The ocean and environment are the center of my life and inspiration for my art. So it’s important to find a way to use my artistic talents to support the organizations who are working to protect our planet and keep its people healthy. Over the last few years, I’ve partnered with several nonprofits, donating art and funds to their causes.

Save the Waves


Erik Abel Save The Waves Coalition Artist Ambassador

Save the Waves protects the waves around the world. I created artwork for their line of tees with Patagonia, with proceeds going to their cause. In 2015 and 2016, I created the artwork for the “Life is a Wave” annual fundraising event. I also designed a series of posters for the World Surfing Reserves. STW has designated me as their first Artist Ambassador.

Abel Arts Collective


The Abel Arts Collective is a nonprofit that partners with artists, development organizations, and communities to create meaningful and inspirational public art projects.

Check out the video of our first project in Nicaragua.

Heal the Bay

As a California native and surfer, keeping our ocean and beaches clean is very important to me. The ocean is my sanctuary and I want to do my part to help it stay healthy. Heal the Bay is a great organization that makes a difference. I’m stoked to work with them and contribute to their cause as a Heal the Bay 2013 Partner Artist.

Read more about it HERE

Surf For Life  |  Project WOO

Abel Surf For Life Project Woo

Surf For Life and Project WOO are nonprofits that have joined forces to promote sustainable community development through the construction of educational and community centers in Latin American countries.  They work with local communities to address their greatest challenges.  We’ve started a fundraising campaign to help us go visit the newly constructed Community Health Center in Gigante, Nicaragua and paint a mural with the local community.

Read more about it HERE

SurfAid International

I was asked to participate in the Board Art Benefit for SurfAid in 2010. I’ve surfed the areas of Indonesia they work in and have seen how crucial their work is. Over the past couple of years I donated a live-painted surfboard by Ventura shaper Robert Weiner(Roberts Surfboards) for their auction, donated the artwork and original painting for their SurfAid Cup Malibu 2012 event, and released a limited edition print and Tru Protection iPhone case to raise continued funds for their cause.

More about the SurfAid Cup Malibu Print HERE.

See the Tru iPhone Case HERE.

Surfrider Foundation

Surfrider’s been one of the most influential nonprofits in the surf world since I’ve been in the water. I’ve gotten to partner with them a couple of times, donating 10% from a 2008 art show fundraiser with the Washington DC chapter at Art Whino Gallery titled “Ripple -Art Affecting Oceans” and also designing their 2010 International Surfing Day poster for Surfing Magazine.

International Surfing Day Artwork 2010

Art show fundraiser at Art Whino in DC.  And watch the video HERE

Waves For Water

Waves for Water is a nonprofit I’ve admired for a long time. I like that surfers are encouraged to participate and bring giving into surf trips. Fundraising for their Hurricane Sandy Relief Initiative was an opportunity to provide immediate aid to those affected by the storm while also supporting a great nonprofit that helps people around the world. To raise money for their cause, I will donate 15% from each limited edition print on wood sold as well as 5% from other art on my site through 2012.

Read more about it HERE.


Erik Abel AidCurrent


AidCurrent is simply a loose and growing collective of (very) individual artists that enjoy seeing our work contribute to good things in the world. AidCurrent was created to tell our stories, showcase our collective contributions, and enable us to partner directly with art lovers to make those contributions as meaningful as they can be to each of them. So far we’ve raised over $75,000 for an array of non-profits and causes.

Check it out HERE.


I try and create all of my work as sustainably as I can. Sometimes I slip, but for the most part I choose local and eco-conscious printers, soy-based inks, recycled papers and reclaimed wood, found wood and FSC-certified wood. I partner with companies that are doing their part, like Tru Protection and Prints on Wood.

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