Professional Surfer Tanner Gudauskas called and wanted Drew to paint Eddie from Iron Maiden onto one of his surfboards. Being a big Iron Maiden fan himself, Drew was stoked to do it.
I had never met Tanner, though Drew’s always talked about the Gudauskas family and how talented and cool they are. The three Gudauskas brothers, Tanner, Patrick and Dane are all excellent surfers, and they have parents that seem to fully support them in everything they do.
When Tanner came into the office, I got to meet him for the first time. And I realized what makes this guy so likable – he’s a ball of positive energy, smiling big, very happy, just stoked on life! Being around someone like that, even for a few minutes, tends to rub off on you and when he left our office, I was energized with those positive vibes!
Here’s the progression of the board painting. Drew cranked up Iron Maiden the entire time he painted it, which drove me crazy. I finally made him put on his headphones so I could think without heavy metal blaring.
When the painting was done,
I thought how strange it was for such nice guy like Tanner to want something so GNARLY on his board! But, I guess even really nice guys have some skeletons in their closets…..
Keep an eye out for Tanner – he’s a San Clemente surfer that’s definitely destined to go somewhere big with his surfing. And he can throw some huge airs.