Annie Leibovitz? Birding Festival? Pro Surfers?

     What does a noted American portrait photographer, North America’s Largest Birding Festival, and the 1st professional Surfing Competition of the Season all have in common?  They’re all taking over Florida’s Space Coast in January.

Annie Leibovitz: Women

© Annie Leibovitz
© Annie Leibovitz

Noted American portrait photographer Annie Leibovitz has captured the images of our celebrity hungry culture, but her traveling exhibit “Women” set to open at the Brevard Art Museum, January 10 and showing through March 8 is causing a stir wherever it goes. Her sensitive portrayal of everyday women reveal a close collaboration between the photographer and the subject; showing the true personalities behind the public persona. This traveling exhibition was made possible by The Women’s Museum: An Institute for the Future, Dallas, Texas.


12th Annual Space Coast Birding & Wildlife Festival 


Nikon and The Brevard Nature Alliance will once again host one of the largest and most popular birding festivals in North America from January 21-26, 2009.  As in year’s past, the Space Coast Birding & Wildlife Festival will focus on the preservation and management of animals and their habitats, as well as the cultural heritage and historical venues to be found in East Central Florida

Festival highlights will include: bird and wildlife watching opportunities, nature and technology tours, boat and kayaking trips, hayrides, seminars, workshops, daily socials, photography sessions and evening keynote presentations by novelist Jonathan Rosen, one of the leading authorities on bird identification, Christopher Wood, world-traveler Debra Shearwater, free-lance nature photographer Arthur Morris, and multi-published author Pete Dunne . Click to view the festival’s program 


O’Neill Sebastian Inlet Pro 2009  

Officially kicking off the world’s professional surfing season, the O’Neill SI Pro, will run from January 11-18, 2009 at Sebastian Inlet State Park marking the annual return of high-level professional surfing to
Florida’s Space Coast! 

Pat Gudauskas * 2008 Winner
Pat Gudauskas * 2008 Winner


Attracting the best and most talented surfers in the world, past competitors include Kelly Slater, Tom Curren, Shane Beschen, Josh Kerr, Cory Lopez, Shea Lopez, Ben Bourgeois, Timmy Curran, Nathaniel Curran, Pat Gudauskas, Ola Eleogram, Kai Barger and Clay Marzo. 

This year, event coordinator’s are expecting a field of  more than 200 surfers from more than a dozen countries, to compete for a cash purse of $85,000.00 and valuable points leading to a berth on the Association of Surfing Professionals‘ prestigious 2010 World Championship Tour.

Typical contest hours will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily and all competitions are free for the general public.  Special hotel rates for this event.

Take a peek at the entire Florida Space Coast January


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