, legs, and heads, later editing the straps out so the fins looks like they are part of the surfers’ anatomies.
The exhibit will eventually move to Aesthesia in Los Angeles and then to Montauk Beach House on Long Island in August. All proceeds from an on-site auction and online experience auction will go to Waves for Water charity’s Sandy Relief Initiative.
“I’ve always loved the outdoors and been a big skier and snowboarder, but something changed when I learned to surf, “ Tuschman tells Grind of her time working on the project. “It’s more than an activity, it’s a way of life.”
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