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Surf Story Volume 2



Robb Havassy has done it again and is releasing Surf Story 2 this weekend.  It’s gonna be a massive art party if you can make it out.  I’m honored to have my art and story included in the second edition of this iconic project. You can purchase this limited edition book at

Moment Surf Co. Collab

Moment Surf Co Abel Collab, Sealion

As part of the new PNW Artist line from Moment Surf Co. in Pacific City, OR, I was asked to create something that represented a favorite moment as a surfer in the PNW.  This sealion poking it’s head out of the water is just that.  When one pops up right next to you with that classic goofy smirk, you can’t help but laugh at them.  It might be kind of a nervous laugh of relief that what popped up wasn’t one of the men in grey suits.  The Sealion graphic is available on hats, T’s, Hoodies and a tank. Grab them over at

From the Moment blog:

“We are very proud to present our collaboration series called “From Summit to Sea”. It’s a partnership with several of our favorite Northwest Artists to celebrate the beauty of our home and the moments we enjoy here. From the peaks of the Coast Range to the rugged shoreline of the Pacific, we believe it’s like no other place on earth. It is also our opportunity to raise awareness of how what happens as far away as the mountains, eventually will end up at the ocean.”  Read More…Moment Surf Co Abel Collab, Sealion HatMoment Surf Co Abel Collab, Sealion Hoodie

Life Is A Wave 2016

LIAW16 Full Info Poster - Artist Erik Abel


Come celebrate with us a Life Is A Wave!  A fundraising event for  As Artist Ambassador, this is my second year designing the event and poster artwork for LIAW.

WHAT:  Life Is A Wave, Fund-rager for Save The Waves Coalition

WHEN: Saturday, June 11th, 2016

WHERE: Mezzanine SF – San Francisco, California

Purchase tickets HERE

You can also grab 12″x18″ signed posters with event artwork in our store for only $20 right HERE

Life Is A Wave / 10th Anniversary

Life is a wave, save the waves, art by Erik Abel

Stoked to be asked to create the artwork for the Life is a Wave event again this year. Big green wave, sunset over the SF skyline, celebrating the 10th Anniversay of this annual fundraising event for Save The Waves.  G Love and Special Sauce are playing this year and there is word around the campfire I may be live painting at the event (No Promises!) If you are in the SF area on June 11th, it’s sure to be a good time.  Tickets can be purchased HERE.

World Surf Reserve / Gold Coast / Australia

World Surf Reserve Gold Coast by Erik Abel

Here’s the new 12″x18″ poster I created for the World Surf Reserve – Gold Coast in Australia. Gold Coast is the 8th Reserve worldwide and was dedicated on March 8th, 2016. Posters available for $20 at Or get the whole set of 5 for a discount. You purchase helps Save The Waves protect valuable coastlines and communities around the world.

Check it out HERE.

World Surfing Reserve Prints for Save the

World Surfing Reserve Prints by Erik Abel


Artist Erik Abel has designed a series of prints featuring famed global surf breaks to benefit coastal conservation nonprofit Save The Waves.

Abel, who is an Artist Ambassador for Save The Waves, designed a series of prints commemorating the four most recent World Surf Reserves that Save The Waves has protected through their programs. Each print features an iconic symbol of the location, honoring both the break and local culture.

The World Reserves Program (WSR) is designed to identify, designate, and preserve outstanding waves, surf zones, and surrounding environments throughout the world. Save The Waves has partnered with local communities to implement seven WSRs to date. By creating these WSRs, Save The Waves is able to support the protection of key environmental, cultural, economic, and community attributes of surfing areas.

The vibrant 12”x18” prints are printed on premium 80# stock paper that is FSC-Certified and acid-free. They are available for sale at for $20 each or $70 for the set, with sales benefitting Save The Waves’ ongoing conservation work.

“Save The Waves is one of the most effective organizations out there, “says Abel of his nonprofit partner. “The work they do towards conserving these legendary spots is critical and long lasting. I’m honored my art can raise funds for such a great cause.”

In addition to designing these prints, Abel is the artist behind Save The Waves’ 2015 Life Is A Wave artwork, their Lobos Por Siempre campaign swag, and 2013 Patagonia Cause T-shirt.

World Surfing Reserve Prints by Erik Abel

New Limited Edition Prints on Wood Panels

Erik Abel Limited Edition Print

Along with our publisher, we are proud to offer these 6 awesome and vibrant Limited Edition prints on wood panels.  These are the same cradled wood panels Abel creates his original paintings on.  They are made right here in Oregon from sustainably managed forests and are the best quality we could find. The panels are hand-primed and hand-sanded prior to printing and an additional UV coating is applied for protection.  Each print is numbered and hand-signed by Erik Abel and comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.

These prints are sold exclusively through our publisher and galleries.

See all the prints and get more info HERE.  Check out our gallery list HERE.

Erik Abel Limited Edition Print on Wood

Save The Waves Artist Ambassador


Awesome news… Save The Waves has made me their first “Artist Ambassador!”  Super honored to be among some of the legends in our sport and be able to represent such a great org.

From Save the Waves:

Save The Waves is excited to announce a new partnership with Erik Abel as our first “Artist Ambassador.” A long time artist and surfer from Ventura, CA, you may recognize his work for Save The Waves from this past June’s Life Is A Wave event art, the Lobos Por Siempre campaign t-shirts, or his Patagonia Cause T from 2013. His focus on fundraising for ocean-related nonprofits allows him to use his creative talents to support causes he believes in and Save The Waves is proud to have his support and engagement…


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