Growing up, whenever I saw old photos of boards ridden by guys like David Nuuhiwa and Terry Fitzgerald, I was completely amazed by the artwork. You don't see that style of art on surfboards very often anymore, but when you do, you instantly feel something. A little over a year ago I decided that I wanted to put together a quiver of boards that captured that energy and made me stoked to surf just by looking at them.

I asked around and got put in touch with John Frazier from Rainbow Surfboards, who connected me with two artists that he works with: Elizabeth Zaikowski and John Moseley. It was funny, because when I first talked to the artists they asked what the boards would be used for—basically whether I planned on riding them or hanging them on my wall. I thought it was because they didn't want me to fuck up their art, which would be understandable because it takes so much time and energy to do, but it was actually the opposite. John Moseley said, "Just promise me you'll get a sick barrel on it." That was really cool to hear, because they wanted to see these boards put to use even if it meant potentially breaking them in the process.

With that in mind, I wanted to use the kind of boards I actually ride every day. Sure, people think of this style of artwork as being really retro, but when guys like Terry Fitzgerald were getting sprays like this, they were getting it on the most cutting-edge boards of the time. I think these boards are really representative of what I surf on a daily basis, and that's more interesting to me than getting a cool spray on a single-fin for nostalgia's sake. But it's funny to think about how these boards will look to people in 15 or 20 years. Maybe they'll look as dated then as a '70s single-fin looks to us now. —Dane Gudauskas

THE SURFBOARDS [Above, From Left to Right]
MG 7’0″ — 18 …” — 2 ½”
Artwork by Elizabeth Zaikowski
I had this board made for heavier waves, like when Pipe gets big or maybe for a solid day at Sunset. That's why I needed butterflies on that one—something to calm the nerves a bit. The idea for the butterflies actually came from a shirt that I saw Pink Floyd's drummer wearing in a video.

Taco Grinder 6’5″ — 18 ¾” — 2 ½”
Artwork by John Moseley
This board is made for barreling reef breaks like Pipe or Backdoor. The idea for the artwork on this one was to kind of paint the spirit of the ocean in the form of a person.

T-Low 6’0″ — 18 ¾” — 2 …”
Artwork by Mark Avina
This is more of a traditional shortboard for really rippable waves. I'm super into eyeballs in artwork, and liked the idea of including an all-seeing eye. We also talked about incorporating ocean themes, because that's obviously the environment these boards are going to live in.

New Flyer 5’8″ — 19 ¾” — 2 …”
Artwork by Elizabeth Zaikowski
This is basically a small-wave groveler. The artwork is meant to be a depiction of pure energy, which kind of relates to what we do in the ocean riding storm energy in the form of waves.