Category Archives: Movie

Tutorial: How to prepare a surfboard for painting

If you’ve ever wanted to give an old surfboard a new lease on life and a lick o’ paint, then you’ll be wanting to carefully prepare it for painting. Here’s a new tutorial from my Fieldey TV YouTube channel that will show you how to do just that!

If you want more information on painting your surfboard visit my handy blog post here: How to paint a surfboard ~ Fieldey style or ask a question in the comments below.

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The most sublime wipe-outs. Ever.

Pretty much everything shot in slow motion gains a kind of ponderous majesty, and these shots of the biggest Teahupoo ever ridden on Aug 27th 2011 are awe inspiring! I also love how graceful the wipeouts are in this, they kind of look like they’re floating on clouds whereas in reality they’re getting taken to the cleaners…


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Top 5 surfboard painting videos

Who doesn’t like watching people create art? It’s amazing to watch it slowly emerge from the nothing – like a magic trick. Add to that the challenge of painting on a surfboard and you have some really awesome viewing. Check out the very different ways these artists use surfboards as their canvas in my top 5 list:

Number 1
The top spot has to be reserved for Drew Brophey – he’s the King of Custom Art! Like many people starting out with board painting, he was my go-to man for entertaining and hugely informative tutorials. This one in particular is an episode from his TV show The Paint Shop, so it’s quite long, but if you’re an aspiring artist it’ll give you an indication of how much hard work and long hours it takes to be successful.

Number 2
I really dig Diggy Smerdon’s unusual style, and this is one of my favourite clips because it combines great art with great production values.

Number 3
Zamuro Art definitely has the coolest and most fun movie – I love the editing for this and it shows off the art really well.

Number 4
Amanda Peck Phelps is a lady with a mission: to help build fresh water wells in Africa. 20% of the sales from her Project Resurface boards are donated to World Vision. I particularly love this board she’s painting in this clip, the collage style is unusual and very cool.

Number 5
I stumbled onto Bruno Alvares‘ work while I was researching this post, and though the movie doesn’t show so much actual painting, it’s artistic and captures the ethos of surfing and surf art and is really enjoyable to watch.

If you think I’ve missed anyone or know any cool surfboard painting clips, please let me know in the comments below. You can check out my surfboard painting tutorials on my Fieldey Art channel here.


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Mutant waves at Ship Stern Bluff, Tasmania

“Raw Antarctic swells come out of deep ocean and jack up into a roaring righthander in front of the cliff which gives the spot its name. The uneven reef causes weird steps and bubbles in the wave, which are always an unpleasant surprise when you’re still trying to navigate the drop down the face.”

Ahh Shipsterns… the most mutant wave in all of Australia.

I do love to peruse videos of surfers trying to navigate this monstrous wave, and this is one seriously awesome flick! Also, it has a soundtrack by Nine Inch Nails which I still retain a post-teenage fondness for.

BTW: The real action doesn’t start until around 00.38… lest you think I was fibbing about the awesomeness of this!

South from Dave otto on Vimeo.

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Most excellent surf art

Last year after I decided to paint my first surfboard, I did a whole bunch of research online to figure out how it was done and what you need to do to prep the boards and other important things like that.

In my ravenous YouTube watching I found this nice little movie and it’s still one of my favourites. It shows Diggy Smerdon custom painting a surfboard shaped by Luke Young. I really like Diggy’s style and it’s unusual to see loose multi media art like this on a surfboard – it’s well worth checking out!

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Galapagos regrets

In 2009 I volunteered on San Cristóbal Island in the Galapagos for two months. It was simultaneously the most magical and expensive time of my life. Since finding this movie on Youtube I have one small regret ~ WHY DIDN’T I TAKE A BLOODY SURFBOARD?

In all seriousness though, a lot of ink has been spilt about the islands and there’s a lot of hype surrounding them… all I can say is: IT’S ALL TRUE! Pack your bags, grab your surfboard and platinum credit card and head to where you’d rather be:

Gorgeous isn’t it? I learned to scuba dive there, so the wonders of one of the World’s greatest marine environments weren’t completely wasted on me…


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Skateboard painting tutorial

There’s a new (YouTube) movie in town and it goes by the thrilling title: ‪How to do an easy retro-style stencil for your skateboard‬.

It stars yours truly in my first starring and talking roll. It was a pretty scary thing to actually have my face and even worse, voice on show… I’d been purposely keeping it low key and keeping my secret identity hidden behind the name “Fieldey” which must have been pretty secret since some people assumed that I was a guy. So now the cat’s outta the bag and I’m now part of the internets.

I’m planning on doing a range of quick “How to” type movies on YouTube that will cover topics like how to prepare a surfboard to paint and how to do a cool stencil on your board. If you have any ideas or things you want to see covered by me in a slightly awkward manner please leave a comment below.

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