Battle Of The Paddle Aftermath

Aloha Everyone,

Just back from Honolulu and The Battle Of The Paddle. Lots of hard work and long days but a really great time. The artwork for the event was a hit across the board. I’ll have some posters from the event in a few days after they get shipped over. I had a great time hanging out with Gerry Lopez, George Kam, Dale Hope, Wendell Titcomb, Kimo Akaka and many others. I had the great pleasure of spending more than an hour talking story with George Downing who in his 80s is the senior leader of the Hawaiian surf tribe. Uncle George is the man who decides whether or not the Eddie Aikau contest at Waimea goes off or not. His knowledge of Hawaiian waters is without peer. He had a lot of complimentary things to say about my art and some good advice on life. To hear his stories about the “old days” of Hawaiian surfing is a real treat. I also spent some time with his son Keone who won the Eddie a number of years back. I saw many old friends and made new ones as well.

After the event we had a chance to surf for a couple days in beautiful offshore turquoise Waikiki. Had a great time at Number Threes, Paradise and Poplars. The timing of the swell coinciding perfectly with the end of the race. Will have some info on the posters shortly and let those of you that have inquired know. Aloha, M.C.

5 thoughts on “Battle Of The Paddle Aftermath

  1. I rode my bicycle early Sunday morning to look around at the stage and booths. There were a few people milling around.

    Your beautiful posters seemed to be in every window of every hotel and store.


  2. Sandy Sells says:

    Sounds like a wonderful time in the islands, Michael. All the best to you and your family. The work of art you created for “Battle of the Paddle” is perfect. A perfect salutation to Duke and compliment to the beautiful people of the islands. Please let me know the cost of the poster and shipping to Encinitas,CA. I would love to purchase it.

    Warm Regards,


  3. Please drop me a line about purchasing a poster when they get in. Your poster of the Duke captures a unique time of the old days in Hawaii and connects it with the present. I would love to purchase a poster.

  4. Sara Rodriguez says:

    I would like to purchase a copy of the poster battle of the paddle 2010 could you please tell me how I could go about that?
    thank you

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