surfboards on paradeSurfboards on Parade

The Surfboards on Parade Event Started in mid January with the unveiling of a surfboard shaped by Tim Stamps and painted by famous marine artist, Wyland.  My friends over at Main & PCH covered the unveiling and told me that they were still in the process of selecting other artists to create to paint a total of 25 surfboards. The event was created by HB Rotary Club and is a fundraiser benefiting Hoag Hospital and their skin cancer research.  The HB Art Center, HB Rotary and the International Surfing Museum are also beneficiaries of the event.

The next day I contacted the organizers to see how I could submit a design.  I spoke with Kate Hoffman, Director of the Huntington Beach Art Center, who gave me some tips on what type of design would have the best chance of being accepted.  She told me to make something 3d and that had the ‘WOW’ factor.

The WOW Factor

I mulled it over for a few days and eventually decided that I wanted to make a Bubble Board; incorporating a bubbling water tank into a surfboard.  Surfing is an amazing sport with many facets.  From heart-pounding barrels to the calmed nerves made by a rhythmic ocean, surfing has the ability to bring joy, excitement, peace and exhilaration.  By bringing together water, air, bubbles, color and the surfboard shape from Chuck Dent Surfboards my goal was to create a visual rush that could simultaneously instill peace and calm into the viewer.

“My goal was to create a visual rush that could simultaneously instill peace and calm into the viewer.”

Once the design was accepted I had to figure out exactly how to make the darn thing. My original plan didn’t turn out to be very feasible so I had to hit the drawing board.  I told my friends and family about my concept and got asked frequently “do you know how to build one of those?” I wasn’t sure exactly but how hard could it be?  Just in case creating a Bubble Board from scratch wasn’t enough pressure there were some delays getting my surfboard so I didn’t even get to start building the project until April 1st. Exactly one month before the grand unveiling of the remaining 20 surfboards.

With just over 3 weeks to complete this project I had to kick it into high gear.  I worked 12-14 hour days 4 days a week and 6-7 hours on the days I did my engineering consulting. After all was said and done I spent around 200 hours in 3 weeks to create the bubble board.

“After all was said and done I spent around 200 hours in 3 weeks to create the bubble board.”

There were many challenges I faced during the making of this project: creating the plastic wave form, a leaking tank, a short timeline  among others. Despite all this I had a great time creating the bubble board all the while learning new things.  The great thing about making something completely new is it can be a catalyst for new ideas. even though this was the first Bubble Board ever created it definitely won’t be my last!

Let me know if you have any questions in the comments.  I’d be happy to answer them.

Check out the great making of video by Matt Liffreing.