How wave pools play into the pop culture art of Derek West

Derek West was born too early. Maybe. He grew up in a town just half an hour but decades away from Kelly’s Wave in Lemoore. Landlocked and surf-less, his Central Valley upbringing forced him to find stoke elsewhere. “We surfed in the canals around here all the time if we couldn’t get to the beach,” recalls West. “We’d pull each other up and down the irrigation canals using a ski rope tied to the roll bar on my old Ford Ranger.” Surrounded by miles and miles of agribusiness, his home of Visalia would never be confused with the condo-and-palm-tree skyline of a SoCal beach town. For Derek surf culture is as twisted and kitsch as the movies “Point Break” and “North Shore.” It’s this outsider perspective that makes West’s art so poignant. He embraces the cringe-able chunks of American culture. Everything from The Golden Girls to Magnum PI and Angela … Continue reading How wave pools play into the pop culture art of Derek West