Essential Summer Gear Guide

by Cathay Che


Like beer on a hot day, graphics and sport have always made a good mix. For a sophisticated take, see this six-foot-two-inch surfboard (an easy ride in most conditions) by Manhattan-based photographer Dirk Westphal, who laminates color-saturated prints on handcrafted epoxy boards. (Would you use it in real life? Says Westphal, "I liken it to a fancy sports car: You could, but why would you?") Meanwhile, Prolific California-based wave painter Drew Brophy lends images of his signature angry fish and surreal seas to a more accessible skim board. Constructed of lightweight fiberglass with a high-density foam core, you slide it on the sand as the surf rolls in. Either way, when you get back on solid ground, the beer will be waiting.

Dirk Westphal fine art surfboard, from $5,000
Dirk Westphal
Tel: 212 431 7580
Buy at: Mixed Greens
Tel: 212 331 8888

Drew Brophy Skimboard, $60
Drew Brophy
Buy at: Son of the Sea, Inc.
Tel: 949 366 5236

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