A World traveler, a socialite, and a philanthropist, Doris Duke was a woman who loved to play. A new exhibit at her Newport RI mansion reveals the sporting side of the noted heiress and historic preservationist’s personality. See some 200 surfboards representing all the eras of surfing history displayed atop the rolling hills of Doris Duke’s Rough Point estate, as well as Doris Duke’s very own 1960 Velzy board. This is New England’s only vintage surfboard show and is curated by surfing legend Sid Abruzzi of Water Brothers. Enjoy shapers as they demo their craft and classic footage of Newport RI surfers will be on view as well as the ocean view, cash bar featuring spirits by Bacardi and Narragansett Beer, live steel drum music by Aaron Cote, fresh tacos from Tallulah on Thames and Hawaiian food from Flat Waves Restaurant. We will also be joined by local environmental group, Clean Ocean Access. Special guest Jason Jessee will also be there hanging out and working the event with the WB Staff.
The event will be happening Friday, July 13th and Saturday July 14th (rain date Sunday July 15th) from 4:00 to 7:00pm. The admission cost is $10 for adults; children 12 and under are free. Tickets are available at Water Brothers, Rough Point, or online HERE. For questions contact Liz@newportrestoration.org or (401) 846-4152.
With entry into the Surf Fest you will also be able to tour the 2012 special exhibition “Passport to the World: Doris Duke the International Traveler”which celebrates Doris Duke’s love of travel through photographs and artifacts.