Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Growing up in Ventura, the beach and surfing were pretty important parts of my life. I continued my surfing adventures when in the Air Force stationed in Goldsboro NC. Only about an hour from the beach and having every other day off, my friend Ray and myself spent a very large portion of our time surfing the different beaches along the North Carolina coast. Cape Hatteras was one of the most incredible beaches and swells I have had the joy of surfing. Paddling out the day before the eye of Hurricane Hugo hit was probably one of the craziest things I have done. Category 4 hurricane by the time it hit, category 5 before land fall, there was not a lot to surf being about 4 to 5 foot chop with insane winds. I had to drag my 9' Dewey Weber down the beach as it was impossible to carry. It spun like a propeller behind me. How the boards stayed on top of the car the ride back is beyond me. How I dodged the car that lost control in front of me and started cranking out 360's at 75 mph in blinding rain is a miracle.
As my art career needed time to perfect my skills I had to spend less time in the water. Now living in the pacific northwest in the Puget Sound there is not much surfing to do. I am in the slow process of starting a small side business with my artwork. A lot of the designs revolve around surfing, skating and graffiti. This illustration is one of the t-shirt designs I have completed.