Official Race Artwork by Matt Beard Revealed for 19th Annual Moloka’i-2-O’ahu Paddleboard World Championships

Posted by on Jun 19, 2015 in Features, News, race art | Comments Off on Official Race Artwork by Matt Beard Revealed for 19th Annual Moloka’i-2-O’ahu Paddleboard World Championships

Official Race Artwork by Matt Beard Revealed for 19th Annual Moloka’i-2-O’ahu Paddleboard World Championships

Futures Fins create custom fin featuring race artwork for division champions The Moloka’i-2-O’ahu Paddleboard World Championships (M2O), presented by Kona Longboard Island Lager today revealed the official 2015 race art by Northern California artist Matt Beard. Beard is no stranger to the event, having produced the wildly popular M2O artwork in 2012 that helped define the experience of crossing the Ka’iwi Channel for many of the paddleboarders. Beard’s piece became so engrained in the culture of M2O; some athletes honored his work and celebrated their race with tattoos of the skeletal flying fish featured in his original piece. This year Beard built on the iconic flying fish, which depicts a creature gliding along ocean swells with an expression of grit and determination every athlete feels as they test their endurance across 32 miles of the Channel of Bones. M2O resonates with Beard.  He compares the grueling open-ocean race to being an artist.  Trying to make a livelihood from making art can be a test of endurance like no other, but Beard’s passion for ocean, surfing and art kept him going when he considered giving up on his art years ago. “I was honored to be asked back to create this year’s race artwork,” said Beard. “I envisioned the art from the paddlers’ perspective in mid-channel where the flying fish are prevalent and then it dawns on you – you’re alone over one of the deepest ocean channels in the world. I have so much respect for these athletes because they are paddling really heavy water.” Futures Fins, a long-term partner with M2O has pushed the envelope with the design of custom downwind paddleboard fins. This year, they have incorporated Beard’s artwork into a commemorative fin that only will be awarded to division winners from this year’s race. “This is a special race – there is nothing easy about it,” said Futures Fins’ Founder Vince Longo. “These paddleboarders need to be committed to the training necessary to cross the channel and Futures is committed to supporting their sport. We love the way Matt’s art came out on this year’s commemorative fin and we can’t wait to showcase it at this year’s race.” For more information visit Molokai2Oahu.com. Valued M2O partners include (alphabetically): Bluerush, Dr. Danger, DotVision, Duke’s Waikiki, Futures, Garmin, Hawai’i Tourism Authority, Kona Longboard Island Lager, Kona Red, Maui Jim, Ocean Paddler, Patagonia, Standup Paddle Magazine, Surftech, Waterman’s Applied Science and WND & WVS. About the Moloka’i-2-O’ahu Paddleboard World Championships, presented by Kona Longboard Island Lager The 19th edition of the Moloka’i-2-O’ahu Paddleboard World Championships (M2O), presented by Kona Longboard Island Lager, is set for Sunday, July 26, 2015. Founded in 1997, M2O has grown from a grassroots challenge for the legendary lifeguards of O’ahu to the premiere event in the sport of paddleboarding. The race annually crowns world champions in the two disciplines of traditional (prone) and stand-up (SUP) paddleboarding. Connecting the islands of Moloka’i and O’ahu, the 32-mile race crosses the Ka’iwi Channel, also known as the Moloka’i Channel. Men and women from more than 20 countries will face strong currents as they navigate the fastest downwind-route over one of the most beautiful and powerful channels in the world. Top athletes can complete the crossing in less than five hours, riding mid-channel waves that crest more than...

read more

2015 Race Artist Matt Beard

Posted by on May 1, 2015 in race art | Comments Off on 2015 Race Artist Matt Beard

2015 Race Artist Matt Beard

Beard is no stranger to the event, having produced the wildly popular M2O artwork in 2012 that helped define the experience of crossing the Ka’iwi Channel for many of the paddleboarders. Beard’s piece became so engrained in the culture of M2O; some athletes honored his work by tattooing to their bodies the striking image of the skeletal flying fish featured in his original piece. This year Beard built on the iconic flying fish, which depicts a creature gliding along ocean swells with an expression of grit and determination every athlete feels as they test their endurance across 32 miles of the Channel of Bones. M2O resonates with Beard. He compares the grueling open-ocean race to being an artist. Trying to make a livelihood from making art can be a test of endurance like no other, but Beard’s passion for ocean, surfing and art kept him going when he considered giving up on his art years ago. “I was honored to be asked back to create this year’s race artwork,” said Beard. “I envisioned the art from the paddlers’ perspective in mid-channel where the flying fish are prevalent and then it dawns on you – you’re alone over one of the deepest ocean channels in the world. I have so much respect for these athletes because they are paddling really heavy...

read more

Official Artwork Unveiled for 18th Annual Molokai-2-Oahu Paddleboard World Championships

Posted by on Apr 29, 2014 in News, race art | Comments Off on Official Artwork Unveiled for 18th Annual Molokai-2-Oahu Paddleboard World Championships

Official Artwork Unveiled for 18th Annual Molokai-2-Oahu Paddleboard World Championships

With numerous channel crossings under his sailing canoe and outrigger paddling, Hawai’i native MField (Mike Field) truly knows the Ka’iwi Channel. His passion for art and love of life is reflected in everything he creates. His inspiration reveals the Polynesian Lifestyle through illustrations of the ocean and floral colors that canvas the islands. That is the reason the Big Island artist was selected to create the official artwork for…

read more

Renowned Ocean Artist Unveils Official Artwork for 2013 Molokai 2 Oahu Paddleboard World Championships

Posted by on May 28, 2013 in News, race art | Comments Off on Renowned Ocean Artist Unveils Official Artwork for 2013 Molokai 2 Oahu Paddleboard World Championships

Renowned Ocean Artist Unveils Official Artwork for 2013 Molokai 2 Oahu Paddleboard World Championships

Like the athletes in this year’s Molokai-2-Oahu Paddleboard World Championships, the ocean drives and inspires the work this year’s race artist. For that reason, renowned artist Wade Koniakowsky was asked to create the official artwork for the 2013 event. Koniakowsky is thought by many to be on the cutting edge of the new-school of ocean lifestyle art. Surfer magazine describes his artistic mastery as being inspired by “dreamlike point breaks in Polynesian paradise.” For Koniakowsky, his passion is to visually express his thoughts and images onto canvas, evoking the emotions of the ocean – tranquility, power, beauty, light and color. “The ocean is my inspiration and my art is a reflection of this great force that has shaped my life,” said Koniakowsky. “I was honored to create the art for this year’s race. The event is a beautiful thing. It’s not just a race against time, it’s a race against nature and I felt it needed a painting that portrayed the battle over moving water and going against the elements.” Wade Koniakowsky lives on the Southern California Coast with his wife and daughters and shares his time between his galleries in Hawaii and California. About the Molokai-2-Oahu Paddleboard World Championships Founded in 1997, the Molokai-2-Oahu Paddleboard World Championships, presented by Kona Longboard Island Lager, is set to celebrate its 17th anniversary on Sunday, July 28, 2013. M2O is the premiere event for the sport of paddleboarding, annually crowning world champions in the two disciplines of traditional (prone) and stand-up (SUP) paddleboarding. Each year, more than 250 courageous men and women from more than 15 countries face powerful currents and surf for hundreds of yards atop swells that can reach heights of more than 12 feet in an attempt to cross 32 miles of treacherous open ocean known as the Ka’iwi (kah-EE-vee) Channel, or The Channel of Bones. The fastest athletes complete the crossing in less than five hours, which begins on Kaluakoi Beach on the north shore of Molokai and finishes in Maunalua Bay on the south shore of...

read more

Get a Sneak Peek at this Year’s Poster Art

Posted by on Feb 12, 2012 in race art | Comments Off on Get a Sneak Peek at this Year’s Poster Art

Get a Sneak Peek at this Year’s Poster Art

Matt Beard is a Northern California artist whose work has become recognized throughout the world, having been published in the Surfer’s Journal, Surfer, Surfing, Longboard Magazine and others.  Despite the attention he’s received for his art, he is no stranger to struggling though each month , somehow, managing to get by and feed his kids through his tireless pursuit of making art. Beard’s recent endeavors are driven by a humanitarian desire to make a difference in the lives of those with greater needs. He recently created a website and organized an ongoing project called the Board Art Benefit.  The project has been a huge success, raising over $13,000 to date for SurfAid International. Beard was inspired to create this year’s artwork for the Molokai-2-Oahu Paddleboard World Championships by the thought of a grueling open ocean paddle that resonates with him as an artist. Trying to make a livelihood from making art can be a test of endurance like no other.  Artists often wonder if they’ll even make it to shore, and Beard is no different.  But one thing he knows is to just keep paddling. That said, he wouldn’t mind if a boat full of sandwiches and beers pulled up next to him once in awhile. Matt Beard’s website www.beardart.com will soon host samples of his art. Look for more of his work to be incorporated into the race as race day gets...

read more

2011 Race Artist – Terry Lopez

Posted by on Feb 10, 2012 in race art | Comments Off on 2011 Race Artist – Terry Lopez

2011 Race Artist – Terry Lopez

“The Crossing”, encaustic and oil on 16”x20” wood panel, March, 2011, by Terry Lopez I created this piece with the 32 mile Molokai paddleboard crossing solely in mind.  My husband Victor Lopez and my son Shaun Lopez along with many friends here in Hawaii and the mainland have completed this race across the Ka’iwi Channel between Molokai and Oahu many times.  Hearing them talk about their experiences was inspiring to me to try and capture the essence of that race in my work.  Talk of the roles the pertinent currents, winds, tides, and the moon cycle all play in the direction of the course taken on race day, as well as, how far away the Makapuu Point Mountains  appear on the horizon, if at all, as it slowly come into focus during the crossing. For so many paddlers and watermen, this race is their Mt. Everest; making this crossing seems to be a rite of passage that challenges them on so many levels. This feeling of the race was what I was trying to capture in this piece, “The Crossing”. I received an MFA in drawing and painting from California State University at Fullerton where I also taught foundation painting and drawing classes for several years before returning to Maui in 2009.  I have also had my work shown in various group, solo, and juried shows in both California and Hawaii as well as in numerous private collections. I currently am teaching at the Hui No’eau Visual Arts center in Makawao, Maui, Hawaii where I also live with my husband, Victor Lopez. We have two grown children Allyson Lopez-Eckert and Shaun Lopez, and three grand-daughters—all of them waterpeople.     My Website is...

read more