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Goliaths of the Pacific

A photo retrospective by award winning water photographer, Jason Murray

| posted on September 15, 2011

What: Artist’s reception for Goliaths of the Pacific – The BIg Wave Hunters, a photo retrospective by Jason Murray, award winning water photographer.

Where: The Kona Gallery, 412 N. El Camino Real, San Clemente, CA, 92672

When: Friday, September 16th. 7:00PM to Midnight. Show runs through Dec. 15th, 2011

About the show:
FOR THE LAST TEN YEARS, A SMALL GROUP OF SKILLED WATERMEN HAS BEEN CHASING BIG SWELLS AROUND THE GLOBE. JASON MURRAY HAS DOCUMENTED THEIR JOURNEY AS THE SURFERS CHALLENGED NATURE, THEMSELVES AND THE LIMITS OF BIG WAVE SURFING.

THIS LIMITED EDITION ARCHIVAL PRINT COLLECTION IS THE RESULT OF NUMEROUS ADVENTURES ACROSS THE PACIFIC IN SEARCH OF THE LARGEST WAVES THE WORLD HAS EVER SEEN. SO, PULL UP A RINGSIDE SEAT AT TEAHUPOO, SIT IN THE CHANNEL FOR A GROUNDBREAKING PADDLE SESSION AT THE CORTES BANK OR YELL AT THE TOP OF YOUR LUNGS AS MARK HEALEY ESCAPES CERTAIN DEATH AT THE YETI. PLEASE ENJOY THESE HISTORICAL MOMENTS IN BIG WAVE SURFING FROM THE RELATIVE SAFETY THE KONA GALLERY IN SAN CLEMENTE.

THE SHOW FEATURES GREG LONG, MARK HEALEY, JAMIE MITCHELL, RUSTY LONG, RAIMANA, PETER MEL, TWIGGY AND A HANDFUL OF OTHER WORLD CLASS ATHLETES. FEATURED ARENAS ARE MAVERICKS, THE CORTES BANK, JAWS, ISLA DE TODOS SANTOS, THE YETI, WEINER’S, PUERTO ESCONDIDO AND TEAHUPOO.

CERTAIN NAMES HAVE BEEN CHANGED TO PROTECT THE INNOCENT.

About the artist:
JASON MURRAY HAS BEEN DOCUMENTING HIS WORLD FOR OVER 2 DECADES. RAISED ON SALTWATER, SKINNED KNEES AND A HEALTHY APPETITE FOR EXPLORATION, HE’S BEEN BOTH WITNESS AND ACTIVE PARTICIPANT IN THE EVOLUTION OF THE BOARDING UNIVERSE. SINCE TAKING HIS FIRST STEPS ON THE NJ SHORELINE, HE’S BEEN STANDING SIDEWAYS, MOVING FORWARD, GLIDING ON WATER, ROLLING OVER TRANSITIONS OR FLOATING THROUGH POWDER. ALONG THE WAY, HE’S DOCUMENTED THE PLANET’S BEST ATHLETES, CAPTURED THE BIGGEST WAVES, STEEPEST PEAKS AND THE MUSICIANS WHO FILL THESE DIVERSE WORLDS WITH SOUND.

AFTER GRADUATING FROM UCSC IN 1997 WITH A MASTERS DEGREE IN APPLIED ECONOMICS AND FINANCE, JASON TRADED IN HIS CALCULATOR FOR A CAMERA AND BEGAN HIS CAREER WITH SURFER MAGAZINE AS THE PHOTOGRAPHIC EDITOR, A POSITION HE WOULD HOLD UNTIL 2003.

FOR THE LAST EIGHT YEARS, JASON HAS CIRCLED THE GLOBE FROM TAHITI TO NOVA SCOTIA, THE CARIBBEAN TO CHILE, HAWAII TO AFRICA AND EVERYWHERE IN BETWEEN CREATING UNIQUE IMAGES FOR CLIENTS AND MAGAZINES ALIKE. AS THE CURRENT DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY FOR QUIKSILVER, JASON HAS FOUND A HOME AS AN INTEGRAL MEMBER OF THE CREATIVE CONTENT TEAM FOR THE WORLDS’ BIGGEST BOARD SPORTS LIFESTYLE COMPANY.

HE CURRENTLY RESIDES IN SAN CLEMENTE, CA WITH HIS WIFE AND TWO YOUNG SONS. HAVING A WEAKNESS FOR CHEESE STEAKS AND WORLD-CLASS PIZZA, HE CAN OFTEN BE FOUND VISITING THE JERSEY SHORE WHEN THE WAVES ARE UP.

WWW.PHOTOMURRAY.COM, 949 939 8186

About the Kona Gallery:
THE KONA GALLERY AND PHOTOJOURNALISM CENTER WAS LAUNCHED BY SCOTT MC KIERNAN ON OCTOBER 12, 2009. SCOTT IS ALSO THE FOUNDER / CEO OF ZUMA PRESS, THE WORLD’S LARGEST INDEPENDENT PRESS AGENCY AND WIRE SERVICE. THE KONA CENTER HOSTS EXHIBITION RECEPTIONS MONTHLY, WITH A DYNAMIC ROTATION OF PHOTOGRAPHIC ART IN ITS THREE EXHIBITIONS SPACES:

1. KONA PHOTOJOURNALISM GALLERY : SOCIALLY CONCERNED PHOTOJOURNALISM + REPORTAGE BY SOME OF THE LEADING PHOTOGRAPHERS OF OUR TIME
2. BIG WEDNESDAY ARTIST SPACE : MIXED MEDIA, WHERE DIFFERENT MEDIUMS MEET AND BLOSSOM – THE SUM GREATER THAN THE PARTS), THE HOME OF THE BIG WEDNESDAY PHOTO NIGHT LECTURE SERIES, A FREE MONTHLY EVENT HELD FOR INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS AND AFICIONADOS ALIKE.
3. Z SURF GALLERY : SURF RELATED ART AND PHOTOGRAPHY BY THE MASTERS OF SURF PHOTOGRAPHY.

THEKONAGALLERY.COM, 412 N. EL CAMINO REAL, SAN CLEMENTE, 92672, 949 481 3747

Presenting sponsors: QUIKSILVER, PELIGROSO TEQUILA AND DAPHNE’S CALIFORNIA GREEK

About the Sponsors:
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PELIGROSO TEQUILA IS CALIFORNIA’S FASTEST GROWING NEW TEQUILA! PELIGROSO IS AN ULTRA PREMIUM TEQUILA MADE WITH THE FINEST 100% WEBER BLUE AGAVE, AND IS ESTATE GROWN WITHOUT USING HERBICIDES OR PESTICIDES. PELIGROSO WAS LAUNCHED ON MAY 5 2010, IS BASED OUT OF SAN CLEMENTE CALIFORNIA, AND IS CURRENTLY DISTRIBUTED IN CALIFORNIA, HAWAII, NEVADA, ARIZONA, AND MEXICO. PELIGROSO, WHICH TRANSLATES INTO DANGEROUS, STANDS FOR EVERYTHING ABOUT MEXICO AND ITS COVETED SPIRIT, TEQUILA. PELIGROSO REPRESENTS THE DANGER AND BEAUTY OF MEXICO… SKETCHY BOARDERS, DIRT ROADS, SMASHED RENTAL CARS, FEDERALES, BANDITOS, SCORCHING SUN, RUGGED COASTLINE, PERFECT WAVES, FISHING COOLERS, COLD CERVEZA AND OF COURSE, TEQUILA! WWW.PELIGROSOTEQUILA.COM HTTP://WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/PELIGROSOTEQUILA

DAPHNE’S CALIFORNIA GREEK IS THE COUNTRY’S LARGEST CHAIN OF COMPANY-OWNED MEDITERRANEAN AND GREEK-INSPIRED FAST CASUAL RESTAURANTS WITH 57 CORPORATE OR LICENSED LOCATIONS THROUGHOUT THE WESTERN UNITED STATES. ESTABLISHED IN 1991, THE BRAND WAS BOUGHT BY WREATH EQUITY LLC IN AUGUST 2010 AND RE-POSITIONED WITH BRAND AMBASSADOR, 10-TIME WORLD SURFING CHAMPION KELLY SLATER, TO COMMUNICATE A NEW COMMITMENT TO A VIBRANT CALIFORNIA LIFESTYLE. DAPHNE’S CALIFORNIA GREEK REPRESENTS A NEW GENRE OF FOOD: FRESH CALIFORNIA CUISINE INFLUENCED BY MEDITERRANEAN FLAVORS AND DISHES. THE EXTENSIVE MENU FEATURES THE BEST SELECTION OF HIGH QUALITY INGREDIENTS INCLUDING HEALTHY FATS, WHOLE GRAINS, GRILLED MEATS AND SEAFOOD, AS WELL AS FLAVORFUL HERBS AND SPICES. THE COMPANY STRONGLY BELIEVES IN RESPONSIBLE BUSINESS PRACTICES AND IS COMMITTED TO SUPPORTING ITS LOCAL COMMUNITIES. FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT WWW.DAPHNES.BIZ.

Photo: Murray

Photo: Murray

Photo: Murray

Photo: Murray