Artist profile: Howard Kirk

By Marina Miller

Artist profile: Howard Kirk

Howard grew up surfing since before wetsuits were mainstream and rode in a limo with Duke Kahanamoku to the airport as a teenager.
Long time Kaua'i resident, Howard Kirk is now sharing his stories and passion for surfing through his paintings.

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Raised in Southern California's sunny town of Huntington Beach, Howard's life as a young adult plays out like the perfect combination of Bruce Brown's Surf Crazy and complete comedic anarchy that serves as a direct influence on today's fun loving surf star athletes.

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Howard and the Surf Board Surf Side Competition Team with Duke Kahanamoku in late summer 1967.

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When Howard was in high school, his mother donated a painting of her own of Fred Hemmings surfing to the local high school surf club. The painting was raffled off and the club used that proceeds to buy all the kids surf gear.
The Paramount Surf Club was made of kids from different nearby cities. Other kids in surrounding cities made their own clubs and they all competed in the first ever surf contests.

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The surf club also spent their time road tripping to surf from as far South as Baja, Mexico, all the way up North to Santa Cruz. Their journeys produced stories of pouring beer into an overheatedradiator and pushing a broken down car off a cliff.  So classic.

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The Surfing Walk of Fame in Huntington Beach has been commissioning Howard over the years to help commemorate the legends of surfing.

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With a passion for the waves and a paintbrush, Howard has produced quite a collection of color on canvas. Inspired by his own mother's talent and generosity, Howard is passing on his art to the Tamba Foundation by donating a proceed of his art work.
 
Mahalo!
 
Links:
Howard Kirk
Tamba Foundation
Surf Walk of Fame

Tamba 19th Anniversary Party



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