Category Archives: Art

According to an interview he had with UK Metro Newspaper in September 2006, “A design starts with an inspiration of some sort- an off-hand doodle, an image from my many books on cultural design, or perhaps something I came across that day of which I took a picture. About 95% of the work is done beforehand on my computer, creating as many versions as I can of a design and choosing the one that speaks to me. Then I reverse-engineer the step-by-step process I would need to replicate the design on the beach. Next I choose an appropriate day for a design, which is contingent on the tides and available daylight. The final step is to trust the guide I made and start raking. Actually the truly final step is the photography, which is a whole other challenge, as I race up the hill to the overlook above (I choose my site locations strategically) to take photos before I either run out of light or the waves start eating my design. The window of opportunity is very narrow.”

The designs are pretty impressive. Check out more of his work and if interested, you can buy prints that range from $3.95 to $49.95 at

San Francisco based artist Andres Amador creates complex massive pieces of art in the sand in San Francisco, literally taking “drawing a name in the sand” to the next level. He’s designed geometric shapes, flowers, random shapes and lines, to designs for marriage proposals.

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Also, check out this video filmed by Canadian Discovery Channel in September 2011 showcasing the entire process: Andres Amador Discovery Channel Continue reading

The second annual Steep and Deep Pipeline Photo Challenge, which is being held in memory of Sion Milosky, a big-wave surfer who drowned at surf spot Mavericks in 2011, began last week on November 10.

The contest returns after a successful inaugural event, with Billy Kemper and photographer Zak Noyle getting the top prize for their dreamy, backlit Pipe bomb. This year there is even more prize money at stake.

According to Surfing Magazine which is sponsoring the contest, “Sion was an extraordinarily talented and humble family man. His unparalleled bravery in big waves and his first passion, charging Pipeline, made a lasting impact on the greater surf world. Steep and Deep celebrates the commitment that Sion embodied by rewarding the surfer and photographer who link up for the best water photograph of the winter from Pipeline or Backdoor.”

Photographers and surfers have from Nov. 10 until Feb. 10 to shoot the two Hawaiian waves, rewarding the surfer and photographer who link up for the best water photograph of the winter. All surfers and photographers, regardless of magazine or brand affiliation, are eligible to enter. The winners will receive $2,500 each and Vans will match the winnings by donating $5,000 to the Sion Milosky Memorial Fund, which was set up to help Milosky’s wife and two young children.

All entries must occur during free surf sessions — no waves ridden during a heat will be considered. Images will be judged by a panel of Sion’s peers, Pipeline specialists and photography experts.

Surfers and photographers can register in person at Sunset Beach Elementary on November 12, 6 to 9pm, or via email at The last day to register is November 30. A donation of $20.00 to the Sion Milosky Memorial Fund is suggested upon registration. All who participate will receive a T-Shirt and Live Like Sion stickers.

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SURFING Magazine’s Baby Cobras Contest is coming to a close. Baby Cobras, a competition for aspiring creative surfers, began this past August and has now narrowed it down to 6 finalists for each of its 3 categories – writers, photographers, and film-makers.

The contest was created for creative surfers who could work at a magazine, make a movie, or get those shots — maybe even better than the actual SURFING Magazine staff.

Participants (between the ages of 18 and 27, live in the USA and not work for any other surf media) were asked to tell a story about their home break in their medium of choice – through words, photos or video.

  • Video: Upload video that’s under 3 minutes
  • Photos: Create a photo series of between 5 and 10 photos
  • Writing: Upload a piece that’s between 100 and 1,000 words

All entries were then uploaded to the SURFING Magazine Facebook page, and submissions were voted by the public, who selected five winners from the all of the entries in each category. SURFING Magazine also selected one wildcard from each category. Six hopefuls per category are now headed to the final round. They will be given the chance to edit their work and resubmit for final judging by the SURFING staff. The overall three winners (one from each category) will be announced November 1st.

SURFING Magazine will send each of the three winners to Hawaii to document a week on the North Shore season, which will be published online and in the magazine.

There’s a taste of some of the photography finalists’ submissions. Check out for more of their awesome creativity. Continue reading

As part of Raptober (the month long challenge to rise above plastics), the Surfrider Foundation is proud to present the 2nd Annual ONE FOOT AT A TIME plastic clean-up event. The goal again this year is to remove one thousand square feet of plastic from communities.

This fun and exciting event will bring together volunteers from across the country to raise awareness of the dangers of plastic pollution by removing pieces of plastic trash from our environment one square foot at a time. The collected material will be used to create unique mosaic sculptures. Last year over 300 awesome submissions were received for the Surfrider Foundation’s 1st Annual One Foot at a Time event.

Surfrider Foundation will be awarding their favorite submissions with a host of prizes.

Here’s how to participate:

  • Step One: CLICK HERE to download one or all of the One Foot at a Time templates.
  • Step Two: Print out the template and tape the pieces together
  • Step Three: Go outside and collect as many pieces of plastic as you can from your local beach, park, playground, neighborhood, etc.
  • Step Four: Arrange the pieces of plastic that you’ve collected on your One Foot at a Time template. Make sure and cover the entire gridded area. Be creative – try and utilize the various shapes and colors of the plastic pieces you’ve collected to make your mosaic unique.
  • Step Five: Take a photo of your mosaic sculpture and send it to Make sure to include your full name and location where you collected the trash to make your sculpture.
  • Step Six: Dispose of your One Foot at a Time sculpture in an appropriate waste container designated for recycling

Submitted pictures will be shared on Check out the site to see last year’s winners.

The best mosaics will be awarded prizes, including:

  • Most Creative: OFAAT submission that shows the most creativity in terms of design. We will be rewarding one winner for each of the five templates.
  • Best Use of Materials: OFFAAT submission that makes the best use of collected materials (e.g. all bottle caps, all same color pieces of plastic, etc.)
  • Most Trash Collected: The person who makes the most OFAAT submissions (note – they’ll be comparing your pictures to make sure you’re not simply using the same pieces of trash over and over)
  • Best Photo: OFAAT submission with the best, most artistic photo
  • “The Wheel” – The person who submits the best overall OFAAT submission for ALL FIVE templates (must utilize unique pieces of trash for all submissions).

So… get your creative juices out there, while ridding the world of extraneous plastic and trash.

All photos must be submitted by next Wednesday, October 31, 2012. Winners will be notified and announced the first week of November.

Good luck to all participants! Continue reading

The Board Art Benefit is holding a live auction event at The Boardroom in Del Mar, and boards are now available for pre-bidding. The Board Art Benefit, a project that began earlier this year, was designed to bring leading artists and shapers together to create original works of art utilizing surfboards for the purpose of raising support for SurfAid International, a non-profit humanitarian organization whose aim is to improve the health, wellbeing and self-reliance of people living in isolated regions and connected through surfing.

There will be several new boards unveiled just for this auction event, and are now available for pre-bidding. The prices listed on the site are the “Buy-Now Pre-Auction” prices and are based on the values of the boards given by the artists, and are just for reference.

The boards include a limited line of surfboards featuring Andy Warhol’s original artwork. Tim Bessell from Bessell Surfboards secured the exclusive international rights to produce the line. They will only be producing 50 boards in the series; 5 different models each with its own unique Warhol graphics – 10 pieces per model. Each board in the series will be hand shaped, signed and numbered by Tim Bessell and include an imbedded identification chip for verifying authenticity.

All bids will be confidential, and the pre-bidding is a great opportunity for those who might not be able to make it to the Live Auction in person, but would like to place a bid in hopes of taking home one of these incredible boards. Any bid amount is acceptable, and if the live auction doesn’t fetch a higher bid for the board(s) you are interested in, you win!

Each artist has agreed to donate, (ranging from 50-100%), proceeds from the auction. The funds raised through these sales will directly support SurfAid’s humanitarian efforts on the Mentawai and Nias islands in Indonesia. All sales will be processed directly through SurfAid International.

Event details:
Place: The Boardroom Surf Expo at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in Del Mar, CA
Date: Saturday, October 6, 2012
Time: Auction will be from 3-5pm

Note that the exhibit will be open all day although the auction begins at: 3:00pm.

For more questions about an individual board, or to begin the purchase process, please visit: Continue reading