Major Media Momentum Builds for National Luau Hosted by Surfing Heritage and Culture Center on Friday, August 21 in Washington, DC

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CBS News in Los Angeles Covers Major Event in Surfing History as Surfing Heritage and Culture Center Hosts National Luau to Kick off Weekend of Sharing Major Artifacts with Nation. National Luau Will Be at the Reagan Building and International Trade Center.

The National Luau Will Be On August 21, 2015 in Washington, DC

The National Luau Will Be On August 21, 2015 in Washington, DC

“Luaus have always been great gatherings for Hawaiian culture and our First National Luau will draw together icons that helped shape and form surfing as a culture along with modern heroes and surfers from across the globe,” said Paul Strauch.

Growing from a committed group of surfers in line ups along coastal surf breaks across the United States and around the world, according the KCBS Los Angeles news reports, surfing is ready for a major cultural milestone as Washington DC opens its doors to recognize surfing culture and its icons.

“On August 21, the First National Luau will bring together generations of surfers and icons to celebrate the growth of surfing culture and its very large and fun influence on American culture,” said Paul Strauch, Executive Director of the Surfing Heritage and Culture Center and recent inductee onto Surfing’s Walk Of Fame. “We look forward to sharing some of surfing’s rarest items with the nation and really enshrining the accomplishments of so many surfers for a national audience.”

Drawing together surfers from two continents and across the United States, the National Luau will draw together the participants of some of the great moments in the development of surf culture, from Duke Kahanamoku’s legacy to an rollicking question and answer session with the original cast of the landmark The Endless Summer documentary film.

“Surfing is incredibly fun and the Luau will be just that, a great time that creates lasting, indelible memories,” explained Paul Strauch. “Major media coverage from KCBS and others has helped us inform surfers across the country of the event they will not want to miss.”

Earlier this summer, KCBS Channel 2 News in Los Angeles, CA completed an in depth report on all of the surfing artifacts, including a surfboard hand shaped and ridden by Duke Kahanamoku, a 16 mm original print of the Endless Summer, along with memorabilia from the film and others that will be shared with the nation during the weekend.

For more information on the KCBS Channel 2 News report, go to http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2015/06/17/historically-significant-surfboards-from-o-c-to-be-displayed-at-smithsonian/

“Luaus have always been great gathering moments for Hawaiian culture and our First National Luau will draw together into one room icons that helped shape and form surfing as a culture along with modern heroes and surfers from across the globe,” said Paul Strauch. “See you in Washington on Friday, August 21.”

About Surfing Heritage & Culture Center
Founded in 2000 the Surfing Heritage is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving, presenting and promoting surfing’s heritage for the appreciation and education of current and future generations. SHACC serves as the world’s foremost educational and support resource for surfing publications, manufacturers, and museums. Surfing Heritage is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit. For more information go to http://www.surfingheritage.org

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