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Drew Brophy in his Art Studio in San Clemente Photo by Jason KenworthySUP The Mag magazine printed an interview with Drew Brophy.  They talk about standup paddling, standup surfing and art.

In the interview, Drew gives insight on what it was like in the early days of stand up paddling, and taking his paddleboards (and family) traveling to places all over the world.

One quote from the article:  “Everyone takes it for granted now because (standup paddling) it’s been around for a while. But imagine in those early days, there’s nobody around, just Ron and I and a couple other guys. You’re just riding these waves forever and you’re not even getting wet. It just expanded my repertoire of surfing. It’s just another form of it.”

They also talked about Drew and Seth Warren’s record breaking trip standup paddling 225 miles of the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon, paddling in New Zealand and how Standup Surfing has changed Drew’s “Big Wave Game.”

You can read the entire article here:  http://www.supthemag.com/features/from-the-mag/drew-brophy-the-sup-artist/

PHOTO CREDIT:  Jason Kenworthy

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July 23, 2013  –  Contact:  Ashley Pabst, Marketing Werks

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Drew Brophy to graffiti vintage VW bus for two-day live demonstration in Huntington Beach during U.S. Open of Surf

(Huntington Beach, CA) — The Verizon FiOS SoCal campaign and professional surf lifestyle artist, Drew Brophy are teaming up to influence SoCal residents to conquer their creativity.

Drew will use graffiti-style spray paint and airbrush to customize the vintage Verizon FiOS SoCal 1965 Volkswagen bus, LIVE, in Huntington Beach during US Open of Surf Friday, July 26th and Saturday, July 27th from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. daily.

Visitors can watch as Drew transforms the VW bus, and even win a Lost surfboard, custom painted by Drew Brophy.  Brophy will be executing his live artistry on the Strand, between 5th and Pacific Coast Highway.  

Drew-Brophy-artists-painting-van-airbrushThis live art installation is part of the Verizon FiOS SoCal campaign’s “Conquer Creativity” initiative, which offers locals a unique opportunity to design and win SoCal staples.  Participants can virtually design graphics for a beach bike, skate or surfboard, and enter those designs in the sweepstakes.  With a unique, computer-based design template, users can integrate colors, personal photos and text into their designs.

Each week, one sweepstakes entry will be randomly selected, and the winner will receive the item he or she entered – a surfboard, skateboard or beach cruiser – with graphics inspired by their design.  The winning sweepstakes items will be custom-made by local craftsmen.

For more than 25 years, Brophy’s bright, colorful art has appeared in hundreds of books, magazines and newspapers and on numerous products, including Converse Shoes, Nirve Cruiser Bikes and Liquid Force Wakeboards.

Having the freedom to experiment with many different surfaces and products allowed Brophy to grow tremendously as an artist.  Brophy’s artistic inspiration comes from surfing and traveling the globe with his wife and son.

fios socal logoAbout the Verizon’s FiOS SoCal Experience

Verizon’s FiOS SoCal Experience team is meeting with Southern California where they work, live and play in uniquely tech-laden FiOS SoCal Experience vehicles traveling throughout Southern California through the summer of 2013.  The Experience fleet includes an iconic 1965 Volkswagen van that has been transformed into a mobile entertainment experience, custom-fitted with FiOS internet and FiOS TV capability, along with a 42-inch HDTVs.

To learn more about Verizon FiOS; discover daily locations of the FiOS SoCal Experience fleet; find ways to support local community causes; and learn how to win by conquering creativity through custom design, visit http://fiossocal.com/. To learn when the team will be in your neighborhood, follow us on Twitter @VerizonCA and like us on Facebook at Facebook.com/VerizonCA.

About Verizon:  Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ), headquartered in New York, is a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline communications services to consumer, business, government and wholesale customers. Verizon Wireless operates America’s most reliable wireless network, with more than 98 million retail connections nationwide. Verizon also provides converged communications, information and entertainment services over America’s most advanced fiber-optic network, and delivers integrated business solutions to customers in more than 150 countries, including all of the Fortune 500. A Dow 30 company with nearly $116 billion in 2012 revenues, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of 183,400. For more information, visit www.verizon.com.

About Drew Brophy :  Drew Brophy has been a professional surf lifestyle artist for over 25 years.  An avid surfer and world traveler, Brophy’s career exploded in the late 1990’s when he began painting his edgy artwork onto surfboards.  Now his art is printed on hundreds of different products and his original artwork is collected worldwide.  Drew’s mission is to inspire your imagination through his paintings, and to remind people that life is good.  For more information, e-mail info@drewbrophy.com, or log onto http://www.drewbrophy.com.

 

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Drew Brophy SUP Magazine Interview in print spring 2013Talk about your Grand Canyon trip:  “That was pretty much like, ‘Yeah, I’m gonna learn to surf so I’ll paddle out at Pipeline.’  I was real naive.”

I was stoked to be interviewed by Will Taylor for SUP Magazine.  

My friend, photographer Jason Kenworthy, took the shot in my studio.   

(Note about the painting on the Standup Paddleboard in the photo:  it was commissioned by KEEN FOOTWEAR, and was inspired by my Standup journey across country last year – you can read about that here:  Adventures in America’s Back Country. )

In the interview I talk about how New Zealanders were friendly when they saw me SUP Surfing Raglan, my 225 mile SUP journey down the Colorado River, and how SUPPING saved me from small waves.

Here’s a short taste of the interview (to read the entire thing, check out the magazine):

HOW DID SUP FIND YOU?  I was in my late thirties and I couldn’t get motivated to surf all the time if the conditions were bad or there were no waves.   When the waves are small, I’m moody, and Ron House was like, “Why don’t you come standup?”  Immediately it was tremendous.  It gave me something to do when I couldn’t surf.

SO YOU WERE THERE AT THE START.  …Imagine in those early days, there’s nobody around, just Ron and I and a couple other guys.  You’re just riding these waves forever and you’re not even getting wet.  It just expanded my repertoire of surfing.

WHAT OTHER OPPORTUNITIES HAVE GROWN OUT OF IT?  It has allowed me to get into other bodies of water, whether it be rivers or lakes.  I’m a water person…..

TALK ABOUT YOUR GRAND CANYON TRIP.  That was pretty much like, “Yeah, I’m gonna learn to surf so I’ll paddle out at Pipeline.”  I was real naive.

At that point we’d only heard of a few guys that had been on the Colorado with standup boards but they all only did pieces of it.  Nobody had done it all the way.

We did 225 miles, every bit of it.  It was super-humbling experience for me.  I saw some of the gnarliest, scariest things I’ve ever seen.  But we surfed the river, man.  Big laterals coming off and you bank off of them and come down and hit these pits and come up out of it and into the next one.

Art is my job but surfing is my passion. It’s a great magazine, please check it out online here: http://www.supthemag.com/

Life is Good,

Drew

 

Dec-Jan 2012 Grand Strand Magazine did a 2-page feature titled LIVING A DREAM, Artist Drew Brophy’s career reflects the benefits of small-town community.

GS-Magazine feature-Drew-BrophyArticle begins like this:

As a teenager, Myrtle Beach resident Drew Brophy had a simple dream:  he wanted to surf.  

After a few paragraphs, moves into this:

Brophy’s international career began with an impulsive trip to Mexico at age 20.  “I just really wanted to go to those places that I saw in Surfer Magazine,” says Brophy.  “I kind of felt stuck here; I didn’t fit in.  I just gambled and went to the gnarliest place I could think of to go surfing.”  Turns out, the surfers in Mexico fell in love with the innovative designs and techniques Brophy was using to paint his surfboards.  “A light bulb went off in my head,” explains Brophy.

Fast forward to the last section:

Now, 19 years later, though Brophy has traveled the world and earned an international reputation for his art, he still values community and family above all else.

It closes with:

And as for his artistic success, Brophy humbly passes the credit to his hometown:  “It took a community to create a person like me.”

To read the entire article, you’ll have to grab a copy of GS Magazine!