Exhibition makes waves

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 16 February, 2003, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 16 February, 2003, 12:00am

Hong Kong's surfing culture is limited to a handful of optimistic surfers whose patience is rewarded with the occasional decent wave. If we had just a fraction of the fantastic waves that kiss the east coast of Australia, we might have the kind of surfing scene that is so much a part of Australian beach culture.

Everyone has seen the images of surfers perched precariously on the crest of a mammoth wave, but what do these aquatic daredevils do when they are on land? A new exhibition of black-and-white photos at the Fringe Club, 'On Unfavourable Days', offers a glimpse into the surfing scene beyond the waves.

The exhibition is the result of six years' work by twin brothers Erick and Ian Regnard. The 36-year-old brothers grew up in Mauritius, where they learned to surf, and emigrated to Perth, Australia with their parents in 1983. They are freelance sports photographers and keen surfers.

'On rainy days when the surf was not good, we began taking portraits of surfers, models and musicians,' Ian said.

The portraits soon extended from surfers within their group of friends to include surfer Kelly Slater, supermodel Helena Christensen and the Buena Vista Social Club.

On Unfavourable Days, until February 28 at the Economist Gallery, E&G Gallo Gallery and Volksvagen Fotogalerie.