Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Freehand art on surfboard fins by Paul Carter 8-19

When I started surfing at age  5 it was the beginning of an adventure with the sea and the many waves of change of growth and exploration and facing my fears and staying focused on my dreams and positive goals.

The first fin I painted was put on the second classic 3 stringer I hand shaped was around 94-95.
  It was glassed on the board directly with no box.  It was a 3 stringer at the time from Clark foam, all redwood stringers.   It was and still is a beautiful board with a classic antique Hawaiian painting on the fin. 

When I started painting in 2000 I was inspired to do so and I went for it and been at it ever since.   My journey began with the process of learning by doing. 

The first fin below is two sided using a paint pen and 100% freehand.
I have traveled to beautiful place with amazing waves and tropical and forest landscapes, this a surf dream from parts of my travels and a Surfers dream perspective with a right & left point break.
Freehand art by Paul Carter
Paul Carter freehand art 2019

Surf Shaper Artist craftsman Paul Carter
Custom freehand art in a surfboard fin by Paul Carter 2019
The abstract fin below is a great way to let go of trying to be perfect and to free oneself of the conditioning by learning by doing.   These fins look amazing in the sunlight and the colors and design go with the custom Surfboards that I hand shape.

Wednesday, August 07, 2019

Handshaped by a Craftsman Surfer Shaper Artist 2019

The Surfboards below are 9ft on the left and 9’2 on the right.

The abstract board I rode for a couple months and it is an all around board for performance or cruising with some nice speed spots in the top half.   It has a nice curve in the tail for laying into tight turns when one is ready and willing.   

My friend Rob is now the owner of that board which weighs in around 13.5 lbs.

The blue tint board on the right is a nice combination of classic surfing and cruising with a solid stable rocker for nose riding and nice smooth turns.  That board weighs in around 15.5-16lbs.

That board was custom and hand shaped for Carolyn daughter of Rob and also the WSA west coast longboard champion.

San Clemente Surfboards & art by Paul Carter
Surfboards handshaped by Paul Carter 2019

This board is an 8’8 custom made for Chris to ride in chest high to overhead surf.
This board has a few speed spots and fun options.   The standard 3.50 sides with a 7” center is a great all around fin set up.

This is a 7’6 round pin tail with the future fins and is great with medium to large fins even the T-1 twin fins with the small center fin is great for waist to head high. 
This was made custom for Steve and the paddle and carving options.

All of these surfboards are 100% hand shaped since 1993 by a Surfer Shaper Artist.
Proudly made in the USA🇺🇸  

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Dream draw create and live the lifestyle by Paul Carter

As a surfer since age 5 it’s been a journey of growth on many levels through the single digits of youth into the double digits of the teen years to learn by doing.

The path into manhood and continuing to break through the many layers of unhealthy conditioning is a daily focus of becoming a healthy human with confidence not ego or fear.

Growing forward with faith and taking the steps with courage from the inside out one day one wave at a time is key.

I am inspired to share my journey and the experiences I have learned and continue to learn with those that resonate with them and are open to listen and learn.   

It is very empowering to share the positive selfless energy with all ages for the future generations.

 In one foot to  
 10 foot waves,  there is a freedom in facing the fears and to continue to grow through them and have fun by being totally present in the moment with positive perceptions.

I like to draw the surfboards to get a idea and a feel for what I am after before going into the shaping room to create them.

In the first drawing of surfboards the outlines are each unique and vary in dimensions starting from nose to the center down to the tail and even the width of the actual ends of the tails themselves.
San Clemente Surfboards & Art by Paul Carter
Paul Carter Surfboards & Art 7-19

The nose outlines can be changed from a round nose into a semi pointed nose and everything in between made custom for you the customer.   

Round pin tails are smooth for all around surfing,  the pin tails are for hollower waves to really stay connected to the wave.  

As you get into the thumb tails and squash tails  and into square tails, each one will release quicker out of the turns.

This is a simple overview of the many types of board designs for your surfing style.

I began writing and drawing on my personal boards in the late 80s and it has evolved even more since  started hand shaping 1993. 

The sketch below is what I create for new commissions of art and ideas.  

These custom surfboards are for surfing or to hang in a home or a business to keep the fire stoked in ones life.  

San Clemente surfer shaper artist Paul Carter surf art 7-19
San Clemente Surfboards & Art by Surfer-Shaper-Artist
Paul Carter 7-19

The boards are 100% organic in the creative process and hand shaped and hand painted freehand no tracing or computer. 

                                    Some people call me old school and I call it New school.

One must stay connected to the roots of truly Hand made and using ones left and right brain and stay in the dirt to live a healthy life of longevity.

Thank you for taking the time and reading my creative journey to the live a healthy
lifestyle by choice not chance

                                              Learning by doing is the key to be truly free.

San Clemente surfer shaper artist Paul Carter
Original Art by Surfer,Shaper,Artist Paul Carter

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Sunday, June 30, 2019

San Clemente Handshaped Surfboards & Art by Paul Carter

A new custom hand shaped surfboard for R.L.

A board for all around waves for cruising or carving.

The colors represent the four directions from the Native American Indian tradition and of life.
SoCal Surfboards by Surfer Shaper Artist
Paul Carter 2019 
This board outline has many options in size and dimensions for all ages and individual ability and needs.
Craftsman custom Surfboards by Paul Carter 2019 San Clemente
Hand shaped Surfboards by Surfer Shaper Artist
Paul Carter
This is a custom longboard for M.O with his dimensions and rockers and bottom contours.
SoCal San Clemente Surfboards by Paul Carter
New custom for Michael by Paul Carter 2019 
Handshaped since 1993 as a Surfer Shaper Artist I build and create custom boards through experience and as a craftsman I build one of kind Surfboards and art for you.

I look forward to meeting you and creating your next board,  simply call for an appointment 949-370-5807.

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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Drawing to painting trestles on a fin by Paul Carter-059 #paulcarterart

A custom painted surfboard with art on both side showing the infamous trestles and positive reminders.

I am reminded as I write this post the empowering importance of not comparing ones art, life, surfing anything and everything to anyone else's life.

Keep creating with what you enjoy and continue to learn by doing daily.

Never give up or give in to the conditioned lies that are the distractions that hold all of us back from living and creating our dreams. 

San Clemente Surfboards & Art by Surfer Shaper Artist Paul Carter
Custom Hand Painted fin 2019 by Surfer-Shaper-Artist
Paul Carter 

San Clemente Surfboards & Art by Paul Carter 2019 California
Custom surfboard fins by Paul Carter 2019

In the video I go through parts of the painting process and more.

Let go of the lies of ego and be aware of the thoughts you are having while reading and watching the video and looking at the photos and living your own life.

Why you ask,  with awareness you will see if you truly are focused on the positives or the negatives by being present in the moment and enjoying the moment.


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Tuesday, June 04, 2019

Custom 8ft Hand Shaped by a Surfer-Shaper-Artist 2019

Custom Hand Shaped San Clemente Surfboards & Art since 1993

A new 8ft board for some R/D which I have started in a overhead surf, the board paddles great and the planing speed is awesome and  accelerates through the turns when committed.
Custom Surfboards and art by Paul Carter
San Clemente Surfboards 2019
Surfer-Shaper-Artist Paul Carter 
Custom through many years of waves and thousands of surfboards handshaped by a Surfer Shaper Artist.
San Clemente Surfboards by Paul Carter
Custom Handshaped Surfboards by a Surfer-Shaper-Artist
Paul Carter 2019
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Friday, May 17, 2019

Drawing for a new surfboard fin

Painting a surfboard fin

I was recently commissioned by a long time friend C.M, we grew up surfing one of the magical surf breaks of Trestles.  

 He ask for a design around the infamous break called church,  hence the name church which was a stones throw away from the water back in a previous time capsule of Camp Pendleton.

This a perspective either from the bridge or the hill top.  There is a large palm tree on the north side of the bridge that was there in the early 1980s, along with many more just south.

I like to create a sketch of an idea before painting and this is the actual size of the fin and drawing which is a 9.5 inch fin.

When I start the painting I will adjust certain parts of the original drawing which is part of being totally present in the creative process.

Custom painted surfboard fins by Paul Carter 2019
Custom original art by Paul Carter 5-2019
 In the image below I use paint pens starting with white to layout the scene before diving into the multiple colors of the painting.

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Hand made in the USA surfboards and art by Paul Carter San Clemente,Ca
Painting process of a fin by Paul Carter
San Clemente, Ca 5-19

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