Being from the Outer Banks, you had to know we love surfing and felt the need to highlight some of the amazing talent from around the world in surfboard artwork. Here are ten of our favorite artists with examples of their work.
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Fieldey, or as her mom calls her, Haylee Fieldes, started out on her career path studying graphic design in Sydney, Australia before spending a few years travelling and then working as a graphic artist in London.
In 2007 she moved to Perth where she picked up surfing and decided to custom-paint her own board. The rest, as they say, is history.
Her popular YouTube channel Fieldey TV, and blog tutorials have helped to make her a rising star in the surf art scene. As an addition to her great surfboard art, you can see many uniquely designed mural of hers throughout Perth. The board we are highlighting is titled “The Saucy Knave” which Fieldey says “is one of my favourite boards… it’s a delightful mixture of tropical plants, my favourite fruit, an untrustworthy cad and a galapagos land iguana.”
Check out more of Fieldey’s surfboard art at http://www.fieldey.com/surfboard-art.html and be sure to check her out on
Drew Brophy has been a professional surfboard artist for over 25 years and has always been fascinated by stories of ancient civilizations, which is what led him to paint the board we are highlighting titled “The Percession”.
He has this to say about this piece,
“The Percession painting was sparked during a trip to Mexico where I flew over the Ancient Aztec Pyramids at Teotihuacan in Mexico City. The painting depicts the center of a crumbling Mayan Calendar being overtaken by the roots of the Tree of Life as a golden snake spirals from the sky, wrapping around the surfboard.
This marks the end of days and the return of Quetzalcoatl. The pyramid on the bottom of the board represents a re-awakening of ancient knowledge. The waves on the top and bottom of the board represent stories of the great flood and Mother Nature’s ability to reclaim the planet. The balls of energy emanating from the calendar are spheres of light, essentially energy, our life force. In the final days you will either be doomed to start over, or be transformed with this awakened knowledge.
It begs for an answer to a question: How have you lived your life?”
Check out more of Drew’s surfboard art at http://drewbrophy.com/portfolio/surfboard-art/ and be sure to check him out on
Wade Koniakowsky, is one of America’s leading ocean-inspired artists.
Wade blends his passion for painting and surfing together to inspire his surfboard art that is recognized worldwide. You can see many of Wade’s signature paintings featured anywhere from movies to international surf competitions such as The North Shore Vans Triple Crown and ROXY sponsored events.
One very prominent place to currently view some of his custom surfboards is at Billabong stores nationwide.
Wade is also the owner of the Ocean Art Gallery in the Solana Beach Cedros Design District where you can see much of his work in many different mediums.
This board we are highlighting is titled “Deep Green”.
Check out more of Wade’s surfboard art at http://www.koniakowsky.com/surfboardart/and be sure to check him out on
Jay Alders was raised in Howell, New Jersey and grew up spending time on his skateboard with his friends.
His love for surfing came when he got his own wheels and would frequently sneak onto Manasquan’s Military beach after school with his friends to surf and hang out.
Jay majored in art at Montclair State University leading to a natural connection of surf and art. You may have seen Jay’s artwork on the covers of Surfer’ Path Magazine and Brazil’s Alma Surf Magazine who also named Alders, “The Best Surf Artist of the Past Decade in 2010“.
Jay is also known for his heartfelt philanthropy work and healthy vegan lifestyle. He regularly gives back to the world community whenever possible; in fact a portion of proceeds from every board he sells goes to the charity SurfAid International .
The board we are highlighting is titled “Left Behind the Wall”.
As a graduate of Laguna College of Art and Design and resident of the Southern California coast,
Heather Ritts is able to blend her lifelong passion for drawing and painting with the beauty of her natural surroundings. At a young age, Heather began painting surfboards and continues to produce “rideable” works of art for the coastal community and worldwide art collectors.
Throughout her continued success, Heather has been invited to paint live at venues from The Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel to The Montage Laguna Beach and beyond.
Heather says that her goal with each piece is to provide a timeless glimpse into paradise and reflect the designs found in nature with an added twist of imagination.
The board we are highlighting is titled “Maui Mermaid”.
Natalie Thompson is currently attending San Francisco Art Institute and when not attending school lives in San Diego where she says everything from the beaches to the endless sunshine and of course the surf inspires her.
She enjoys creating vibrant art and finds the process of creating these pieces to be a great way to escape reality while having the chance to truly express herself.
Natalie prides herself giving back to her community and is always willing to share and open her world up to those who are hoping to learn more about the beauty that art holds.
The board we are highlighting is titled “Viva la Vida”, inspired by the relationship between Natalie’s home town of San Diego and its bordering town in Mexico.
Be sure to check her out on
Joshua Ottis Potter
Joshua Ottis Potter, born and raised in San Diego, California, studied art in San Diego at Palomar College and Mira Costa College.
His passion and experience have led him to notable clientele such as Quicksilver, Spalding and T&C Surf Designs Hawaii to name just a few. Josh’s art most definitely shows his passion for surfing as well as his love of the ocean.
He enjoys working in a variety of mediums, including graphical design, pencil drawing with digital airbrush, oil painting and enjoys experimenting with non-traditional mediums as well.
Josh has spent over 15 years airbrushing his creations onto surfboards in Southern California.
The board we are highlighting is titled “Skull Filght”.
Check out more of Joshua’s surfboard art at http://www.potterart.com/#!a-r-c-h-i-v-e-1/kp1mb and be sure to check him out on
Bob Langston was born and raised in Norfolk, Virginia and has lived in Virginia Beach since 1987. Bob has been working as a professional artist since 1985 and graduated with a BFA in commercial art and design from VCU in 1986.
Bob loves bringing two of his passions together, art and surfing, when he creates custom designed surfboards.
He also enjoys working in many other mediums from film and tv to web based animation to drawing, graphic design , painting murals, drawing caricatures and more!
The board we are highlighting is titled “Psychedelic Fish of the Deep”.
Be sure to check him out on
Tonia Senoo is not only a passionate artist but also an accomplished pilot!
Tonia recently chose to leave her career as a pilot that she worked very hard to attain and has been doing since the age of 20 to follow her other two loves, her 3 children and her art.
Tonia has always enjoyed creating works of art for friends and family and has, since deciding to stay at home with her children, began to pursue a career in the field as it allows her to be a stay-at-home mom. Her love for surfing and the ocean shows through in her surfboard art as well as her canvas paintings and murals.
The board we are highlighting is titled “Fish on Fish”.
Jimmy Wags, aka James Francis Waghorn, was born in Grafton, NSW, Australia and currently lives on the coast in the village of Mullaway with his wife and “legendary kid”.
He has always had an interest in sports but none have ever topped his love for surfing and skateboarding. Jimmy has always had an interest in drawing and has often created his art inspired by his surroundings which has continued to this day.
Discovering paint pens brought a new vibrance and colour palette to Jimmy’s artwork which he continues to use and grow in. It is easy to see Jimmy’s passion for this colorful medium in his surfboard art.
Jimmy has a great respect for his surroundings whether that be his friends and family or simply the beauty of the environment he is in and looks forward to continue to grow as an artist while continuing to create “unique (and sometimes strange) artworks for all.”
Watch Jimmy create this board in this time-lapse video!