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 [...]
Finally getting around to putting up some pics of a Baja mission with the boys in early Jan. We got some fun waves at a little sand bottom point break South of Rosario. Deep Baja seems like the real Baja. Where everybody is nice/drunk and laid back, the locals are happy to see you and always smiling and waving. Anything further North of this place and you feel like [...]
Check out the new issue #4 of SUPing Magazine out of Spain. It's an online mag and I've got a pretty good looking spread with plenty of juicy pictures. There's an english version in the back for those non-spanish speaking individuals. There are a lot of surfers who hate SUP's. Most of them have probably never done it... and probably never will. I have fun doing it. And until [...]
So there I was, in the hot hot sand, it was everywhere, days later I'm still picking grains out of the corner of my eyes. It was dusty, sweaty, hot and I was in the trenches... slinging prints, barefoot, no shirt on my back, stinky, haven't had a decent nights sleep in weeks. And no beer to be found. How could I forget such a crucial staple for a [...]
This will be the last Board Art Benefit Showing before the big auction October 6th. They've been adding lots of new artists and lots of new boards to the mix. Come check it out this weekend September 7th and 8th at The Quiksilver Store at the Malibu Lumberyard. Directions HERE. Should be a good time with lots of folks because there are 2 other surf events going on this [...]
A little while back a client contacted me about doing a custom surfboard graphic. We decided to go with a digital design and have Stewart Surfboards print it out as a laminate to be glassed into the board. I think it came out pretty mental. Would love to do more of these... hit me up! Digital Art Detail A happy customer about to go shred his new Abel Art [...]
Pretty cool to open up the new Surfing and Surfer Mags and see full spreads of my artwork for the Reef Hawaiian Pro... Yeeeww!
Autumn in Ventura has got to be one of my favorite times of year. The marine layer disappears, the Channel Islands are crystal clear, NW swells start to show their face and all the points wake up again... and my favorite; Evening glass offs! It's a good place to be a surfer... and better, a regular foot. There was a pretty good run of waves this last week... [...]
The time has come to drop some exciting news. Earlier this year Reef approached me about creating the artwork for the 2011 Reef Hawaiian Pro event at Haleiwa, Hawaii, part of the infamous Triple Crown of Surfing. The Triple Crown is arguably our sports most respected series of events. This was a pretty exciting project to work on knowing that the artwork will be plastered all over the event [...]
Finally a decent summer swell! I'm sure I wasn't the only one starting to freak out on the flatness around here. Dear Pacific Ocean, please keep them coming!