“Surf the classic way, from Amazon to Piratebay.” That’s the motto for the upcoming web surfing competition hosted by Rhizome at Rockaway Beach Surf Club on August 10th. The event will be the first hyperlink race to occur in New York City, inspired by the Trail Blazers live web surfing competitions overseas. Trail Blazers events began four years ago at Merz Academy in Stuttgart, Germany. Using only a computer mouse and web links, contestants flexed their surfing skills (sans Google), competing to reach Piratebay from Amazon as fast as possible. The group takes its name from the pioneering American engineer and scientist Vannevar Bush, who in 1945 famously penned, “There is a new profession of trail blazers, those who find delight in the task of establishing useful trails through the enormous mass of the common record.
It’s only fitting that the prizes for the web surfing competition will include gear from Arcangel Surfware, artist Cory Arcangel’s line of “mainstream non-aspirational (in)activewear.” He describes the clothes and accessories as, “everything you need to chill in bed all day and surf the net.” The surfware collection debuted earlier this spring at a one-day pop-up shop in the Holiday Inn Soho. The name of the one-off boutique was You Only Live Once and looked more like an unkempt living room, replete with a bowl of soggy Rice Krispies, than the average meticulously designed Soho pop-up.
Rhizome’s free web surfing event begins at 1 p.m. on Sunday, August 10th at Rockaway Beach Surf Club. If you think you have what it takes to ‘surf the classic way’ with the agility of a tenured hacker, email Rhizome for your chance to compete.
Arcangel Surfware “YOLO” Pop-Up Shop Holiday Inn by arcangelsurfware
All photos by Tim Barber for Arcangel Surfware