Camarillo, CA — March 5, 2012 — On Saturday, I had the pleasure of delivering one of my surfboard skins to Matt Sparks, owner and chief shaper for M.d.s. Surfboards of Newbury Park, CA. While Matt was on a break from watching one of his team riders compete at the Ventura Fairgrounds, he got his first look at "Beach Breakers" which I applied to one of his original board shapes known as 'The Funky.'
Since a lot of my art work is based on the surf culture here in Southern California, it was only a matter of time before I started putting my iconic, colorful pop images on actual surfboards. The idea came to me while biking around Ventura last year. Yes, I saw loads of surfers lining up for the morning sets but it was all the old, used surfboards I saw wasting away in garages, leaning up behind sheds or pulling signage duty for antique stores that made me think, “there had to be a better way – a more honorable way for these boards to find a new purpose.”
“Beach Breakers” is my latest surfboard skin and was inspired by the generosity of Matt Sparks. Local surf shop owners, like Matt, have helped move my brand of art into the very ocean that motivates my work. And after more than a year of making surfboard art, I now create custom works for both new and used surfboards as well as for boards that are happy to brighten up the walls of homes, offices and businesses.
*Sales of all boards are shared with the Surfrider Foundation of Ventura County. All photos courtesy of Claudia Pardo.
To see more of my work, please visit my website at www.chucktrunks.com.