Fresh art at SFO and Austin-Bergstrom airports

Courtesy Austin-Bergstrom Int’l Airport

Next time you go to the airport, see some art:

At Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, there’s a new exhibit featuring traditional art and artifacts from Mexico and artwork on loan from Austin’s Mexic-Arte Museum.

Some pieces in “Connections & Intersections,” are on loan from the Mexican Consulate General’s office in Austin. Other pieces are from the Mexic-Arte Museum’s Changarrito program, which is a mobile art vending cart that provides Central American visual artists with an opportunity to showcase and sell their work in Austin.  Look for the exhibition through the end of April, post-security between gates 7 to 11.

And, it looks like surf’s up at San Francisco International Airport.

Pipeline, Oahu, Hawaii 1975; Jeff Divine

The SFO Museum is presenting a new exhibition featuring Jeff Devine’s photographs capturing legendary surfers in the 1970s and images of surf culture.


Gerry Lopez, Sunset Beach, Oahu, Hawaii 1974; by Jeff Divine – courtesy SFO Museum

Jeff Define: 1970s Surf Photography is on view at SFO Airport in the pre-security area of the Departures Level in Terminal 3 through May 18, 2017.


Surf’s up – again – at Munich Airport

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Passengers hanging out at Munich Airport in Germany can now hang 10 as well.

Free surfing, with complimentary loaner surfboards and wetsuits, is available through Aug. 24 in a giant standing wave pool set up outdoors between Terminals 1 and 2.

Pre-registered guests can surf 10 at a time for 45-minute sessions. Twice a day, a bar will be placed across the water so beginners can hold on.

Non-surfers can watch the action between flights from the poolside grandstand or from a temporary beach, which has palm trees, lounge chairs and a cocktail bar.

This is the fourth year surfing has been an option at the Munich Airport Center, a public space that also hosts an annual beach volleyball tournament and a Christmas Market.

Surfing at Munich Airport

(My story about surfing at Munich Airport first appeared on NBC News Travel)

Surf’s up at Munich Airport

In just a few weeks you’ll be able to surf at Munich Airport.

Yes, surf!

munich surfing

From July 30 to August 24, 2014 a giant standing wave machine – billed as the world’s largest – returns to Munich Airport offering free rides on real surfboards on an endless wave.

During the installation, the airport offers surfing camp for kids each morning and free rides for anyone 8 years of age and older each afternoon. And on August 9 and 10, the European Championships in Stationary Wave Riding will take place at the airport, with spectators admitted for free.

Free surfing takes place each day from 3 p.m to 8:15 p.m. and equipment (surfboards, wetsuits, etc.) can be borrowed. Registration for one of the 45 minute surfing slots can be made two days in advance and, for true beginners, rods are placed across the water each twice each day to make it easier to hang ten.

Surf’s up at Munich Airport

The surf’s definitely up at Munich Airport this summer.


The 3rd European Standing Wave Championship is going on this weekend in a giant wave pool installed between two runways at Munich Airport, with surfers competing for 10,000 euros in prize money.

Here’s a highlight video from last year:

The competition is part of the “Surf & Style powered by Lufthansa” event running through August 25 and anyone can stop by and go surfing from 10 am until 8pm. There’s even a free surfing time each day starting at 3 pm (reservations required).

For those who have finished surfing or who just want to hang out by the water, there’s a beach area with palm trees, lounge chairs and a cocktail bar.

There’s another way to surf for free at Munich Airport: on the internet.

In the past, 30 free Wi-Fi minutes were only accessible to those who opened a browser, put in a mobile phone number and waited for a text message with a log-in code.

Now you just need to launch a browser and plug in an email address to get on-line.

Surf’s Up at John Wayne Airport (JWA)

An exhibit about southern California surfing history has rolled into John Wayne Airport (SNA) in Santa Ana, California.

Titled, “California’s Orange Coast: 42 Miles of Tradition and Lore,” and sponsored by the Surfing Heritage Foundation, the exhibit uses maps, artifacts and photographs to explore the role surfing has played in Orange County over the past 100 years.

The exhibit is on display through October 27 across from gates 1 through 4 and 11 through 14 in the airport’s Thomas F. Riley Terminal.

Photo: Items from Newport Beach’s surf community, including a board and trunks from the collection of Randy Hild and Quicksilver. Courtesy John Wayne Airport.