A surfboard will perform the same regardless of its paint job. But when your board looks sweet, you probably ride a bit better just because of the confidence boost.
There is no doubt about it, surfers love how their boards look. Many surfboards sell because of sweet artwork. Look at …Lost Surfboards. Sure the boards are great, but would they be nearly as popular if it weren’t for the cool art on every board?
Even pop-out manufacturers are putting cool designs on their boards.
I took a look at the surfboards that are most viewed in the SurfScience.com Board Rack and just like you might have guessed, the boards that look the coolest get the most clicks. No one wants a plain white board.
So lets say you want a custom painted surfboard, how do you go about getting one?
Its is actually pretty easy. I was recently at Stewart Surfboards talking with Bill about his new surfboard model, the Fartknocker. It is a small wave board designed to get speed even when the waves aren’t great.
I decided on the board size I wanted, and had a cool idea for the art I wanted. The Polish Eagle! (I am Polish, which might have had something to do with this April Fools Joke)
The graphics guy at Stewart let me know that if I could find a high quality vector image, it would make the art that much better. This was made possible by wikipedia. Right on the article about the Polish Eagle there was a huge image.
Here is a close up of the eagle. You can see it is pretty freaking detailed. Both the front and back of the surfboard have a fade from red to white. The Polish flag is red & white and the fade was a nice touch.