Surfpaints Interview Series
We hand-select individuals from our community to hear the stories behind their designs.
Hi Ned, Welcome to the Surfpaints Interview Series!
1. Can you introduce yourself? Age, location, occupation, surfing experience?
My name is Ned Hart, and I am 16, from Western Australia. I’m a professional surfer, particularly chasing swells and slabs!
2. What made you want to paint your surfboard?
I have always wanted to paint my board for a bit of fun. It started in Hawaii with one of my pipe boards, and it has now become a bit of a thing to paint all my new boards.
3. What Surfboard did you paint, and why that one?
The board I painted was a Pyzel Next Step.
4. Where do you get your inspiration from?
Dad and I were watching a show called Rick and Morty. There is an episode where Rick transforms himself into a pickle, and I thought that it would be cool/funny to draw him onto my surfboard.
5. How do you rate your artistic skills?
I wouldn’t say I’m much of an artist. I do draw a lot for fun, though.
6. Roughly how long did it take to complete?
Overall not too long. I started with a pencil to get the design I wanted, then coloured it in. After, I used black for the outline, as this helps the design stand out. I finished it off with clear lacquer so the design stays on.
7. Any tips for preparing the surfboard before painting it?
Make sure the board is clean. This will make a huge difference.
8. What was one tool that helped you achieve this amazing design?
The one tool that helped me the most was probably using the pencil first. This ensured there were few mistakes.
I have also used a Surfpaints Skull stencil on another board which was epic. Doing this ensured the perfect design.
9. What is your favourite thing about using SurfPaint?
They are easy to use and have an awesome colour range.
10. One piece of advice you would like to give others about painting a surfboard for their first time?
Take your time, and don’t be annoyed if you make a mistake. Whatever it turns out like it’s your work