Join us for a Live Surfboard painting and book signing with Drew Brophy on Saturday, December 15th 1-4 p.m. at Hobie Laguna Beach.
Drew will be painting a surfboard as he shares stories out of his book on painting surfboards, chasing waves and being a surf artist. This event is great for any artist or a fan of surfing history.
Drew’s new book, PAINTING SURFBOARDS AND CHASING WAVES, will be available. The book is 128 pages full of colorful art and story that captures Drew’s thirty years as a surf artist. Included are surfboard paintings, sketches and paintings created for bands, collectors and action sports products such as wakeboards, skateboards and bodyboards.
A Little From Drew ::
In 1996 I was enjoying my third year living and painting surfboards on the North Shore in Hawaii, until one day when I had a surfing accident at Pipeline. Several injuries and a cracked eye socket kept me from working for awhile so I lost my job. That summer, I got an opportunity to go to California and work painting surfboards at SurfGlas in San Juan Capistrano. I was really excited because at the time it was probably the busiest surfboard factory in the world.
The factory made Hobie, Stewart and Harbour surfboards. I was stoked to be surrounded by expert craftsman that worked there, shapers like Phil Edwards, Terry Martin, Bill Stewart, Rich Harbour, and Ron House. There were also some of the best laminators and painters there, guys like Mike Muir and Tom Sutherland and many others. I was taking over the job of surfboard painter Mark Johnson, who was moving on to be a shaper. I had the honor of learning from all these great craftsmen. I painted signature boards by Micky Munoz and custom boards for longboard world champ Colin McPhillips.
So many great memories were made from this time period in my career. One of the best was having Phil’s shaping bay next to my paint stall. Phil and Terry Martin liked to come in early when it was quiet. Phil would spend hours fine tuning beautiful custom longboards with fancy wood nose and tail blocks. He would listen to soft music as he putted around the blank. Then I would come in and start blasting speed metal to get my mojo running. It drove Phil crazy, he would come around the corner looking at me like I was nuts, motioning me to turn down the volume. It was like two polar opposites colliding, the old school and new school of surfing. I would be in my paint stall spraying flames and making a giant mess.
Eventually I moved on from painting surfboards full time to creating art for other things. I feel fortunate to have had these experiences with some of the greatest craftsmen in surf.
Now, all these years later, I’ve written a book about my thirty year path as a surf artist. I’m stoked to say that Hobie played a part in my story.
On December 15th, I’ll be celebrating some of these memories by doing a live surfboard painting and book signing at Hobie Surf Shop from 1-4 in Laguna Beach, CA. My book, PAINTING SURFBOARDS AND CHASING WAVES, will available and I’ll be there, painting a surfboard and telling some of these stories. I hope you’ll join me.
Life is good, Drew
All ages welcome, Open to the public, drinks & treats, Drew will be signing copies of his book and doing a Q&A! Don’t miss out!! See you here!!