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Mayumi painting in Pipeline, North Shore, Oahu, Hawaï. 2004, © Maurice Rebeix.

The amazing story of Mayumi Tsubokura, japanese painter of waves & surfing.

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Mayumi and his mother.

From Tokyo to the first waves in the Pacific Ocean

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Genzo Murakami, circa 1955
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Shimoda, Japan © Tsunefumi Satoh

Experiencing Hawaiian waves

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Wedding picture. Tokyo, 1972

A Surf Art pioneer

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Study of horse, 1973
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Mayumi, friend of the surfers

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Rochelle Ballard, Layne Beachley, and Mayumi, Anglet, 2000
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Kelly Slater and Mayumi, Biarritz, 1994
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With Laird Hamilton, Saint-Germain-en-Laye, 1995

Mayumi and “Riding Giants”

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Aloha Mayumi. Thanks for your healing hands & your teaching. 1995. Peahi. Laird Hamilton.
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Darrick Doerner, Mayumi and Gerry Lopez, Anglet, 1994
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“Before seeing “Riding Giants”, my ideas about surfing were formed by the Gidget movies, “The Endless Summer”, the Beach Boys, Elvis and lots of TV commercials. “Riding Giants” is about altogether another reality.

The overarching fact about these surfers is the degree of their obsession. They live to ride, and grow depressed when there are no waves. They seek the rush of those moments when they balance on top of a wave’s fury and feel themselves in precarious harmony with the ungovernable force of the ocean.”

Today

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His Art

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Exhibitions and projects :

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Mayumi and Rob Machado
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With Derek Ho
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With Andy Irons
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With Lisa Andersen, 2015
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Tom Carroll, Mayumi, Kelly Slater, 2009
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Japanese artist living in Biarritz, France.

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