New York-based, British photographer Nick Waplington went to Huntington Beach the last day of August in 1986, to cover the Surf Pro Championships. But a riot broke out. That became his subject instead. A bright orange burning car keeps showing up in his images, against sand and palm trees. It’s confusing to look at, hard to figure out what’s happening (back then, the Los Angeles Times reported the riot had nothing to do with the championship, but was set off by aggressive police reaction to two men trying to take off the swimsuits of two women beneath some bleachers). At Little Big Man Gallery, Waplington’s photos of the riot hang like posters among his other street photos and images of British punk scenes.
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