60 years of innovation


The most iconic name in the surf industry is celebrating it's 60th year of operation and innovation with a global art tour curated by Monster Children. Starting in Sydney on March 15th, artworks by Thomas Campbell, Geoff McFetridge, Mark Penxa, Jim Phillips Jr, Tim Chapman and Liam Gerrard, along with a plethora of O'Neill memorabilia will be exhibited in a global art and innovation tour. The exhibition will travel through Asia, Africa, Europe and North America, with the final exhibition being seen in Santa Cruz at the O'Neill Cold Water Classic WT surf event in November.

Another artist contributing to the recent stop of O’Neill’s 60 Years of Innovation Global Art Tour in Biarritz was Sam Dougados. Sam took the his art to the next level with a huge sand drawing on at Cotes de Basque, one of Biarritz’s most famous beaches, that was 30 meters wide by 25 meters high.

Not only did Sam create this huge piece, he also submitted two smaller pieces for inclusion in the gallery.

Check out Sam’s commentary below…

"For this exhibition, I created two pieces around Jack O’ Neill’s face: the first on the beach directly, drawing the logo and text directly on the beach of the Cotes De Basques, an ideal natural canvas for the beach art."

"The face is around thirty meters high on 25 meters wide. The difficulty for this job was to be as close as possible to the picture, whilst maintaining perspective. Once finished, the overhanging cliff  allowed me to take some nice photos, showing all dimensions of work in its original space."

"The second job, in the gallery this time was also to my tried and trusted techniques and using the medium of sand."

"With a gluegun and some tinted sand, I drew on the ground the outlines of the same logo of Jack O’ Neill then cover it with sand. On this "stain" of sand right in the middle of the gallery space, I stenciled the O’ NEILL logo in black tinted sand."

"Like on the beach, the guests, throughout the party, erased it little by little. Using a wave of human footprints and good times, not just the water of the sea."