Just like any other form of art, surfing is a vehicle for expression. Now, before you roll your eyes and assume my rant will spiral into an ode to individualism, bear with me. There are millions of surfers across the world, and a lot of them are out there to make a statement — whether it’s buying that wetsuit with a hit of green on the sleeve or keeping your jacket slightly unzipped in the front so it flaps in the wind or hopefully not using orange wax. But the most classic of these forms of expression? Board art, of course. You’d be lying if you said you haven’t grabbed a few cans of spray paint, some painter’s tape, and a half-gallon of dish soap in a bleak attempt at mimicking (insert favorite surfer here)’s board from Lowers that one year. As of late, the board art game has been on the rise – and after Filipe Toledo’s US Open sled caused a polarizing stir, we figured we’d provide you with a few more fiberglass masterpieces that we’ve come to love. From photo prints to philanthropists, simplicity to outright demonic, here are ten paint jobs we adore. —Dayton Silva
All photos pulled from Instagarm.
See those eyes? They say, “Hi, I’m Mitch Coleborn, and I’m doing a frontside air in your face.” Art by Evan Rossell.
That’s Creed McTaggart’s brother on the left. That’s also Creed McTaggart’s brother on the botton of Creed’s board. See the resemblance?
Flames will always make you go faster, it’s science. Just ask Jack Freestone.
It’s rumored that if you get a running start, you can dive into the center of Dave Rasta’s board and straight into another dimension.
Nat Young’s mom, Rosie, knows just the medicine for some lacking undercarriage.
Dane Reynolds, simply different.
Filipe Toledo and the bottom of his US Open board – which you saw on just about every wave.
Ozzy Wright is a professional slogan writer in his spare time.
Dion Agius likes ’em unique, with undertones of black, and overtones of melted wax?
Kelly Slater had RVCA artist Ken Ancell paint his quiver to look like Orca whales in hopes to raise awareness about their mistreatment. That’s one way to do it, right?