Old Boards Recycled Into Show Pieces!
Surfboard art. The term likely conjures images of slick colorful graphics reflecting a favorite theme of the owner or the designers. But for Hawaii resident and founder of the Tsunami Surf Simulator, Paul Goo, the name takes on an entirely different meaning. It's an opportunity to take old surfboards few would even want for free, and transform them into pieces of decorative art.
The Hawaii entrepreneur's "canvas" is the endless supply of throwaway surfboards - the waterlogged, de-laminated, and deteriorating foam rendering them unsightly and sluggish for the surfers that have literally shredded the life out of them by subjection to sun, crashing waves, coral reefs, and collisions while competing for waves.
What started as an experiment to simply recycle a couple of "oldies" someone had discarded, Goo thought of a ways to re-surface the boards which had lost both their translucence and water-tightness.
During a walk near his home, he noticed the bark that had been shed by trees in the area and reflected on the striking wood=laminate boards that had caught his attention in a couple of surf shops.
The idea of of using the fallen tree bark to resurface the board seem to couple his desire to produce not only a recycled surfboard but also one that was eco-friendly.
As Goo toyed with the eco-friendly aspect of his newly forming idea the thought to use shellac, that varnish-like resin derived from residue secreted by female lac bugs in Thailand and India, instead of the polyester resin he had grown to hate from prior surfboard-making and repair projects.
Applying both his innate graphic skills and interest in eco-awareness, the unconventional artist who had previously displayed at two local galleries Hawaiian-themed artwork on sheets of roofing felt, Goo went about producing similar designs on his recycled surfboards.
There was some skepticism on the the viability of his surfboard refurbishing process with respect to the usability of the recycled boards. However Goo found that comments on his surfboards quickly turned to the uniqueness of the graphics designs and, equally, to the motif - a truly, transformed surfboard.
Void of all of their former identification, each of Goo's surfboard art pieces is unique with its own artwork and, of course, the structural design with which it came into being by its shaper. The unique pieces began to catch the attention of both surfers and art lovers alike resulting in his surfboard art pieces being displayed in homes and at least one art gallery to date.
Surfboard art, in the style of Paul Goo, is much more than art on a surfboard. Rather it's a piece of art borne out of function and worn by a life of service in the ocean and, finally, offered a new life as an object for viewing pleasure! Truly, a work of art.