Behind the Scenes…

Aaron Chang signing his page of SURF STORY

Aaron Chang, signing his page in Surf Story

Robb Havassy just made history in the surf world, but most people won’t realize it for at least 20 years.

That’s how historical events usually go – first there’s conception, then benign interest, then slowly people begin to see the vision, then 20 years goes by before everyone agrees that it was an important shift.

Two years ago, when Robb asked Drew to write a story for this project, we weren’t sure how serious he was.  So many people say that they are going to publish a book, yet they quit once they find out how difficult it is.

But “difficult” doesn’t stop Robb Havassy. Despite roadblocks and challenges, The Surf Story Project was born and has become a truly (more…)


Surfer's Sanctuary Painting (c) Drew Brophy

Drew’s been busy painting all sorts of projects right now in a mad dash to get things done before we leave for Myrtle Beach this weekend.

He’s been finishing up paintings to sell online (they sell about as fast as we can post them) and surfboards for clients’ kids.  Right now there are 6 surfboards in the studio just about finished!

After these boards are finished, he has two more big paintings to finish before Thursday for the Hurley Exhibit!  (2 Days to paint these….)  And then there are also those 2 little paintings that need finishing….

Anyway, I thought I’d post a slide show of some of the fun little paintings and sketches that Drew’s done these past 2 months.  Many are sold, there’s a few left, and he still has 2 more to complete.  Enjoy the slide show!


Last week Drew was hired to go to Nordstroms at The Grove in LA to paint Ugg Australia boots, alongside Cory Miller of LA Ink.

When he arrived, there was a line of people waiting to get their boots painted!  The demand was so high that they asked Drew to stay 2 extra hours.

The most popular technique requested that day by shoppers was the airbrushing of Drew’s hand-made stencils of dragons, skulls and flowers.


Here are some photos from the Nordstrom’s event:

Stenciled Skull (c) Drew Brophy Dec 2009

Stenciled Skull (c) Drew Brophy Dec 2009

Stencil Artwork (c) Drew Brophy Dec 2009

Happy Customer! Artwork (c) Drew Brophy Dec 2009

Stencil Art (c) Drew Brophy Dec 2009

Stencil Art (c) Drew Brophy Dec 2009

The best part about being a father is making my son happy. Every year we build his Halloween costume. It usually takes a couple weeks and we go all out.  All of this for a few hours of fun, but a lifetime of memories and lessons.  I hope I am teaching him to dream big, that anything is possible.  He comes up with the ideas, we sketch them out, and we start to decide what is going to work. It needs to be cheap, light, and effective. We use a lot of scraps from around the surfboard factories and materials from my studio.  Dylan comes up with the best ideas. The Terminator costume cost around $40 and a lot of time together with my son. I can not wait for next Halloween. Drew