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We caught up with Tim Bessell, a Californian based surfboard shaper, artist and sculptor to find out more about what he does and why he does it!

See our quick interview below:


Q & A with Tim Bessell

Where were you born and raised?  

I was born Wichita, Kansas and moved to La Jolla when I was 1 year old where I was raised.

What inspires you to do what you do and why do you do it?  

I love to create… I gather inspiration from many different sources: like Fine Art, Fashion and Technology.

Where did your journey as an artist begin?

My mother was an artist. As far back as I can remember we would make art in her studio together. You could say: ” I was born with a paintbrush in my hand”

How did you eventually get you where you are today?  

I started making surfboards in my garage when I was thirteen, and after producing over 48,000 surfboards has lead me on my path to lead me where I am today.

What would you consider to be unique about your work compared to similar photographers, artists or designers?

What makes my work unique is that I still hand shape every surfboard in the traditional style.

What do you consider to be your favourite project to date?

By far the Warhol Project.

What tools or techniques do you use to produce your work?

I use Templates to draw the plan shape.  Saws, Planers, and Sanders to rough the blank out. Then I use Sanding Blocks, Hand Planes and Sanding Screen to finish the blank to perfection.

Fun Facts:

Favourite Surfer: Kelly Slater

Favourite Surf Spot: Cloud Break on Tavarua Island, Fiji

Idol:  Short list: Martin Luther King…

Favourite thing to relax: Sleep


Tim’s Latest Work:

Tim Bessell’s latest project is his Artist Series Surfboards, the first in the series being his collaboration with the Andy Warhol Foundation.  These beautiful boards, although surf-able, are thought of to be collectors items as have been released in limited editions, once the last in the collection has gone there will be no more made ever again.

These boards are currently for sale on Blue Rapture.