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Battle of the Paddle Painting by Drew Brophy 16 x 20 Sept 2013 20x20 SeriesFOR THE NEXT 20 DAYS, I’M CREATING 20 ORIGINAL ART PIECES that reflect my thought process and where my ideas originate from.    TODAY IS DAY 12!

I’m painting from the heart, just having fun with it.  You might love ’em, you might hate ’em, but either way, I hope they invoke a feeling for you.

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Today’s Painting is #12 of 20 in this #20×20 Series, titled THE BATTLE OF THE PADDLE,  16″ x 2o” on Canvas Board, medium Uni Poscas Paint Pens.

The “Gerry Lopez Battle of the Paddle” is the biggest standup paddle race in the world, held at Doheny State Beach in Dana Point.  The event brings together so many great athletes and people who are stoked on the sport.

The first one was held in 2008, and I was commissioned by Rainbow Sandals to create the artwork for the poster, t-shirts and signage.

In 2009 Rainbow Sandals hired me to paint a Mural, live, onsite during the event.

I decided to paint this at the Battle of the Paddle event, right on the beach.

I can remember many years ago when I was first introduced to Standup paddleboarding, when Laird Hamilton brought it from Hawaii, I had visions of ancient Hawaiian warriors marauding each other’s islands.

Painting at the Battle of the Paddle Sept 2013 Drew Brophy in Dana Point

Painting onsite at Battle of the Paddle, for Inspiration

Their paddles doubled as weapons and after spending time surfing and exploring in Hawaii and Tahiti, I have come to understand the violent nature of these warriors and how they liked to hack the heads off of their adversaries.  It brings a whole new meaning to the “battle of the paddle”!   It makes me think that this event is way too civilized.

This painting is gnarly.  I think I’m going to make a t-shirt with the art!

Hope you like it,



This painting sold to Cathy P. in Ohio.  She’s been following my #20×20 Series from the beginning.  Thanks, Cathy, for your encouragement and support!

If you wanted this one but missed it, and you want to consider the next #20×20 painting, email info @ drew brophy dot com and we will put you on the “#20X20 PAINTING PREVIEW” list, in line for the next one.

WHEN EMAILING to BUY ANY OF MY ART, or to Commission me to paint one special, just for you:  email info @ drew brophy dot com with your  phone# and shipping address.




Rock Solid and focused - Chuck Patterson racing to the finish line!

Gerry Lopez Battle of the Paddle – The most exciting Stand Up Paddle Race in history!

  • Chuck Patterson won the Elite Race – he was a madman fighting against some of the best stand up paddleboarders in the world, and a gusting, strong wind – he won the first place prize of $10,000!
  • Later, a party and awards ceremony at the Surfing Heritage Foundation made for a great celebration.
  • For more information on the Battle of the Paddle go to rainbowsandals.com/BattleOfThePaddle

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