Richard Kenvin is Director of the Hydrodynamica Project. He writes for The Surfer's Journal and is the guest curator of the Surf Craft exhibition.
A beautiful coffee table book stuffed with stunning images of the boards on display from the exhibition. It's worth buying simply for the photos alone, but Surf Craft also includes a thoughtfully-written 40-page introduction by Kenvin that traces the evolution of surfboard design, and also explains how meticulous handcraftmanship can inform modern high volume commercially-made surf craft; it's a well-reasoned take on how ramping up surfboard production in the '60s didn't necessarily kill the beauty and art of surfboards. * Surfer Magazine * Richard Kenvin traces the history of surfing from an exclusive pursuit of Hawaiian royals-the 1% scored the most bouyant boards-to the post-Gidget era of big-money competition. Where long or short, wood or fiberglass-all gorgeously photographed here-surfboards have retained their basic uplifting function. Readers may be surprised at how many funky variations board designers have produced over the years-and how beautiful they can be. * The Wall Street Journal * In his gorgeous and learned new book, Surf Craft: Design and the Culture of Board Riding Richard Kenvin makes a strong case that surfboards should be considered works of art. -- John McMurtrie * San Francisco Chronicle * Anyone interested in design or surfing or both cannot fail to be enchanted by this beautiful book.... High-quality photographs of the exhibited boards, both traditional and modern, are accompanied by Kenvin's thoughtful commentary on the history of surf board design. -- Fiona Capp * Sydney Morning Herald *