Leadership Hermosa Beach hosts Boards Across Hermosa

Leadership Hermosa Beach’s Tara McNamara, Sonia Rodriguez, Susan Casty, James Hyatt, Arlene Vernon, Samantha Borghi, Erika Newman, and Brian Petruzzelli. The group met each Wednesday evening in February at Tower 12 to collect donated surfboards. Photo by Kevin Cody

Lance Smith’s “Green Meanie #3 with a Budweiser” will be on display at Hermosa Saloon. His board was restored for painting by Jose Barahona and Matt of Aqua Tech.

by Ralph Doyle

Francziska Steagall at Spyder Surf on Pier Avenue. Steagall is on the board of the Catalina Classic Paddleboard Race, which inspired her design. Photo by Susan Casty/Leadership Hermosa

Surfboards as art canvases isn’t a new idea. But Leadership Hermosa Beach is taking surfboard art to a new level with its Boards Across Hermosa.

Leadership Hermosa was founded in 2003 to train residents to become community leaders. Each class undertakes a community service project. 

Antoinette Marie’s surfboard will be exhibited at Sol Baby, on Pier Avenue, in Hermosa Beach.

The Leadership Hermosa Class of 2022 invited residents to donate old surfboards, and invited local artists to paint the boards. Over 80 artists participated in the project. The surfboards will be exhibited in businesses throughout town. But first the boards will be exhibited at the Hermosa Beach Surfer Walk of Fame Ceremony on Pier Plaza on Saturday, April 23. The boards will be brought together a final time for exhibiting at the Hermosa Beach Fiesta over the Memorial Day weekend. The boards will then be auctioned off. Proceeds from the auctions will go to the artists. 

Jayime Jean, and David Nelson at Hammitt, on Pacific Coast Highway. Photo by Susan Casty/Leadership Hermosa

“This is an opportunity to promote local artists and local businesses,” project co-leader James Hyatt said.

For more about Boards Across Hermosa, visit LeadershipHermosa.org. HBSWOF

Priscilla Ortiz at Resin Gallery, on Cypress Avenue, with gallery director Rafael McMaster.


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