2012 Billabong Pipemasters Trophy Board

2012 Billabong Pipe Masters Trophy Board by Phil RobertsThe Pipe Masters Collection : I created the concept for the perpetual bronze trophy based off of the Pipe Masters event poster I painted back in 1996 for Randy Rarrick. Sculpted in clay by hand I personally managed all the stages of the bronze castings given out to the winners. For the 20th anniversary of Pipe each of the past winners prior to 1996 had received their own edition of the bronze portrait of Gerry Lopez at Pipe. It’s been handed out to each champion ever since.
The trophy surfboard was conceived at Billabong with Event Director Graham Stapleberg after I had painted the 2007 / 2008 contest poster series. It was designed to be an added bonus to the winner of the Pipe. The first board was the black one with the Gold leaf bolt and hand drawn charcoal portrait of Gerry Lopez on the deck. Kelly Slater won that first board and has graciously claimed it as THE trophy to have. For the last two years I’ve had the honor to portray Andy Irons on the board with the help of Brian Beilmans photography. These boards are emotional pieces of art to do and I’m proud of how they came out.
It’s been an honor to have been the artist supplying the trophies for the most prestigious surfing event in the world. From my simple beginnings of airbrushing surfboards in Florida as a teenager never in my wildest dreams did I imagine I would be making boards with the Legendary Gerry Lopez and creating the most coveted and valuable surfboard in the world. Stoked to be a part of surfing history.

The Making of the 2012 Billabong Pipe Masters Trophy from Graham Wade on Vimeo.



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