The Trophy Collection of The Pipe Masters:
For the first main trophy, the perpetual bronze, I created the concept 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 until they were given out to the winners. For the 20th anniversary of Pipe each of the past winners prior to 1996 received their own edition of the bronze portrait of Gerry Lopez at Pipe, so every past Pipe Masters Champion to date has one. The trophies have continued to be give to each champion ever since.
2015 Pipe Masters Surfboard Trophy Read More>>
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 trophy surfboard and has graciously claimed it as THE trophy to have.
One can only begin to fathom what a one of a kind Pipeline Masters trophy surfboard is valued at. To take one home, you’d need to enter the prestigious North Shore surfing event as a wild card (if you are not a seated pro) surf 12-20ft pipeline and beat the likes of Kelly Slater and John John Florence to name a few.
The board is simply priceless and may likely be the most valuable surfboard in modern times. It takes a legend to win a legend.
2014 Pipe Masters Trophy Board .. Read More>>
2013 Trophy Board – Painting of Andy Irons- Read more here>>
2012 Pipe Masters Board – painting of Andy Irons
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.
2011 Pipe Board
2010 Pipe Masters Trophy Surfboard
2009 Pipe Masters Trophy Board
2008 Pipe Masters Trophy Surfboard – Gerry Lopez shaped Pipeliner Gun
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