Surf Tribe by Stephan Vanfleteren

04/01/2018

In case that you are still looking for some inspiration regarding what to do during the Easter holidays how about a day trip to Knokke-Heist? The cultural centre there is currently hosting the wonderful exhibition "Surf Tribe" by renowned Belgian photographer Stephan Vanfleteren. He took 2500 photos of surfers (obviously only a selection is on view here though), however not in action but when they are out of their element.

 

My favourite quote "I always thought that photographer was the best job in the world (among actor and singer). Now I realize that surfer should definitely be on this list as well".

 

Basically he does what he does best: Make stunning black and white photographs that give you the feeling to be able to see right into the soul of each individual person. Highly recommendable!!

 

Until May 27th.

 

 Yes, of course you will see some handsome beach boys...

 

 

 ... as well as breathtaking beach babes.

 

 

Of every nationality, skin colour and age.

 

 

He even found the Johnny Depps of surfing.

 

 

He will not shy back from also showing us the stereotypes that we might all be wrestling with.

 

 

 For both genders.

 

 

 But there are also a few adorable shots of (highly talented) young surfers. And again girls...

 

 

 ... and boys...

 

 

 ... from everywhere. Some use simple planks as surfboards but they seem to be equally happy (so what does that teach us?).

 

 

 ... from everywhere. Some use simple planks as surfboards but they seem to be equally happy (so what does that teach us?).

 

 

 He shows us the kings (here surfer legend Laird Hamilton)...

 

 

 ... and queens (dang, I forgot to write down her name... sorry).

 

 

 And also the ones who suffered and conquered and never gave up loving sea, sand and sun. (Her arm was bitten off by a shark when she was merely 13. She works as a professional surfer today).

 

 

 His eye was taken out by the sharp point of his surfboard (apparently a rather common accident among surfers).

 

 

 Dean Vandewalle is the only Belgian among the 100 best surfers in the world and that age 16. Guess where he's from? Yes, of course. From Knokke-Heist.

 

 

 And if you're already there also have a look at the little exhibition downstairs, which is not bad either.

 

 

 

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