Part Southern California surfer, part world traveler, Erik Abel creates surf art with a strong global influence. His unique blend of tribal and geometric elements, often on wood, makes him one of country’s most notable urban contemporary surf artists.
A highly regarded artist and advocate, Erik has showcased his art in leading contemporary galleries and surf institutions alike If you haven’t seen his exhibits in Art Whino or the Surfing Heritage Museum, you’ve likely spotted his designs in products from international brands including Patagonia, Pottery Barn Teen and Sector skateboards. A dedicated environmental steward and avid surfer, Erik is also the commissioned artist for major events such as Heal the Bay galas, the Reef Hawaiian Pro and the SurfAid Cup.
Whether advocating for the environment or creating his art, Erik is an outspoken supporter of sustainability. The artist is actively involved in Heal The Bay, SurfAid International, the Surfrider Foundation and other environmental nonprofits, and creates his art using sustainable materials such as eco-conscious printers, soy-based inks, recycled papers and reclaimed wood.
Why we love him: Erik values a sustainable lifestyle just as much as we do.