1. Can you introduce yourself? Age, location, occupation, surfing experience?
G’day! My names Ben. I'm 34 and live at Falls Creek. Boilermaker/Snowmaking Supervisor/Groomer.
I surf mountains into my 7th season.
2. What made you want to paint your Snowboard?
During my spare moments, I spend them creating. There is such an amazing scene with snowboard graphics, thought it was time to enter this sphere on my own.
3. What Snowboard did you paint, and why that one?
Found an old Burton LTR (learn to ride) in the workshop, it was in dire need of a restoration.
4. Where do you get your inspiration from?
From where I live and play! Gaia is Spaceship Earth’s greatest artist. So I use her as my primary source of inspo. You can witness the same scene over the course of a day, add a sprinkle of weather in the mix and have an endless colour palette in your face. My eyeballs are always stoked on it.
5. How do you rate your artistic skills?
Haven’t had anyone tell me what I have created is shit yet, so I think I do alright
6. Roughly how long did it take to complete?
Solid day and a bit
7. Any tips for preparing the surfboard before painting it?
When painting anything, the surface MUST be clean and sand it, giving the paint something to grab onto.
8. What was one tool that helped you achieve this amazing design?
9. What is your favourite thing about using Surfpaints?
I love illustrating, and predominantly use an array of scribing devices, so the ease of laying down paint with a pen to get a consistent line is appealing.
10. One piece of advice you would like to give others about painting a surfboard for their first time?
Defeat the Dragon of Procrastination and just start it, get yourself deep in that creative zone and see where it takes you.