Category Archives: Surfing

Shark love ~ Hawaii pinup style

Finished commission surfboard artwork

After three weeks in the making, this beautiful custom made and painted board is ready to be shipped to Karen in Florida! Karen contacted me via my website, asking if I could hand paint a surfboard for her. Working with my pals at Oceanline Surfboards here in Western Australia, we created this 6’8″ Funboard Egg with custom deck sprays and artwork. This baby is going to be queen of the waves!

Pictures of the whole process are below, but if you’re interested in having a board painted or getting a custom Fieldey inlay for a board you are having made, please either contact me or fill in the commissions form on my website.

Sketch for the commission artwork

It all starts with a sketch – the initial concept sketch I sent to Karen.

Work in progress

The painting begins – I’m using Molotow One4All inks for this

Hawaiian pinup girl face

Detail shot

Clear coating the surfboard

Taking the board back to the shapers, we coat it in 2-pack clear coat to protect the artwork for surfing

Fieldey and the custom board

Kissing the board goodbye before I send it off

 

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Board art from around the world

I love getting feedback from my tutorials! Here’s some examples from other people who’ve followed my them and created their own board art masterpieces.

Hit me up on Facebook if you’ve followed a Fieldey Tutorial with a pic of your board and I’ll add it to this post.

 

Board by Cécile Do in the US

Board by Cécile Do in the US

Surfboard art by Chris Stores in Australia

Board by Chris Stores in Austrlia

Board by Varoon in India

Board by Varoon Nair in India https://www.facebook.com/squid9works

Surfboard art by Flavio Barral in Brazil

Board by Flavio Barral in Brazil from instgram – @flaviobarral

 

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How a Ranga from a landlocked country turned into a Gidget

The Island life - Venus goes Gidget

This Island Life – Venus Goes Gidget – Photography by Michaela Skovranova

Sometimes life takes you to unexpected places and something as simple as learning to surf can be a life-changing experience.

I know it was for me, and I’d like to share Claudia Hirschberger’s story – she went from living in a land-locked country and working in advertising, to learning to surf, moving to Bondi and starting up Venus Goes Gidget – a lifestyle blog, knowledge base and travel company for female surfers. It’s a great story, and proof that you can do what you want with your life, you’ve just gotta be brave and get out there… commit to that big scary wave and paddle like a maniac till you get where you’re going!

Aquabumps photo of Claudia surfing

Claudia frothing Gidget style at Bondi – photo by Aquabumps

I’m Austrian. I’m a woman and a Ranga. Not quite what you think of when you are describing a typical surfer.

For those who don’t know, Austria is landlocked and is pretty much one big mountain. I grew up with ski boots strapped to my legs and the cold frozen sorts of water under my feet. I was 21 the first time I saw the ocean and discovered the waves during a stint as an exchange student in Australia. And it was love at first sight. You would not get me out of the water. I was like a little kid playing with the waves. I could not get enough of it. Although the concept of riding waves on a board was still somewhat strange at that point in time.

I returned to Australia a couple of years later on a round the world trip. In Byron Bay, I had my very first surf lesson. It was just me and another dude and the instructor. That was back in the days when Byron was still a sleepy surf town. I will never forget the first words of my rather good looking surf instructor: When you slide on your board, be really careful and tender, it’s like sliding onto a guy. Wow. I’m still blushing thinking back. I think that’s when I was hooked to surfing. No, no, ok I actually I think it was when I got the rush of catching a wave and then the excitement when I first managed to stand up. Not so much when I could not feel my arms the next day. What people don’t tell you about surfing: it does not matter if you’ve snowboarded or skated before, you first gotta get that paddle thing sorted which can be pretty painful at times.

Venus goes Gidget Island life

Photography by Michaela Skovranova

Long story short, I fell in love with the waves and decided to move to Australia when I was 24 to properly learn to surf. I went surfing every single day, no matter how the conditions were…small, big, onshore, offshore, and she was determined…very determined. Fast forward, nine years later, I’m still frothing and I’ve turned my back to a career in advertising and founded my own surf business called ‘Venus Goes Gidget’.

I started Venus Goes Gidget as a blog initially and found real joy in sharing my knowledge and insights from my own surf journey. Through Venus Goes Gidget I’ve discovered my passion for teaching and mentoring people and decided to extend Venus Goes Gidget beyond a blog and developed my skills for personal surf coaching.

Every woman can have a great surf experience. If an Austrian Ranga can do it, you can do it. With ‘Venus Goes Gidget’ I hope to encourage more ladies to experience the joy of surfing and just giving it a go regardless of their age, gender or level of fitness.

Venus Goes Gidget under the waves

Photo by Seb Diaz

When I first started surfing, there were only two types of girls found in the surf…stereotype anyway…but it was either blond blue-eyed surfer babe or the butch lesbian tomboy surfer. Not growing up on the beach, I was completely oblivious to these stereotypes and just gave it a go.

Having said that, since I’ve started surfing almost 10 years ago, women’s surfing has come a long way and it’s good to see more and more women surfing. The girls on the World Tour surf absolutely amazing. I just watched the highlight video from the Fiji Pro World Tour. But not only on the Worldtour, even in my local break Bondi I can tell the difference. There were only a few of us amongst 50 guys on a typical Bondi morning, and now you find heaps more girls out there.

Surfing at Bondi

I think the challenge is not to try to surf like the boys but instead bring the feminine spirit back into the water. It’s the beauty and gracefulness of a female surfer as opposed to the strength and the power of male surfing. There is a place for both but I guess like with everything it’s about the balance and for too long the line-up has been a testosterone heaven. It does not matter if you are male or female, surfing is a way to connect to nature, the ocean and yourself in a world where many of us are disconnected from nature.

Surfing has changed my life and ultimately, I want to bring other ladies the joy I found in my passion that is surfing and hopefully inspire them along the way.

Claudia from Venus Goes Gidget

Photo by Jen Pfeifer

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New online surfboard graphics store is here!

Online surfboard graphics store

I’m very proud to announce the birth of my very first online store – Fieldey’s Kustom Board Graphics!

Whether you’re getting a surfboard made and want to order an inlay to protect and strengthen your board, or you want to give an old board a new lease on life with a full board vinyl decal, you’ll find something rad here! All the artworks have been hand painted by yours truly, and are available to purchase in a variety of sizes to suit your stick.

Mike ordered the Hula Bula Hellcat inlay for his 9’1 McTavish custom mal, it was printed on a silk polymer mesh inlay and then glassed into the bottom of the board by McTavish’s talented team of shapers. I think it looks awesome, and he’s stoked with it as well! The artwork is 100% permanent, UV resistant and it also doubles the strength of the fibreglass.

McTavish 9'1 mal surfboard with custom Fieldey inlay

Check out the full range of Fieldey designs available as either inlays or full board vinyl decals – which one is your favourite?

Kustom surfboard graphics

 

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Tutorial – How to paint a surfboard with spraypaint

BEHOLD! The newest edition to Fieldey TV – the catchily titled “How to paint a surfboard with spraypaint.” In two molten-hot days in the middle of summer (38ºC anyone?) Dan Duggan, Matt Fieldes and I, bravely filmed this tutorial, which turned out to be a cracker! It’s sponsored by Molotow Paint Australia, The Butcher Shop and Star Surf and Skate. Massive thanks for Matt Fieldes Photography for the quality filming.

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Live Painting at the Margaret River Pro

Fieldey painting at the Margaret River Pro

Holy dooley! I have just come back from the most intense coupla weeks!

I was lucky enough to be invited beautiful Margaret River to live paint during the Margaret River Pro ASP surfing event, which was such a buzz – famous surfers, famous waves and thousands of people! It was my first time live painting and after a few nerves I got into it and finished a board in little over two days.

Big crowds and pumping waves — at Surfers Point, Margaret River.

Big crowds and pumping waves — at Surfers Point, Margaret River.

The surfing was top class, and in a shock twist, Tahitian surfer Michel Bourez went on to beat both Kelly Slater and Josh Kerr to win the event. It was some quality surfing by Bourez, which you can check out in the clip below, and boy… I could watch that that guy bottom turn in his green wetty all day 😉

Michel Bourez winner of the 2014 Margaret River Pro

Michel Bourez winner of the 2014 Margaret River Pro

I had some intense moments of stoke after meeting Tom Carroll who popped in to have a chat and admire my boards, and also to have a board signed by Kelly Slater.

Skull Painting at the Margaret River Pro

Tom Carroll with a Fieldey Surfboard at the Margaret River Pro

Tom Carroll frothing over my half finished board

Kelly Slater signs Fieldey's surfboard

Kelly Slater signing one of my artworks – Mad Dog

Kelly Slater signed this surfboard

Kelly Slater after his loss to Michel Bourez in the semifinals — at Surfers Point, Margaret River.

Kelly Slater after his loss to Michel Bourez in the semifinals.

Josh Kerr pumped for the finals

Josh Kerr pumped for the finals

Every grom in a 5-mile radius lining up to get a signature from Kelly Slater

Every grom in a 5-mile radius lining up to get a signature from Kelly

Big thanks to Matt Fieldes Photography for the quality photos of the event.

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Feeling the S.T.O.K.E!

White Horses Surf Magazine Interview with Fieldey

Who would’ve thought the dorkiest kid at school would end up featured in a surf magazine? Not me – that’s for sure, but here I am and I couldn’t be more stoked!

I did the interview with White Horses Magazine, Australia’s most epically beautiful and classy surf mag, late last year. I rabbit on about many things, in particular how I got good at drawing horses and how I went on to becoming a surfboard artist… which was an unexpected and awesome twist in my career aspirations, since being scared off becoming an artist by a well meaning Year 10 careers advisor.

Take a gander and have a read, and if you’re into surfing you should subscribe to this mag, it really is a spectacular piece of work, the photographers who are featured are amazing and the stories are beautifully written and engaging.

White Horses Surf Magazine Interview with Fieldey

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