Just as an ocean wave takes shape, crests and crashes after a wild winter storm, somewhere there's a driven individual sanding and feeling the raw materials that will become the board upon which that wave is surfed. In The Art of Surfboard Shaping, Scott Anderson offers a rare glimpse into the world of board making. He's not so much secretive as he is incredibly busy making these majestic, kinetic sculptures. Starting his craft in his backyard in 1988, Anderson now operates Anderson Surfboards in Marina del Rey, and, 20,000 surfboards later, he's a master of the sorcery that goes into designing and repairing a custom board. It's tempting to just look at end result and forget the process that comes with making a surfboard for the individual. But it's true: All wipeouts are not created equal. Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood; Tues., Aug. 24, 7 p.m.; free. (310) 443-7000, hammer.ucla.edu.
Tue., Aug. 24, 7 p.m., 2010