Florida Surf Museum is proud to present an exhibit on East Coast Surfing Legend and internationally recognized artist Gary Propper. The exhibit will focus on Gary’s surfing-themed artwork. Exhibit Grand Opening takes place on August 26, 7p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Florida Surf Museum inside the Ron Jon Surf Shop rentals area.
Gary rose to prominence in the 60’s as the top competitor on the Hobie Surf Team led by the legendary Dick Catri. Gary was the winner of the 1966 East Coast Surfing Championships and was the first East Coast surfer to gain international prominence. He became the highest paid (and possibly the first) professional surfer of his era. Hobie sold over 6,000 Gary Propper model surfboards, more than any signature model in history. Gary was inducted into East Coast Surfing Hall of Fame in 1996.
Gary Propper became an entertainment promoter in the early ‘70s, mentored by San Francisco rock impresario Bill Graham- booking and promoting many of the major rock groups of the era. He is credited with discovering the comic book and formulating the ideas behind the feature film Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Gary maintains an ownership position in the rights to one of the largest grossing independent films of all time. In addition Gary has managed acts such as Gallagher and Carrot Top.